What is the Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation

August 9th, 2016

If you desire a change or enhancement in your breasts, you have a couple of options that might suit you. The overall outcome you are looking to achieve and your specific issues with your breasts determines which option is best for you. Two common and popular breast  procedures available to you are the breast lift and breast augmentation. Below are explanations of both so you can decide which one (or both) is better suited for you.

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Breast Lifts Becoming Much More Popular

June 2nd, 2014

New statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that breast lifts have become significantly more popular in the United States since the year 2000.

The 70 percent increase — with more than 90,000 mastopexy procedures performed in 2013 by ASPS member surgeons — means lifts are increasing at twice the rate of breast-implant surgeries.

The most-common cosmetic surgery in the U.S. is still breast implants, with more than 290,000 people undergoing the procedure last year.

“Many women are looking for a youthful breast by using the tissue they already have,” said ASPS President Dr. Robert X. Murphy Jr. “The ideal candidate for a breast lift is a woman who has a good amount of breast tissue left, who doesn’t necessarily want to have implants. Many women aren’t sure if they are a candidate for this type of surgery, but a simple pencil test can tell them if they are.”

The pencil test involves placing a pencil under the breast: “If the breast tissue holds the pencil in place against the chest, that implies that there’s a hanging nature to the breast that can be fixed with a lift,” Murphy explained.

At Madison Cosmetic Surgery in Wisconsin, Dr. Clifford King restores firmness to sagging breasts. Pregnancy, change in body weight and aging all can result in breasts losing their original shape and elasticity. Through a breast lift procedure with Dr. King, patients can achieve a firmer, more youthful, natural-looking figure.

For details on the procedure — including combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation, using the procedure to create symmetry between the breasts, and concentric mastopexy (a less-invasive procedure for patients with smaller breasts and minor sagging) — please visit our breast lift page.

Examples of Dr. King’s work may be viewed in our breast lift before-and-after photo gallery.

To find out more about a procedure or to schedule a confidential consultation, contact Madison Cosmetic Surgery.