Cosmetic surgery has become very popular among women who want to regain a youthful look or enhance the aesthetics of their bodies. The procedures used continue to become safer and offer even better results. Two of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.
While both are meant to enhance the appearance of your chest, there are a few differences that may help you decide which will help you achieve the look you want. Both are surgical procedures performed in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia and have a roughly 6-month-long recovery process before you are fully healed and see the final results.
Breast augmentation surgery is meant to increase the volume or shape of the breast. This can help regain lost volume from nursing or age. Although breast augmentation will resolve some sagging of the breast, the main goal is to achieve larger and shapelier breasts.
There are currently two materials used to create the implants used in breast augmentation, silicone, and saline, and both will require replacement around 10 years after the surgery. Though, many women can wait even longer before replacement is needed.
Breast lift surgery, on the other hand, does very little to affect the size of the breasts and has a primary goal of reducing or eliminating the sagging that has occurred from age or other causes. There may be some improvement to the shape of the breasts as the skin is tighter, but the size will remain the same, if not slightly reduced.
Even though the two procedures are different in their goals, many women opt to have both performed at the same time. This is a safe way to provide a more overall enhancement to the appearance of your breasts without the need for two separate surgeries.
If you want to enhance your chest, call the surgeons and staff at UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA. The expert staff can answer all your questions about cosmetic surgery and help you decide if a breast augmentation or breast lift surgery is right for you.