According to recent statistics by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation and breast lift surgery have both remained in the top five most popular cosmetic procedure for the past couple years. Many patients who are seeking breast surgery do not know the differences between the two procedures. Atlanta breast surgery patients frequently come into consultations with one procedure in mind when they actually need the other, or even both. As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast procedures, Dr. James Namnoum has discovered many patients might be interested in learning more about each procedure that will better meet their aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation involves the insertion of breast implants to augment the shape and size of the breasts. Patients have several choices about implants like type, size, shape, and texture. Implants come in a wide variety of choices customizable for each patient’s desired look. Breast augmentation is not only a cosmetic procedure, but it may also be used in breast reconstruction after breast cancer removal surgery when there is enough healthy tissue to support implants.
Many patients assume breast augmentation will resolve excess skin and sagging breast tissue that can develop with age and child birth; however, this is typically better accomplished through breast lift surgery. The breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that augments the position of a woman’s breasts that have shifted downward due to aging, pregnancy, or substantial weight loss. During a breast lift, Dr. Namnoum utilizes techniques to tighten existing breast tissue and remove excess skin, fat and glandular tissue for a more youthful appearance.
Often, breast lifts are performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to enhance the size or volume of the breasts. They can also be combined with other procedures such as breast revision or breast reduction surgery. Breast augmentation alone can increase breast size but not exactly the shape and position of the breasts.
Dr. Namnoum reminds Atlanta breast surgery patients to thoroughly research their prospective surgeon and procedures to determine which options will best fulfill their needs. To learn more about the breast procedures that Dr. Namnoum offers or if you’re interested in a particular procedure, visit our website to schedule a consultation today. Also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.