Athens Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ed Pittman often sees many patients for breast procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reconstruction. While patients seek to enhance or correct the appearance of the breasts, they’re often unsure which cosmetic procedure will meet their aesthetic goals and needs. One of the most frequently discussed topics during consultations at Pittman Plastic Surgery is the difference between the two well-known cosmetic breast procedures, breast lift and breast augmentation.

Each patient has different aesthetic goals as some may want to increase the size and volume of their breasts while others want to address sagging. Breast augmentation is performed by surgically inserting implants to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Patients can choose among saline, silicone, and highly cohesive silicone gel implants. Saline and silicone implants are both made of a silicone elastomer shell filled with either a sterile saline solution or silicone gel that is consistent to human fat. Highly cohesive silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” are a form stable implant with a textured silicone outer shell. All of these options are FDA approved and available at Pittman Plastic Surgery for breast augmentation.

For women looking to restore a more youthful, elevated appearance, Dr. Pittman and Dr. Skowronski perform breast lift (mastopexy). Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, and aging can all cause breasts to lose their firmness and shape over time. During a breast lift procedure, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is tightened to reposition the breasts. Depending on the patient’s needs, Dr. Pittman and Dr. Skowronski may also reposition the nipple and/or areola for a proportionate result.

While both of these cosmetic breast procedures address different concerns, it is possible to combine both procedures for overall rejuvenation. Since breast lift does not address the size and volume of breasts, many patients may choose an augmentation or breast reduction in addition to a lift. If you are interested in a breast procedure or any other cosmetic body or facial procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Also, Be sure to connect with Pittman Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, andGoogle+ for the latest news in plastic surgery and skin care.