Do I Need A Breast Lift With My Breast Augmentation?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


While many women know that they want something done to improve the appearance of their breasts, a common question from many patients is whether they need breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both. Dual board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi and his expert medical team at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery understand how confusing some of the literature regarding breast surgery can be. They are committed to providing the highest level of patient education, service, and care when it comes to breast surgery in order to ensure that patients have realistic expectations and the best possible results are achieved.  


What is the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation?

While a breast lift and breast augmentation are often spoken about – and performed – simultaneously, they are actually two very different procedures designed to address separate issues. Somewhat more common, breast augmentation is a procedure that helps to restore or increase breast volume through the use of artificial implants. Using either silicone or saline implants, a qualified and experienced surgeon can restore a more youthful amount of breast volume that may have been lost due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, age, or other circumstances.


A breast lift, on the other hand, is a surgical technique designed to reshape and reposition the breasts without necessarily altering the volume or size. In some cases, however, a breast lift alone can create the illusion that the breast size has been altered. As part of many breast lift procedures, excess skin and/or fat from the breast area is removed, which ultimately enhances the breast shape and position without affecting the true volume of the breast.


Dual board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi has performed numerous Louisville, KY, breast augmentation and breast lift procedures and is highly experienced in the nuances of each, whether performed as a single surgery or a combined procedure.


Do I need breast augmentation or a breast lift?

Even armed with the knowledge of what defines a breast lift vs. breast augmentation, it can be difficult for many women to know which procedure will benefit them the most. The best way to find out which procedure(s) can help you achieve your goals is to be evaluated by a qualified, certified provider. Dual board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mizuguchi will take all the time necessary to evaluate your case thoroughly, answer your questions, discuss your needs and goals, and create a custom surgical plan that best fits your situation.


For women who have experienced a significant loss in breast volume due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, weight loss, or other circumstances, breast augmentation may be all that is needed. By using silicone or saline implants, Dr. Mizuguchi and his expert surgical team can restore fuller and more natural-looking breasts and overall contour.


For women who are experiencing sagging or deflated breasts, drooping nipples, and/or excess breast skin, a breast lift procedure may be highly effective in creating or restoring a natural and youthful breast contour.


Can I have breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time?

In short, yes! A large majority of patients elect to have breast augmentation and a breast lift simultaneously in order to address a lack in volume as well as a sagging shape. The best way to find out whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both are right for you is to be evaluated by Dr. Mizuguchis’s award-winning surgical team in Louisville, KY. During your consultation, Dr. Mizuguchi can tell you if one or both procedures can benefit your specific goals.


Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation and/or a lift?

Fortunately, most patients can be considered good candidates for breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a combination of both. In general, ideal surgical candidates are in relatively good health, are non-smokers, and have no contraindications to surgery and/or anesthesia. Another important consideration for women interested in breast surgery of any kind is whether they are done having children and/or breastfeeding. While it is still possible in most cases to breastfeed after augmentation and/or a lift, it is highly recommended that a woman wait until she is done having children to undergo any elective breast surgeries. The fluctuation in volume associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically alter the results of a previous breast surgery and can often lead to the necessity of a second or subsequent surgery.


The best way to find out whether breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both are right for you is to be evaluated by dual board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi. Call Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery’s convenient Louisville, KY, office to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how breast surgery can boost your confidence, enhance your look, and change your life!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.