Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Which Procedure is Recommended for You?

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Posted on February 1, 2018 under Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift

Breast augmentation and breast lifts are two popular plastic surgery procedures to enhance the appearance of breasts. While augmentation surgery is designed to increase the size and volume of breasts, the breast lift procedure aims at lifting the breasts to a more youthful position with a tighter and firmer breast profile. Breast cosmetic surgery in Virginia and Maryland is provided by renowned plastic surgeons, Dr. Dean Jabs and Dr. Franklin Richards.

Operating from their offices in Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards provide state-of-the-art plastic surgery in Maryland and Virginia for the breast, body, and face. Patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and surrounding communities who are seeking these procedures may get in touch with the practice. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain various aspects of breast augmentation and lift to help the patient make an informed choice.

Younger-Looking and Attractive Breasts

One of the common questions that patients tend to ask is whether breast augmentation surgery alone can help them achieve more youthful-looking breasts. However, the fact is that breast implant surgery is designed to increase breast size, but it cannot significantly improve the condition of droopy breasts. If the droopiness is very minor, Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs may recommend breast augmentation cosmetic surgery in Maryland and Virginia.

This will serve the twin purpose of breast enlargement and firmness with a single procedure. However, in this case, the pre-requisite is that the nipples should still be positioned near the center of breasts, and not pointing downwards. Some parts of the skin should also be visible under the nipples when looking at the breasts straight on. However, a breast lift will be necessary for the following conditions:

  • Breasts are sagging severely.
  • Nipples are pointing downwards.
  • When looking at the breasts straight on, it is not possible to see the skin below the areolas.
  • Size reduction in the areolas is desired.
  • Current breast size is optimal, and the patient is not willing to accept a bigger size.

Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs provide plastic surgery in Virginia and Maryland for both breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries. Patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby locations have an opportunity to receive state-of-the-art procedures at their practice.

Augmentation with Lift

Both breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries may be performed together in the following circumstances:

  • Moderate to severe sagginess of breasts.
  • Both breast size enhancement and the lifting of breast position are desired.
  • Breast size increase is desired along with the maintenance of the roundness and projection of the breast mound.

The upper aspect of the breasts cannot be enhanced with breast lift alone. When the patient is keen to have fullness in the upper aspect, along with raised breasts, the surgeon may recommend a combination of breast augmentation and lift. The plastic surgeon will take a final decision in close consultation with the patient to meet her aesthetic goals in the best possible way.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit  or

Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers