When it comes to enhancing the overall look of your chest, there are a few different ways that you can do it. Two of the most common cosmetic surgeries in San Ramon, CA are breast augmentation and breast lifts. Dr. Michelle has listed down key differences between these types of procedures so that you can choose the best one that fits your needs.

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift

Breast augmentation surgery involves enhancing the actual size and shape of the breasts. Patients who undergo this type of surgery will have silicone or saline implants installed in the chest or fat transferred from other areas of the body to the chest to increase its overall volume.

On the other hand, a breast lift is all about enhancing the overall look of the breasts. This procedure will fix problems like sagging as well as asymmetrical breasts. This particular surgery does not involve increasing the actual size of the breasts.

Which Procedure to Choose?

When trying to decide between breast augmentation surgery and a breast lift, it’s important that you outline your specific goals for the surgery. If you’re just looking to enhance the overall size of your breasts and don’t really want to change their firmness or shape, then breast augmentation is the correct surgery for you. 

But if you’re looking to reshape your breasts and give them a more firm and non-saggy appearance without increasing their size, then a breast lift procedure is the ideal solution for you.

It’s important to note that you can combine breast augmentation and breast lift. When done during the same operation, they can further enhance the volume of the breasts, as well as add to their firmness and the overall look of the chest.

What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Surgery

In the days leading up to your cosmetic surgery, you’ll need to stop taking or limiting the intake of some of your medication–consult with your primary healthcare provider if this is possible for you. 

On the day of your surgery, expect to be put under general anesthesia. Depending on the specific type of surgery that you have, it can take anywhere between two and four hours to complete.

Once the surgery is over, there will be some swelling and soreness at the treatment location. This is common for the first few weeks following the surgery, and you’ll have to wear a compression garment to help support your breasts. Recovery will take up to a month or more until you can return to your regular physical activities. This scarring from breast surgery will fade away over the months following the surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Michelle

When you’re debating a breast augmentation vs lift, it’s important to immediately consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle, she can answer all your questions about both types of breast surgery and help you decide which one best meets your needs. Additionally, she can help you create realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery to ensure that you’re satisfied with the results. 

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