Breast Augmentation is the insertion of implants through a small incision either in the breast crease, the armpit or in the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple (the areola). The implant consists of a silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone and will be placed in a pocket created by the surgeon either directly under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. The implant will add volume and enhance the shape of small breasts or those that have lost volume as a result of aging, weight loss or childbirth.
There are many personal reasons why a woman would opt to have Breast Augmentation. The most common reason is that she would like to have a more full and pronounced bust line. A woman who has lost volume after having a child may have a Breast Augmentation to recreate the shape she once enjoyed. She will feel better wearing a swimsuit and clothing and her self-confidence will be elevated.
A Breast Lift elevates the breast tissue and repositions the nipple and the pigmentation around the nipple (the areola). If the areola have been stretched with age and time, they can be reduced. In a Breast Lift procedure, the breasts are not enlarged, but the position, shape and breast tissue is distributed and improved. In some cases, Breast Augmentation and a Breast Lift can be performed simultaneously.
Positive psychological benefits and an increased self-esteem have been shown as a result of having a breast lift. Breasts may still sag with time after this procedure, but this change is usually less than the change that would be seen in the same breast were no breast lift performed.