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Breast Lift with Or without Augmentation

If you’re looking to lift your breasts without having them increased in size, there are several advantages to doing so:

-You’ll save money on the cost of surgery. A breast lift without augmentations costs less than one with augmentations does, because there’s less work involved in creating new breasts than there is in lifting existing ones up.

-You can easily schedule your surgery at any time of year. You don’t have to worry about scheduling around specific weather conditions or dates when it might be more difficult to travel (like during winter). The only thing that might affect your surgery date is how long it takes for insurance approval or how long it takes for the doctor’s office to schedule appointments before surgery day itself—but these things shouldn’t take longer than a few weeks anyway!

In this post, we also talk about how painful is breast lift with implants and disadvantages of breast lift surgery.

Breast Lift with Or without Augmentation


For patients considering a breast lift at our Calgary plastic surgery practice, the decision of whether to add implants to the procedure can be tricky. Our team of Royal College-certified plastic surgeons has years of experience performing lifts with or without augmentation to help women feel more youthful, feminine, and confident.

Breast lifts are designed to address sagging or loss of perkiness in the breasts. On their own, they don’t increase volume, they simply lift and reshape drooping breasts. With implants, the procedure adds fullness to the uplifted breasts. Choosing whether to add implants ultimately comes down to your aesthetic goals.

In this blog post, we’ll review a few considerations to keep in mind as you weigh your options.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift procedure lifts and reshapes the breasts and often repositions the areolas to restore a youthful appearance. It is most commonly performed to help women experiencing sagging due to pregnancy, significant weight changes, or the effects of gravity over time. The surgery does not alter the volume of the breasts, but rather reshapes them through removing and reshaping breast skin.

Adding Implants

If a lack of volume is a concern, breast augmentation can be incorporated into a breast lift procedure. This is a very common combination, and is also helpful for correcting asymmetry. The customizable nature of implants makes their role in a lift procedure a highly flexible one.

The adjustable characteristics of breast implants include:

  • Size: An ideal implant size will help balance your body’s proportions. If you aren’t sure, we can provide recommendations during your consultation.
  • Implant material: You can choose between cohesive silicone gel, also called “gummy bear” implants, or saline, which is a silicone shell filled with salt water.
  • Shape: Implants be round or anatomically (teardrop) shaped (not offered at our practice). Round implants tend to provide more volume in the upper breast. The right choice for you depends entirely on your aesthetic goals.

Your initial consultation is an ideal time to discuss each of these options with your surgeon.

Your Recovery

Closely following your surgeon’s post-op instructions is the best way to have an uneventful recovery, whether you choose to add augmentation or not. You will likely experience swelling following your surgery, and we may use surgical drains to minimize this for up to 3 days. Most patients are able to return to many daily activities within 2 weeks, but it may take up to a month for swelling and discomfort to subside. Over the course of several months, incision lines will fade until they are much less noticeable.

Which is Right for Me: a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?

When a patient is looking to enhance the appearance of their breasts, chances are they’re considering either a breast lift or breast augmentation (breast implants). These are both very popular procedures, but they’re very different and address different concerns.

In this post, we’ll discuss what each procedure is, the issues they address, and how to decide which one is right for you.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift improves the appearance of drooping, sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. Breasts may sag due to aging, breastfeeding, weight loss, or genetics. Whatever the case may be, a breast lift is the most effective way to address sagging breasts.

A breast lift can also address downward pointing nipples, elongated or outstretched nipples, and lack of breast firmness. It’s important to note that a breast lift does not increase breast size, it simply corrects their position.

Who a breast lift is ideal for: healthy women who have finished having children and would like to address drooping breasts.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation procedure (breast implants) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to increase the fullness, symmetry, and overall appearance of your breasts. During a breast augmentation, Dr. Ortiz inserts implants under the breast tissue or pectoral muscle to enhance the size and fullness of your breasts.

Breast augmentation addresses the size and fullness of the breasts, not the position (although your breasts will likely be perkier after having implants). Dr. Ortiz will help you choose the right implant size, type, and shape to best compliment your body and give you the figure of your dreams.

Who breast implants are ideal for: healthy patients who would like to increase the size and/or volume of their breasts.

Which Procedure is Right for Me: Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?

If you’re unhappy with the position of your breasts or you’ve noticed they’re drooping, a breast lift is likely the right choice for you.

If you’re happy with the position of your breasts, but would like larger breasts, breast augmentation is probably a good choice for you.

If both the position and size are areas of concern for you, a breast lift and augmentation can be performed at the same time. Having both procedures at the same time lifts your breasts, increases their size, and reshapes them by removing excess skin in one outpatient procedure.

How Painful Is Breast Lift With Implants

You may feel sore for 2 to 3 weeks, and you’ll likely have a lot of swelling. You may have a pulling or stretching feeling in your breast area. You can expect to feel better and stronger each day, although you may need pain medicine for a week or two. You may get tired easily or have less energy than usual.

Disadvantages Of Breast Lift Surgery

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola

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