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How to Determine Which Type of Breast Surgery is Right for You

Cosmetic breast surgery can involve breast augmentation alone, a breast mastopexy alone, or a combination of these two procedures. Here are some of the factors to consider when you are deciding which option is right for you.

For women who are looking to enhance their appearance, there are several different types of cosmetic breast surgery procedures available. During a one-on-one consultation with your plastic surgeon, they can address factors such as your aesthetic needs, concerns, and general health, to determine which type of breast surgery is right for you. 

Here are four procedures you may be looking at: 

  • Breast augmentation: Includes the use of silicone or saline implants to increase the size of your breasts 
  • Breast lift: Raises your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue
  • Breast augmentation mastopexy: A combination of augmentation and a lift, designed to produce a totally rejuvenated breast 
  • Breast reduction: Removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts to make them lighter and firmer 

Customized Cosmetic Breast Surgery at Our Kelowna Private Hospital 

At our Kelowna private hospital, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons offer a range of cosmetic breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast mastopexy, or combination surgeries. We can assess all your concerns and goals to help determine which procedure will give you the safest and best results. 

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Which Breast Surgery is Right for Me? Top Questions to Ask Yourself 

As you age, your breasts might not be as full or perky as they once were. As a result, many women seek to undergo breast surgery to restore a more youthful fullness and shape to breasts that sag after getting older, having children, or weight loss. 

If you are looking to improve the appearance of sagging breasts, you may have already asked yourself the following questions: 

  • Do I need breast implants? 
  • Would a breast lift work for me? 
  • Do I need both implants and a lift? 

Booking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the very best way to determine which of the above options will work best for you. However, to get you started here is a basic guide to follow when you are deciding which breast surgery is right for you:

Breast Augmentation 

A breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to enhance the size of your breasts by using silicone or saline implants. This procedure is very effective if you: 

  • Want to add volume to your breasts 
  • Are looking to restore fullness to a deflated breast
  • Have small/deflated breasts with minimal drooping

However, breast implants alone are NOT a good choice if you have noticeable drooping, because implants will not lift sagging breasts. The results could be unsatisfactory and could result in even droopier breasts. 

Breast Lift 

By contrast, a breast mastopexy lifts sagging or drooping breasts and during the procedure, sagging tissue and low nipples are lifted to a more youthful and desirable position. A breast lift alone can be a good option if you: 

  • Are generally happy with your overall breast size
  • Want to correct sagging breasts
  • Are self-conscious about nipples that are always pointing downwards

However, if you have sagging breasts but also desire larger breasts or increased fullness of the upper pole of the breast, then you might want to consider opting for both a breast lift and a breast augmentation.

Combining a Breast Lift With a Breast Augmentation

For many patients, combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift (breast augmentation mastopexy) will help you achieve the best of both worlds. With these two surgeries, your breasts can be lifted and volume and fullness of the upper pole can be added using saline or silicone implants. 


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To find out more about our range of cosmetic breast surgeries, and to learn how our plastic surgeons can help assess your aesthetic concerns and goals to determine which procedure will best suit your needs and lifestyle, contact us at (250) 868-9799 or fill out our online contact form.

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