Comparing the Benefits of Breast Augmentations and Breast Lifts

When looking to improve your figure and enhance your bust, it can be difficult to choose the right procedure for you. Dr. David Passaretti can help patients understand the differences of a breast augmentation vs. breast lift at his Darien, CT, practice. As a highly experienced and renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti can help each patient achieve their own desired silhouette.

Woman's silhouette of naked torso holding breast

Key Differences

The primary difference between an augmentation and lift is in the purpose of the procedure and the results patients hope to achieve. Breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts, typically through the placement of saline or silicone implants. A breast lift strictly lifts the breasts to a higher, more youthful position on the chest, without affecting the size.

Dr. Passaretti is dedicated to helping each patient achieve an improved silhouette and increased confidence. 

However, these procedures are frequently combined for more dramatic results. Both procedures will begin with a consultation with Dr. Passaretti where he will determine your candidacy for the procedure based on your current breast size, tissue, skin, weight, health, and medical history.

Breast Augmentation Results

Before and after photo of breast augmentation patient
Before and after photo of breast augmentation patient

What to Expect with an Augmentation

Breast augmentation may be appropriate for women who desire to increase the size of their breasts. It may also be a good treatment option for those who wish to restore volume to their breasts following weight loss or pregnancy.

Highly Customized Treatment

During your consultation with Dr. Passaretti, you will choose the shape and type of implant you will receive—saline or silicone—and you will decide on the placement, which may be either above or below the chest muscle. You will also choose where your incisions will be placed. Your surgery may take one to two hours, depending on the desired size and the specific placement of your implants.

Illustration of breast implant placement

Recovery and Results

You will need to take at least a week off of work for your recovery. Over the course of four to six weeks, you can slowly return to your normal physical activities and exercise routine. It will take up to six months to a year to see your final results.

Breast Lift Results

Before and after photo of a breast lift patient
Before and after photo of a breast lift patient

What to Expect with a Lift

breast lift may be appropriate for women whose breasts droop or sag due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy and breastfeeding. The breast tissue and skin can be repositioned and tightened for a more youthful, perky figure. A breast lift can also be combined with either a breast augmentation or breast reduction for more dramatic results. During your breast lift consultation, you will choose the surgical technique that will be used for your procedure.

Targeted Treatment

During surgery, Dr. Passaretti will reposition your breast tissue and skin to lift your breasts to a more desirable location. Depending on the extent of your lift and your preferences, an incision may be placed in an anchor pattern along the crease of the breast and vertically up to the areola; an incision may be placed around both the nipple and the areola; or an incision may be placed around the areola, extending vertically down to the crease.

Breast lift incision patterns

Results and Recovery

The procedure can take one and a half to three hours, depending on the specific technique used, and you will need at least one week off work for recovery. You may slowly begin to return to your normal physical activities and exercise routines over the course of four to six weeks, and you may see full results in six months to a year.

“Dr. Passaretti is an incredibly skilled doctor and gives top notch results with an easy recovery. He genuinely cares about his patients and his kindness and confidence put me at ease throughout the entire process.” Alexandra L.

The Right Procedure for You Depends on Your Treatment Goals

Breast Augmentation

breast augmentation can give you larger, fuller breasts, with discreetly placed incisions and minimal scarring. Breast implants typically last about ten years before they must either be replaced or removed.

Breast Lift

breast lift can give you perkier and more youthful-looking breasts. These results can last for decades if you maintain a stable weight. There is, however, the risk of loss of sensation, especially if your nipple is repositioned during your procedure.

Achieve Your Desired Silhouette

Dr. Passaretti is dedicated to helping each patient achieve an improved silhouette and increased confidence. If you are unsure whether you would benefit more from a breast augmentation or a breast lift, contact our office online today or call (203) 642-2891 to schedule your consultation and discuss your options. 

Dr. Passaretti

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Dr. David Passaretti is a distinguished plastic surgeon who is:

  • Board-certified
  • Recognized as one of the "Top Doctors" by multiple publications
  • Dedicated to excellence

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