What is the Difference Between a Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants?

What is the Difference Between a Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants?

The breast augmentation is a popular procedure to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. Whether it’s from volume loss after childbirth, weight loss, or age, or genetically small breasts, the breast augmentation can help you achieve fuller breasts. For most women, breast implants play an important role in the augmentation process! With breast implants, patients can achieve significantly larger, more symmetrical breasts if they choose. Implants are so customizable now that there are many materials, shapes, and textures to choose from. If you’re considering a breast augmentation procedure or breast implants, here’s what you need to know:

A breast augmentation does not always involve implants

Many patients make the mistake of assuming that a breast augmentation always involves implants. A breast augmentation procedure can also refer to a fat transfer, or natural breast augmentation. During this technique, the patient’s own fat cells are taken from another area of the body, and used to enhance the breasts. This offers an alternative for those who want a subtle, natural-looking increase in volume without the use of synthetic material. However, most patients can’t achieve the significant enhancement they’re looking for with a fat transfer alone, and turn to implants for help.

Breast implants can help you fully customize your breast augmentation

Breast implants aren’t a “one size fits all” device. In fact, there are many ways to ensure that your breast implants are as unique as you are. During a consultation, Dr. Richardson will go over your breast implant options including the material, shape, texture, placement, and of course, size. The implants you choose will be based on your body type, specific concerns, and your goals for your breast augmentation.

You may need a lift too

For some women, a breast augmentation with implants is enough to achieve the full look they desire. But for others, a breast lift may be needed as well. Biloxi plastic surgeon Dr. Richardson may suggest a breast lift if you have significant sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or age. The lift can remove excess skin that is present and lift the breasts to a perkier, more youthful position on the chest. The nipple position is also improved during the procedure, so nipples that pointed down now face forward. While mild sagging may be improved with implants alone, some women will need a lift performed at the same time for optimal results.

To learn more about the breast augmentation and breast implants, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Richardson.