Deciding between a breast lift and breast augmentation

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jan 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

deciding on a breast surgeryBreast augmentation is one of the top cosmetic surgery procedures because it can help women get full, attractive, natural-appearing breasts that satisfy their ideal look. In some cases, a woman may want to change the appearance of her breasts, but is unaware of various breast surgery options when it comes to augmentation or a breast lift.Most women automatically consider having breast augmentation since the procedure is more popular than breast lift surgery, but depending on the current size and shape of their breasts, women may benefit more from just breast lift surgery, or can combine breast augmentation with a breast lift to help them achieve their ideal look.

Deciding on a breast surgery procedure

If you’re interested in having breast surgery to change the size and shape of your breasts, your best option is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon so they can provide you with their feedback and recommendations in regards to the best procedure for you.

Here are questions your plastic surgeon may ask to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for breast augmentation:

  • Are you happy with the appearance of your breasts, but wish they were fuller and larger?

  • Are your breasts perky and lack sagging or loose skin?

  • Are your breasts symmetrical, or similar in shape and size?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your surgeon may suggest that you undergo breast augmentation. However, if you answered no to any of the above questions, your plastic surgeon may ask you the following questions to determine if breast lift surgery is a better option:

  • Are you happy with the size of your breasts, but unhappy with their shape, volume, or sagging?

  • Do your nipples point downward?

  • Do you want to have breasts that are perkier and more firm?

  • Do your areolas look enlarged?

  • Do your breasts, or the skin around your breasts appear stretched?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, breast lift may be your ideal breast surgery option. Many women also combine breast lift with breast augmentation if they find that they agree with the questions regarding both procedures.

Doing the pencil test

If you’re unsure about the breast surgery procedure you should have, do an at-home pencil test to determine if your breasts are considered saggy based on appearance and shape.

  1. Obtain a standard, number two pencil and stand in front of the mirror.

  2. Lift a breast with one hand, and place the pencil horizontally into your natural breast crease.

  3. Release your breast, then release the pencil.

  4. Examine whether the pencil falls to the ground, or stays put. If the pencil falls, your breasts may not be sagging as significantly as you might think. On the other hand, if the pencil stays in place, your breasts may be sagging to some degree.

If the pencil stays in place, look in the mirror and take note of where the pencil is positioned in relation to your nipple. If your nipple is positioned above the level of the pencil, your breasts may appear deflated as a result of breastfeeding or weight loss. If your nipple is positioned at the same level as the pencil, sagging may be mild, but you could still benefit from a breast lift. If your nipple is below the pencil, or points downward or at the lowest point of your breast, your surgeon may agree that a breast lift is your best option.

Are you in the process of deciding between breast augmentation and breast lift surgery? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.

Topics: Breast lift, Breast augmentation

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