What's the difference between breast implant surgery and breast lift surgery?


A breast augmentation or implant procedure, also known as a ‘boob job’, is a treatment which surgically alters the size and shape of the breasts. The surgery can restore breast fullness after pregnancy, or weight loss.

A breast lift procedure, also known as a mastopexy, can lift and shape sagging breasts to make the chest more pert, and the procedure is often done in conjunction with breast implants to restore volume.

Breast implants come in various shapes and sizes for a subtle or more noticeable change.

During implant surgery an incision is made and implants are inserted either between the skin and the chest muscle, or beneath the chest muscle, depending on how much loose skin you have. Breast surgery generally takes about ninety minutes to complete.

For a breast lift procedure the surgeon will make one incision underneath the breast, following the natural curve, and another from the nipple down towards the bottom of the breast. Excess skin is then removed and the nipple and areola (the dark area around the nipple) are moved to a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then pulled tightly down and together to reshape the breast, then the breast will be stitched together to hold the new shape.

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