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Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift: What’s the Difference?

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Breast augmentations and breast lifts (mastopexy) are two different types of cosmetic breast surgery. Breast augmentation addresses breast volume, whereas a breast Lift (mastopexy) addresses breast sagging. If recommended, both plastic surgery procedures can be done simultaneously to achieve beautiful results at CARE Plastic Surgery.

What’s the Difference?

 Breast AugmentationBreast Lift
Ideal CandidateA patient who desires fuller, larger breastsA patient who desires correction of breast sagging and breast shape
What It DoesDuring a breast augmentation surgery, double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Coan will place silicone breast implants, often referred to as “gummy bear implants,” under or over the patient’s pectoral muscles in the chest through an easily concealed incision spot. The patient works together with Dr. Coan to choose the size, shape, and profile of the breast implant. Overall, this surgical procedure will help the patient achieve more volume and fullness in their breasts.During breast lift surgery, Dr. Coan will reshape and elevate the existing breast tissue, remove excess skin, and place the nipple in a more aesthetically appealing position. If loss of volume is also a concern, a breast augmentation can be paired with a breast lift.
What It Does Not DoA breast augmentation surgery will not correct sagging breasts, nipple placement, or any other preexisting asymmetries.Breast lift surgery alone does not add volume to the breasts.
Recovery TimeMany patients report feeling back to their “normal selves” within a week! However, a full recovery, including clearance to resume normal activities without restrictions, takes 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months).Recovery and clearance to resume normal activities without restrictions is given to patients 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) after breast lift procedures.

Am I a Candidate For Breast Surgery?

For questions regarding whether you are a fit patient for breast augmentation or breast lift surgeries or questions regarding pricing, please call CARE Plastic Surgery, located in Cary, NC, at 919-484-4884 or visit our online surgical pricing page.

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