Is Plastic Surgery Right For You? A Comprehensive Guide to Implants and Lifts

A recent study reported that 1 in 5 American adults are considering plastic surgery. With the rise of social media and the pressure to look perfect, it’s no wonder that so many people are considering going under the knife.

Before you decide to go through with surgery, there are a few things you need to consider. This guide will help you understand the differences between an implant and a lift and the benefits and risks involved. 

What is an Implant? 

An implant is a synthetic device used to increase the size and shape of the breasts. Implants typically consist of silicone or saline and are placed under the breast tissue or the chest muscle. 

The benefits of an implant include: 

  • Increased cup size 
  • Improved breast shape 
  • Enhanced self-esteem 
  • Boosted self-confidence 

The drawbacks of an implant include: 

  • The risk of implant rupture 
  • Deflation of implants 
  • The risk of capsular contracture 
  • The need for revision surgery 

What is a Lift?

A lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the shape and appearance of the breasts. The procedure involves repositioning the breasts and removing excess skin. A lift can happen alone or in combination with an implant. 

The benefits of a lift include: 

  • Improved breast shape 
  • More youthful appearance 
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence 

The drawbacks of a lift include: 

  • The risk of infection 
  • The risk of bleeding 
  • The risk of scarring 
  • The need for revision surgery 

What is the Difference Between an Implant and a Lift?

In general, implants help to increase the size of the breasts, while lifts aim to improve their shape and appearance. 

Which is Better for Me?

The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon can assess your needs and goals and advise you on which procedure is best for you. 

Does the Patient or the Surgeon Decide Whether to Have an Implant or Lift? 

In most cases, the surgeon and the patient decide to choose an implant or a lift. 

Is It Possible to Have Both Performed? 

Yes, it is possible to have both an implant and a lift performed simultaneously. Typically, this is the best option for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or have been pregnant.

Let’s Talk! 

Choosing between an implant and a lift can be a difficult decision. However, it is crucial to consider your needs and goals when making your decision. If you are still unsure, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Give us a call at 773-763-3990 to see how we can help!

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