Will My Breasts Look Perky After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


For many women, the primary goal of breast enhancement surgery is simply to restore a more youthful, perky look versus adding volume to the breasts, though some women desire both. In either case, it’s important to understand whether breast augmentation alone will be enough to accomplish your goals or if a breast lift may be needed instead of (or in addition to) breast implants. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the experienced team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA discuss the differences between breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries, including which one may be most appropriate for creating a perkier appearance.

Breast augmentation vs. breast lift

Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the size and shape of the breasts through the addition of synthetic implants and/or a fat transfer to the breast. A breast lift, on the other hand, is used to raise the breasts to a more appropriate position on the chest by removing loose, stretched skin from the breasts.

Will breast implants lift my breasts?

In some cases, filling out the breast pocket with an implant may provide a subtle lifting effect. This is most often true for patients with good skin elasticity and very early to mild signs of breast ptosis. Patients whose breasts are visibly sagging, drooping, or deflated typically require a breast lift (with or without breast augmentation) to achieve their desired outcome, however.

What do breast lift scars look like?

There are several types of incisions used during breast lift surgery, including:

  • Lollipop breast lift incision
  • Inverted-T breast lift incision
  • Anchor breast lift incision

Based on the degree of breast sagging, the amount of skin that needs to be removed, and other factors, Dr. Kelishadi will choose the most appropriate breast lift incision for each patient. It is important for women considering breast lift surgery to understand that some level of visible scarring is unavoidable, with the most notable scar appearing as a vertical line down the center of the lower pole of the breast. However, Dr. Kelishadi takes great care to minimize scarring as much as possible and provides patients with comprehensive breast lift scar care instructions and products to encourage healing and fading. Additionally, breast lift scars can typically be concealed with clothing, swimsuits, and bras.

Will a breast lift make my breasts smaller?

Because breast lift surgery removes excess skin from the breasts, patients may go down one or more bra sizes. However, their actual breast volume will remain the same, as no glandular breast tissue is removed with a breast lift. For patients with concerns about having smaller breasts after a breast lift, adding a breast augmentation with implants or a fat transfer may be an appropriate option. During your initial consultation for breast enhancement surgery in Orange County, Dr. Kelishadi will take ample time to discuss your options and recommend a customized surgical plan that can best help you achieve the look you’ve been dreaming of.

Get the playful, perky look you want with breast lift surgery in Newport Beach, CA

Generally speaking, breast lift surgery is the most effective way to get the younger-looking, perkier bustline you may be imagining, though breast implants may also be an option. To better understand which type of breast surgery may be right for you, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

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