Breast Lift vs Augmentation: Which Is Right for You?

If you are looking to enhance the appearance of your bust line, there are a number of options available. The technique you choose will depend on the specific issues you are hoping to resolve and the overall outcome you want to achieve. Two of the most popular procedures for breast enhancement are breast augmentation and a breast lift. We will take a look at each of these procedures to help you determine if one, or possibly both, are suited to you and your cosmetic goals.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift raises and firms the breasts for an entirely new contour. While some procedures may provide additional cleavage due to the new positioning of the breasts, this technique does not make the breasts bigger by itself. Benefits of a breast lift include the following:

  • A correction for drooping breasts
  • Repositioning of the nipple for a more natural look
  • Perkier, younger contour with firmer breasts

What is Breast Augmentation?

The goal of breast augmentation is to increase your breast cup size by inserting implants into your breasts to achieve a larger size. Implants come in either silicone or saline. The benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • The breasts measure larger after the procedure
  • Scarring is usually in a hidden area
  • A variety of implants allow women to get the look they desire

For women who are considering a breast augmentation who also have drooping breasts, the augmentation procedure by itself will not reposition the nipples for a more natural look. In these cases, it may be beneficial to administer both augmentation and a lift. This can be done in a single procedure, or the lift can be done sometime following the augmentation.

Which is Right for You?

The choice to have breast augmentation and/or a breast lift is a personal one, you can find more information on both procedures at In general, women who have sagging breasts often consider having a breast lift. When the sagging is pronounced, this decision may be an easy one to make. However, for women with mild to moderate sagging, the decision may be harder.

For women who do not have a problem with sagging, but want to boost the size of their breasts a breast augmentation is probably the best decision. The decision between silicon and saline implants is not always an easy one. Both surgeon and patient need to work together to make a decision on which is best for the patient’s needs and body shape.

In some cases, both procedures may be administered at once for a more dramatic result. If you think you will need both procedures for best results, talk to your doctor about whether you should have both done at the same time. If you are unsure of the breast lift procedure, your doctor may recommend getting breast augmentation first, and then deciding whether a breast lift is still required to achieve the desired result.

Women who are unhappy with the look of their breasts have a number of options available. If you are considering a breast augmentation, breast lift or a combination of the two procedures, it always important to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess all your options thoroughly.