Cosmetic surgery designed to modify the shape of the upper body can not only help improve appearance but boost confidence. Liposuction, body sculpting, and breast reconstruction are common procedures for women of all ages, and may be done to help restore a youthful and vivacious look following childbirth or weight loss, or to enhance overall appearance.

Breast enhancements, in particular, can result in a fuller, beautiful shape. At Peninsula Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mark Kanter helps patients achieve the look they want and offers several options depending on the patient’s needs. If you have considered breast work, you may have looked into either an augmentation or a breast lift. Both result in improvements, but they are not exactly the same.

Breast Augmentation

Patients may opt for breast augmentation to restore their original appearance following weight loss or pregnancy as a means of returning to a youthful body shape, or to increase their bust size and enjoy a more voluptuous look. Whatever the reason for the enhancement, this particular procedure involves the insertion of gel or saline implants that enlarge the breasts and give them a fuller shape.

How large can you go with an augmentation? While patients typically opt to increase their breast size by one cup, your cosmetic surgeon can consult with you on the ideal size to suit your frame.

Breast Lift

Women with large breasts may not wish to go up a cup size, but on the other hand may experience frustration with how their breasts currently look. Over time, especially due to age or significant weight loss, breasts begin to droop or look smaller than they actually are. Low-necked dresses and bikini tops don’t necessarily flatter the bustline, and you may want to cover up. In these situations, a breast lift is a logical solution for restoring the youthful buoyancy of your upper body.

During a breast lift, or mastopexy, implants may or may not be used. The surgeon will raise your breasts and reposition your nipples if needed to achieve a fuller, more youthful look.

Which breast modification is right for you? Contact Dr. Kanter at our Hampton Roads cosmetic surgery practice to schedule a free consultation. We can help you determine the best way to give you the shapely bust line you want.