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Breast lift vs. breast augmentation: how can I tell which one I need?

Plastic Surgeon in Charleston, SC


A consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation and breast lifts is the most important thing you need to do to determine whether you need a breast lift or breast implants. At the exam, we can talk about your options as well as what will work best for you given your body shape and goals.  There are aesthetic considerations to think about when making this decision, and anatomical considerations. You can do a “quick check” at home using what is referred to as the “pencil test.” Place a pencil under the breast (under-fold), also known as the inframammary fold. If your breasts hold the pencil, then you have sagging. If the breast does not hold the pencil and the nipple points upward, then breast augmentation should be enough to restore the breast’s volume from the effects of aging, weight loss or pregnancy. If the breast is hanging below the inframammary fold, you are probably a candidate for a breast lift. A breast lift alone may give you the results you desire, or you may still want the additional volume a breast implant can provide. For those who desire lifted and youthful, but still natural-looking breasts, we can choose a very small, unobtrusive implant. My years of experience in breast enhancement surgery help me work with my patients to create a natural, balanced, youthful look. Contact me today to schedule your consultation, where we can discuss your goals and options.

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