Boob Job or Breast Lift: Which One Should You Get?

Boob Job or Breast Lift: Which One Should You Get?

Women regularly get breast implants to make their breasts bigger and fuller, but what if a breast lift is better for you?

The following blog post might help you identify what´s a better fit for you.

First things first here´s a breakdown of each one.

Most commonly known as a boob job, breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure which women undergo mainly to increase breast size and enhance breast shape typically through the placement of silicone or saline implants.

Its goal is to enhance the patient’s natural proportions creating a more, aesthetically, symmetrical and overall pleasing breast profile.

Women choose to have the procedure for many different reasons, having bigger breast is usually the favorite, but also boob augmentation is one of the most effective procedures to correct breast asymmetry and rare conditions such as tuberous breast deformities,

Alongside this, the most common reasons are,

1. Restoring breast fullness lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
2. Feeling more confident in a swimsuit.
3. Enhancing self-image.
4. Adding balance to better complement curvy hips.

As was said before, a boob job refers to mainly enlarging breast and a lift is the surgical procedure of raising sagging breasts, by removing excess tissue surrounding the bust. It can be done with or without the placement of implants.

This is the most common reasons women choose breast lift surgery:

1. To improve chest contour after a significant weight loss, this more than often means losing mammary gland volume, this operation can give the women who undergo it a more youthful and proportional shape by removing excess skin

2. To enjoy perky and beautiful bosom for the first time, a significant number of breast lift patients have had drooping breast since their teens, and this procedure can help them get the breast profile they always wanted.

3. To restore a better breast shape following pregnancy, some unpleasant changes on a women’s body present themselves after they’re due and done with breastfeeding, but a breast lift, with or without implants can help these women restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance to their breasts,

Another difference between them is the type of incisions used for each one.

There are 4 types for boob jobs,

1. Peri-areolar, the incision is made around the outer edge of the areola leaving the scar located within its natural transition in pigmentation. On a side note, this type of incision is commonly chosen by Cosmetic surgeons when performing a mild breast lift at the same time.

2. Inframammary, the incision is made in the crease underneath the breast, which is called inframammary fold. The scar is usually between 1 to 2 inches of size but it can easily be concealed within the crease.

This is most commonly used when a larger implant is being placed it allows the cosmetic surgeon to be more precise when a patient is undergoing the procedure.

3. Trans-axillary, it involves a small incision made within the armpit, then the cosmetic surgeon with the aid of special equipment such as a specialized camera and instruments will place the breast implant. Scaring is minimal in the armpit area but achieves a breast augmentation with no scar on the breast itself.

4. Trans-umbilical, this technique involves an incision just above the belly button. Each breast implant is inserted through this one incision and the brought up to the breast. One of the best parts of this operation is a single scar nowhere near the breast itself.

For breast lifts, these are the 4 most common procedures,

1. Crescent Lift, most Cosmetic surgeons commonly go for this technique when their patient has a very small amount of sagging to correct and implants are also being placed. It involves a small incision that runs halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola.

2. Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift, this type of breast lift is commonly used, as it allows the surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with midsize easily hidden scars.

It involves two incisions: one around the edge of the areola and one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a “lollipop” shape.

3. Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift, this technique may yield the best result if you have a significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissues, it's mostly used when the patient is also having a breast reduction with a lift.

It involves three incisions, one around the areola, one going vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease and one hidden in the breast crease going along the inframammary fold.

While this kind of procedure may result in visible scarring, they typically fade with the proper care and can be easily hidden.

4. Lastly, the peri-areolar technique is also used for breast lifts and is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, this works best on women with mild breast sagging and as an ad in benefit, it helps reduce the size of the areola due to the fact that the resulting scar traces the edge of the areola.

When you get a medical intervention such as this recovery time may vary depending on each patient, but it usually takes from 3 to 6 weeks. So with that said, have you decided which one should you get?

What works better for you?

While the only way to confirm whether or not a breast lift or boob job is right for you is to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon there are a couple of questions you can ask yourself to get a general idea of which of this procedures is best for you.

For breast lifts, you can ask yourself the following questions,

1. Do my nipples seem to point downward? Naturally, with age, the skin at the base of the breast stretches out and begins to sag and the weight of the breast tissue will pull the nipple downward

2. Am I happy with my breast size when wearing a bra? A breast lift can help make the patients breast look rounder, fuller and overall better in a bra, but it alone will not significantly change the size of their breast.

So if the overall desired result is adjusting the shape and position of their breasts whilst changing their size, having a breast reduction or augmentation would be optimal.

3. Does the nipple/areola sit below the crease underneath my breast? When a potential candidate is being evaluated as to what technique would work best for them, surgeons frequently look for the position of the nipple/areola in relation to the inframammary fold.

There is a simple test that can be performed at home to know if you are eligible for this kind of surgery: Take your bra off, slide a paper sheet underneath your breast so it sits against the breast crease.

Look in the mirror and check to see if your nipples sit below the top of the edge of the paper if so, this is a good indication that you could benefit from a breast lift.

4. Are my breasts asymmetrical or unusually shaped? Breast lift surgery reshapes the breast tissue as well as lifts sagging breasts, so it makes it very effective for improving breast symmetry and performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon could restore a more normal, rounded shape to tuberous breasts.

And for a boob job, the question is quite simple,1. Do I want my breast to be bigger than the size I have right now? Though breast augmentation can be used for conditions such as tuberous breast deformities, most of the time the main focus is augmenting breast size.

How do I choose the right physician?

If you’re considering this or any other procedure, the most important decision you’ll make is who will perform it. The first time you visit a potential surgeon, ask how many surgeries of this sort he or she has performed.

Also, they usually have a look book of before and after photos make sure to look at plenty of them during your consultation, this will help you get a feel on the surgeon’s aesthetic style. That way you can also feel more comfortable deciding which procedure should you get.

Check to see if he or she is board-certified, this guarantees that they were specifically trained and experienced in cosmetic surgery and that your procedure will take place in an accredited facility.

Plus, do not choose your surgeon based on price, no amount is too high to ensure your safety and results. Most surgeons offer financing options to help a patient fit their budget.

Also, lose the fear of going outside the US to undergo surgery, there are facilities such as Baja Surgery Center that make becoming a medical tourist a breeze.

They help set up logistics for every step of the way. Travel, accommodations for recovery time, meals, and all of their surgeons are board-certified. Trust and comfort are a must for them, come see for yourself.

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