Due to aging and other forces that are beyond our control, many women are looking for ways to improve the lift and shape of their breasts. Some women experience changes in their breast shape or size after childbearing and breastfeeding, such as losing volume or perkiness. Others may have breasts that never developed during puberty or didn’t develop proportionally.
Choosing between a breast lift and breast augmentation can be confusing. In this article, we’ll explain each procedure offered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Gray at Bay Area Plastic Surgery so you can get a better idea of which treatment might be best for you.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is when the breasts’ shape, volume, and fullness are enhanced by way of implants. The most common types of implants include silicone and saline. Dr. Gray offers both of these options; however, there are some key differences when considering which one to choose for your augmentation.
Silicone implants consist of a silicone-based gel and are considered to feel the most like natural breast tissue.
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution and are considered to feel firmer. Also, because the saline is injected into the implant after implantation, the volume of the breast can be slightly adjusted during surgery for more precise results.
There are numerous manufacturers and types of implants. You can learn more about each type by visiting our comprehensive breast augmentation page.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is the alternative to a traditional breast implant that targets a different set of needs and produces different results. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, heredity, and many other factors can contribute to sagging or flat breasts. This condition can be challenging to deal with, but there are several types of breast lift surgery options that can significantly improve your breasts’ shape and position by excising skin and repositioning tissue for a perkier chest. The procedure can also reduce the size and adjust the position of the areolas.
You can learn more about the different approaches to breast lift surgery by visiting our breast lift page.
Combining Breast Augmentation with Breast Lifts
Women often experience drooping breasts and lack of fullness at the same time, which cannot always be addressed with one breast enhancement procedure alone. If this is the case, combing multiple techniques can help you reach your desired goals.
Dr. Gray offers a breast augmentation and lift at Bay Area Plastic Surgery. As the name implies, the procedure includes a breast augmentation with a lift and is the best way to get the most from your surgery. With this procedure, your breasts will not only increase a cup size but will also be set better on your chest.
Breast Reconstruction with Dr. Leonard Gray
When considering any surgery, it’s important to choose the procedure that is right for you and your individual goals. It’s equally as important to find a surgeon who is experienced in breast reconstruction. Dr. Gray is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience conducting surgical procedures of the breast, body, and face. If you are interested in learning more about reconstructive breast surgery and why patients choose Dr. Gray as their breast augmentation specialist in San Francisco, contact us by phone at 415-434-8858 or online to schedule your consultation today!