Breast Implants or Breast Lift?

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Breast Implants or Breast Lift?

“How do I know if I need a breast lift or just implants?”

I hear this question every consultation day.

There are some ways you may be able to determine for yourself, even before consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Perhaps the most important principle to know: breast implants do not lift the breast.

Breast Implants:

  • Breast implants (/denver-breast-augmentation-breast-implants) provide volume to make the breast larger;

  • Breast implants provide volume to fill out a deflated breast (for example, it’s common for many women to lose volume from their natural breast, after pregnancy and nursing);

  • Breast implants can contribute to shaping a breast :

    • More fullness to the upper breast/chest;

    • Add projection (the amount the breast sticks out beyond the ribs);

  • Breast implants do not lift a nipple position;

    • If the nipple is below the height of the breast crease or if the nipple points downward, a breast lift is needed to elevate nipple position;

  • Breast implants do not change the height of the bottom of the breast.

    • If the bottom of the breast appears too low to you, a lift is the only way to raise its position.

Many differences between the left and right breast (asymmetries) can be corrected with implants alone; other shape differences may require additional shaping or lifting techniques to give an optimal result.