Undergoing a breast lift or augmentation can be a life changing experience for many women. Whether you’re looking to enhance your shape or correct sagging caused by aging, pregnancy, or breast feeding, a breast enhancement procedure will produce beautiful, natural-looking results and give you renewed confidence in your own body.

Two of the most popular breast enhancement procedures are a breast lift and a breast augmentation, but how should you decide which breast enhancement procedure will be right for you?

We’ve put this guide together to help you better understand the differences between the two procedures and judge which might best meet your unique needs.

When is a Breast Lift the Right Choice?

A breast lift involves elevating your breasts to a higher position on your chest. The breast tissue will be lifted to the level of the breast fold, with the excess skin below being tightened and shaped. The procedure might involve an areola lift as well to raise your nipples and reduce their size.

Women may choose to have a breast lift to address drooping, low nipples, or asymmetrical breasts.

In general, a breast lift is the best choice when:

  • Sagging is moderate or severe
  • Nipples are positioned downwards, not centred, or are too large
  • A patient does not want to increase her cup size

A breast lift can safely be performed on patients of any age. Many women choose to wait until after they’re finished having children, but a breast lift leaves nipples and milk ducts intact and will not affect your ability to breast feed
in future.

It’s important to remember that a breast lift alone will not necessarily make your breasts larger. A breast lift instead contours and shapes your breasts, helping them appear fuller and firmer.

When is a Breast Augmentation the Right Choice?

A breast augmentation uses saline or silicone implants to increase the size of your breasts and transform their appearance. The implants will be placed behind existing breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle and centred underneath the nipples.

Women may choose to undergo a breast augmentation to address and correct asymmetry, restore their breasts’ firmness and fullness, or complement a curvaceous figure.

A breast augmentation is better when:

  • Sagging is mild
  • Nipples are still centred and pointing forwards
  • The patient wants to increase her cup size

It’s important to maintain realistic expectations about your breast augmentation. You should speak frankly with your surgeon about your desired results so they can make recommendations appropriate for your body and provide useful advice, ensuring you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

Consult with Your Cosmetic Surgeon to Decide which Breast Enhancement Procedure will be Right for You

Deciding on a breast lift or a breast augmentation is a highly personal decision, influenced by your body’s own limitations and the results you’re hoping to achieve.

For the best results, your cosmetic surgeon might recommend performing a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation. A breast lift will raise and tighten your breasts, while implants will make them fuller and enhance their shape.

It’s important to work with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can help you explore your options and discuss the approach best suited to your unique needs. Having an informed, positive outlook about your breast enhancement procedure – whether a lift or an augmentation – will ensure you’ll walk away feeling satisfied and enjoying your transformed, youthful figure for years to come.

The Brampton Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa performs breast enhancement procedures that consistently exceed clients’ expectations. We serve Brampton, Mississauga, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Contact us to book your consultation today! 

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About Dr. Robert Sleightholm

Dr. Robert Sleightholm is one of the founders of the Brampton Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa. He is the clinic’s Director of Surgery and, since its opening in 1994, has safely and successfully completed more than 200 cosmetic surgery procedures each year. An Ontario plastic surgery veteran, he is a board-certified Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC).

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