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How A Breast Lift Is Different From Breast Augmentation

How A Breast Lift Is Different From Breast Augmentation

Many of my patients notice that over time, their breasts begin to droop and sag as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, heredity, or just the passage of time. If they want larger breasts, I recommend breast augmentation with implants. But if they’re seeking a reshaping of their breasts so that they face straight ahead or upward, I will suggest a breast lift. By lifting and re-positioning your breasts and nipples, a breast lift helps you look and feel younger, more attractive and more feminine — both undressed and in clothing — and more self-confident about your body.

In addition to this type of breast surgery, I offer a full range of other breast procedures that can help you achieve the breast size and shape you desire. To learn more, click here.

How breast lift surgery differs from breast augmentation surgery

Breast lift surgery

A breast lift restores the shape and positioning of breasts that have sagged, drooped and thinned. Rather than making breasts larger, this procedure reshapes the breasts.

During the procedure, a plastic surgeon moves the nipple and areola (the pink skin surrounding the nipple) to a higher position, repositions the breast tissue to a higher level, removes excess skin from the lower portion of the breast, and reshapes the remaining breast skin. A variety of incision patterns are possible, depending on the desired results and the correction needed. A great benefit of this breast procedure is that in most cases, breast and nipple sensation can be preserved. If a patient also wants larger breasts, breast implants can be inserted during a breast lift.

Breast augmentation surgery

Breast augmentation surgery enhances the natural size and shape of a woman’s breasts by inserting  silicone, saline, or gummy gel implants. Unlike a breast lift, breast augmentation does not change the shape of the breasts — it enlarges their size. It is typically performed to augment small breasts, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after a woman has had children. Breast augmentation can also make breasts more symmetrical if one is significantly larger than the other.

Many of my patients choose to have their breasts lifted and increased in size, which can be done in the same procedure. 

Short video explains both procedures

To learn about the complete range of breast procedures I offer, click here. You can also watch my short 2-minute video about these procedures by clicking on the image below.

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Are breast lifts safe? My answer is yes.

In over 20 years of performing breast lift surgery in my plastic surgery practice, I have encountered very few complications with this procedure. What I have found is that for women who want higher, more shapely, younger-looking breasts, a breast lift is a highly satisfying solution.

How much does a breast lift cost?

Often, one of the first questions my patients ask me when they’re considering having a breast lift is how much it will cost. My answer is that there is no one standard price. Recognizing that every woman’s expectations for breast lift surgery are unique to her, I determine the exact cost after I have met with the patient and evaluated her breasts, body type, and personal goals and expectations. Then together, we will decide exactly how to achieve the best possible results. For further pricing details, please contact me.

Is this surgery covered by insurance?

Generally speaking, breast lift surgery is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure, and is therefore not covered by insurance.

Seeing is believing

To see unretouched “before and after” photos of actual patients of mine who have had successful breast lifts, please visit the Breast Lift page in the Photo Gallery section of my website.

Considering a breast lift?

If you are thinking about breast lift surgery and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. I specialize in the most advanced techniques of breast lift surgery and am ready to help you achieve your goals. I will assess the current appearance of your breasts, your reasons for wanting surgery, and your expectations. Then together, we will decide the best shaping technique to bring you the results you’re looking for.

For more information on breast lifts, I recommend these 3 blogs

So that you can be fully informed before you decide to have a breast lift, I’ve written these 3 blogs explaining this procedure and its many benefits:

Learn more about all the breast procedures I offer

There is lots of information on my website about the many breast procedures available to you so you can be fully informed prior to your decision: 

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Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.

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"Dr. Beran is a board certified plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation. He is amazing and I definitely recommend him."