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

Woman at doctors deciding between breast fill and breast lift, holding breast implantThere are a variety of options when it comes to breast surgery. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, it’s important to understand your surgical options and their benefits, whether it’s to add size, increase firmness, or reduce sagging.

Two of the most popular cosmetic breast surgeries are the breast augmentation and the breast lift. Here, we’ll break down the two procedures and their benefits so you can begin familiarizing yourself with your options.

What is a Breast Lift? 

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Breast lift surgery does not change the size of your breast.

What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?

True to its name, a breast lift raises breasts that are sagging due to aging, gravity, or lifestyle changes. As a result, women who receive breast lifts regain breast shape and firmness, resulting in greater confidence. A breast lift is particularly popular among women who have lost significant weight or mothers after pregnancy and breastfeeding.


What is Breast Augmentation?

A breast augementation, also known as breast enlargement, is a procedure that increases breast volume via a breast implant. There’s many different options involved in a breast augmentation, including what breast implant type you will choose, where the breast implant will be placed, and the breast implant shape. Each breast fill is tailored to each patient’s needs to meet your personal breast enhancement goals.

What are the Benefits of a Breast Augmentation?

While results will vary based on your individual procedure and surgical options, a breast augmentation across the board brings added volume and firmness to the breasts. A breast augmentation can restore volume to breasts that have lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss, or add size where nature wasn’t as kind.


Breast Lift vs Breast Augmentation–which is right for you?

A breast lift and breast augmentation are two procedures with two very different results. If you are happy with the amount of breast tissue you have and simply want your breasts lifted, a breast lift is right for you. If you are unhappy with the volume of your breasts, but don’t have a problem with sagging, breast enlargement is the better option.

Can you combine a Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift?

In some patients, it makes sense to combine a breast augmentation with a breast lift to add volume while lifting the breast to create a fuller, more firm, youthful breast. If you’re unhappy with both the volume of your breasts and the degree of sagging, you may want to consider having both surgeries done. A personal consultation with Dr. Garcia is recommended to discuss your desired goals and to learn about the surgical options available to you.


Ready to Take The Next Step Towards Achieving The Breasts You’ve Imagined?

If you’re looking for an experienced cosmetic breast surgeon in Upstate New York, look no further than Dr. Garcia of Garcia Plastic & Hand Surgery. Based in Glens Falls, NY, Dr. Garcia serves patients throughout Albany, Saratoga, Queensbury, Lake George and the Adirondacks. Whether you’ve decided to move forward with a breast augmentation, breast implants, or you’re still exploring your options, we’d be happy to chat with you. Request a consultation with Dr. Garcia or call 518-793-0475 to get started!

Additional Breast Surgery Resources:

If you’re considering having breast surgery, check out these past blogs on breast surgery topics.

Breast Augmentation Recovery: What To Expect Immediately After Surgery & In the Coming Weeks – Our board certified plastic surgeon outlines the typical stages of breast surgery recovery in the days, weeks, and months following breast augmentation surgery.

5 Reasons Your Breasts Are Sagging & What to Do About It – Learn about common causes sagging breasts & find out what you can do to combat the factors that can cause your breasts to lose their perk over time.

Answers to Common Breast Augmentation Surgery Questions – Find answers to frequently asked questions about breast implant surgery, including details about risks, recovery, breastfeeding, incision options & more!