Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) are two distinct cosmetic procedures aimed at enhancing the appearance of the breasts. While both procedures can improve the overall aesthetics of the breasts, they address different concerns and achieve different outcomes.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. It is commonly sought by individuals who desire larger or fuller breasts, rather than resolving sagging or dropping.

Breast augmentation involves the insertion of saline or silicone implants into the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscles. These implants help increase breast size or restore lost volume, resulting in a fuller and more rounded appearance.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that reshapes and lifts sagging or drooping breasts. It is commonly performed on individuals whose breasts have lost firmness and elasticity due to factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations or natural aging.

During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is reshaped to lift and support the breasts. This procedure helps restore a more youthful and uplifted appearance by repositioning the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound.

Combining Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

In some cases, patients may opt to undergo a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) procedures. This combined approach addresses both volume loss and sagging, providing a more comprehensive breast enhancement.

A combined procedure can provide individuals with increased breast volume, improved shape and lifted appearance. However, this option may involve a more complex surgery and therefore a longer recovery time. To determine which procedure is best suited to your specific needs and desired outcomes, it is essential to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. They will evaluate your anatomy, discuss your goals and provide personalised recommendations based on their expertise.



Ultimately there is no ‘better’ choice between augmentation and a breast lift (mastopexy) as it depends on your individual preference and specific goals of the appearance of your breasts. Here at One Ashford Hospital we have a professional team of cosmetic surgeons on hand to discuss your options.


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