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Breast Augmentation VS Breast Lift: What are the Differences?

When many people think about improving breast appearance, they think of breast augmentation. However, a breast augmentation can make breasts fuller and reshape them but cannot undo sagging skin. For this, a breast lift is needed. Both procedures may be done together when lack of volume and significant sagging skin are both problems. 

What a Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation surgery places a saline or silicone implant in the breasts, either on top of or under the muscle. Both types of implants remain stable for up to a decade or even longer. Breast augmentation can give women rounder, fuller breasts but cannot restore sagging skin. 

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens or raises the areolas to improve lift and leave breasts looking tighter, firmer, and younger. This procedure involves more scarring than a breast augmentation, with larger incisions to remove the excess skin. 

What are the Differences?

Breast augmentation and breast lift are two very different procedures, and they achieve different results. Breast augmentation provides fullness, roundness, and shape. A breast lift offers firmness, tightness, and a more lifted position.

Both procedures happen under general anesthesia, and your surgeon can perform both together. This allows you to enjoy lifted, resculpted, youthful-looking breasts with increased volume and shape. 

The results of a breast lift will not require additional surgery unless the person wants adjustments in the future. Breast implants can cause capsular contracture, where the pocket that holds the implant becomes tight with scar tissue, but good surgical techniques like Dr. Earle’s can help prevent this. 

A breast lift will leave larger scars than a breast augmentation because excess skin and tissue must be removed. People who have serious concerns about scarring should speak to their surgeon at the time of consultation to review all options. 

Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift can improve the size and shape of the areola by adjusting and tightening it. A breast augmentation will make the breast larger or adjust its shape but will not improve the appearance of the areola. 


There’s a time in your life where you need a boost, a fresh start, and a way to take control of things. We all have features about ourselves we want to change on the outside and it can affect us on the inside.

Pure’s goal is to give people a chance to make smart choices that lead to the results that will empower and inspire them to reach their dreams. Pure is led by Dr. S. Alexander Earle, who performs a wide range of procedures with an incredibly high rate of customer satisfaction.

Is There Any Downtime?

Downtime for breast lift or breast augmentation depends on the type of procedure you had and how it was performed. You may need to wear a compression garment for several days to help control swelling and hold your breasts in place while they heal. Most people start to feel noticeably less sore after about a week. You will need to be careful how you sleep so that you do not disturb the healing process. 

Am I a Candidate for a Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift?

Most people in good health are candidates for breast augmentation or breast lift. Only consultation with a surgeon can determine which procedure will be better for you. If you are a candidate for one procedure, you may be able to receive both at the same time for maximum benefit in one surgery. 

Why Choose Dr. Earle and Dr. Vidal?

With years of experience and dedication to improvement, Ivy League-educated Dr. Earle uses the safest operating techniques as well as the safest implants. His rates of breast implant illness and capsular contracture area are far lower than average. As a surgeon always learning and researching, he rejected textured breast implants even before they were deemed unsafe. 

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Take the Next Step

The best way to learn more about Breast Augmentation at Pure Plastic Surgery is by meeting with Dr. Earle or Dr. Vidal. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team by calling us at (305) 230-4326 or filling out our online form.

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