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How to Decide if You Need a Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

As a woman ages, the body undergoes many changes, particularly due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and hormonal fluctuations. Over time, the breasts may lose volume and begin to sag. No matter your breast size, you may be vulnerable to these changes. So, what can you do to decide if a breast lift or breast augmentation is right for you?

There are many things to consider when deciding on the right approach for your body. Three of the most critical factors to consider are the position of your nipples, your interest in adding breast volume or lack thereof, and your desired breast size. With these answers, you can determine which approach is best for your needs.

If you are local to Long Beach, CA, or the broader Southern California region, the experts at Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery are more than happy to help you determine the best approach for your needs and personal goals. In the meantime, here’s some more information on the three most critical factors influencing your decision to pursue a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or both!

Position Of the Nipple

If you’ve noticed your nipples face downwards or sit below the crease of your breast, this may indicate that you are a match for a breast lift. When the breast tissue begins to sag due to volume loss, the areola may move positions or enlarge. As this occurs, your nipple may also sag. With a breast lift, you can lift the breast tissue and reposition the nipple to a perkier and more youthful-looking position. Your areola will be reshaped during the procedure in addition to these changes.

Current Breast Volume and Size

If you are interested in adding more volume to your breasts, you have the option to try on different implants and learn of additional options that may be suitable for your goals. Your surgeon will also go over methods for correcting asymmetry if that is an issue. If you have overly large breasts and are interested in breast reduction surgery, your surgeon can explain how you may combine this procedure with a breast lift and/or augmentation to achieve the best result.

A Combined Approach

It is also common for both a breast lift and augmentation to occur simultaneously or as part of one procedure. You’ll be in recovery for a shorter period of time if you pursue both in one surgery. Even years following your breast lift, you can still pursue breast augmentation if that is more applicable to your situation. In some cases, a breast lift and breast augmentation are best combined to adequately address overall breast size. Please talk with your surgeon to see their recommendations based on your goals.

Contact Dr. Waltzman to Begin Your Journey

Reach out to Dr. Waltzman and schedule a consultation to begin planning your journey for cosmetic intervention. Together you’ll determine which approach to breast changes makes the most sense for your goals and body. Call (562) 448- 6100 to get started and know that a happier you is on the way!

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