SOURCE: R. Lee Steely, MD

June 17, 2008 13:19 ET

A Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift? Which Is Best for Me?

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - "What is the difference between a breast augmentation and a breast lift? Which is best for me?"

"This is a question that patients ask me all the time," says Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. R. Lee Steely.

According to Dr. Steely, breast augmentation increases only the volume of breasts. It will not move breasts closer together, lift droopy breasts or change the position of nipples. After augmentation, breasts are fuller and firmer with more projection.

Alternatively, a breast lift raises the position of the nipple as well as the breast tissue. Excess skin is removed, or tightened and reshaped, giving the breast a higher, firmer, and perkier contour.

So who is a good candidate for either?

For breast augmentation, Dr. Steely notes, "Women with good skin elasticity, whose breasts do not sag, but who wish to have larger breasts will benefit the most from breast augmentation."

"Breast implants can increase the volume, and improve the shape and firmness of breasts, as well as sharpening cleavage. However, sagging breasts will not be lifted and stretch marks will not be removed, but may be less noticeable."

"Breasts which have stretched or lost their elasticity may droop more after breast augmentation."

"On the other hand, women who are happy with the amount of breast tissue they already have, but desire higher, firmer breasts, will benefit most from a breast lift."

A breast lift will:

--  Correct sagging breasts
--  Reposition breasts to a more desirable location
--  Remove excess skin
--  Bring together breast tissue which has spread out

The result is firmer, more attractive breasts which often appear somewhat larger without adding volume or fullness.

Of course, some women will opt for both procedures to achieve both an increased volume and a higher, perkier breast mound.

R. Lee Steely, MD, FACS is an Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon certified by both The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

In his Houston, Texas, practice where he specializes in body contouring, including breast enhancement. He believes that beauty is all about balance and the relationship of each part to the whole.

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  • R. Lee Steely, MD
    Houston Plastic Surgeon
    River Oaks Hospital Medical Tower
    4126 Southwest Freeway #1230
    Houston, Texas 77027
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