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Can Breast Augmentation Improve Sagging Breasts?

Breast Augmentation in San Diego, CABreast augmentation is one of the first choices for patients looking to enhance the breasts. However, it is important to note that the breast augmentation procedure can’t improve sagging breasts. In fact, in some cases, breast augmentation may actually worsen breast sagging! Below, we’ll explain why breast augmentation doesn’t work for sagging breasts, and what the best solution might be.

Why Breast Augmentation Won’t Work

Many patients assume that by adding volume to the breasts via breast augmentation that the breast implants will fill out the volume in the breasts and eliminate any sagging. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. This is because breast sagging is primarily a result of stretching skin and a loss of skin elasticity – not so much a loss of breast volume. When breast implants are placed in the breast, it may slightly disguise the appearance of sagging breasts, but it will not correct the issues with skin elasticity that cause breast sagging in the first place. In fact, the extra weight of breast implants may actually cause the breasts to sag more as gravity pulls the skin downward.

An Exception: Minor Breast Sagging

For patients with a very minor amount of sagging in the breasts, breast implants may be sufficient in correcting the sagging and restoring a youthful look to the breasts. The key indicator here is the position of the nipple in relation to the breast crease. If, when the breast is resting naturally, the nipple is positioned parallel or above the breast crease, you are experiencing minor breast sagging (ptosis) and it can be corrected with breast implants. If your nipple is positioned below the breast crease, the sagging is too severe to be corrected with breast implants.

An Effective Solution: Breast Lift Surgery

Fortunately, there is an effective solution for patients with any level of breast sagging. The breast lift procedure corrects breast sagging by trimming and tightening excess skin on the breasts, lifting them to a more youthful position and giving them a firmer, shapelier look. This enables patients to correct the issues that are responsible for sagging breasts, without the risk of worsening skin laxity. Additionally, patients who receive a breast lift also enjoy the benefits of perkier breasts, which may give the appearance of a fuller bust without requiring implants.


If you desire enhanced breast size in addition to these benefits, you can also combine your breast lift procedure with a traditional breast augmentation for comprehensive breast enhancement. In these cases, a breast lift can be combined in unison with a breast augmentation to deliver your desired results in a single procedure. If you are considering a breast lift, breast augmentation or a combination of the two, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pollack and get started with treatment.


Top 5 Questions about Breast Lifts and Breast Implants Answered

Breast Lift in San Diego, CAHaving sagging breasts can be a drag. We know that breast enhancement surgery can be a big decision, so we want to make sure you feel as informed as possible before getting your procedure. Here are our top five most frequently asked questions about breast lifts and breast implants.

How long does it take to recover from a breast lift?

It really only takes about seven to 10 days to make an initial recovery from your breast lift. After about a week, Dr. Pollack clears most patients to return to their normal daily activities including work. While you will be required to wear a compression bra for the following three to four weeks, patients are able to return to their normal lives. Within a few months, your breasts will settle into their final shape and position, and your scars will begin to fade.

Do breast implants feel like real breasts?

Yes, breast implants do feel like real breasts. We understand that breast implants have a bad rap for looking and feeling unnatural. However, with new advances in the beauty industry, breast implants look and fell more real than ever before. Silicone breast implants that have been adoringly dubbed the “gummy bear breast implant” are teardrop shaped to mimic the projection of a natural breast and have a firm, but soft texture to closely resemble a real breast. Don’t believe us? Ask Dr. Pollack to see some sample implants during your consultation.

Is there a natural option to a breast lift?

While exercising your chest may help to lift the breasts to some extent, sagging breast caused by lax or loose skin can really only be solved through surgical methods. Some patients either do so by increasing the size of the breast to replace lost volume that causes the sagging, while other patients remove the excess skin with a breast lift. Either procedure yields natural-looking and potentially permanent results for the ultimate upgrade.

Are breast implants safe?

Yes, breast implants are absolutely safe to get. If they weren’t, do you really think we’d be letting people get them? Breast implants are made from a soft silicone shell with either a sterile saline solution or a sterile silicone gel on the inside, giving them their signature shape and feel. All materials that make up the breast implant are completely hypoallergenic, limiting adverse effects in patients.

Do I need to get breast implants with my breast lift?

No, you don’t need to get breast implants in addition to your breast lift. Many women who choose to undergo a breast lift often have sagging or hanging breasts due to lost volume because of their age, having undergone pregnancy or going through major weight loss. Because of this, they wish to restore the volume that has been lost in the breasts over time. However, if you’d like to keep the original size of the breasts and just remove skin that causes them to sag, a breast lift can be done alone.

If you still have any lingering questions about your breast lift or breast implants, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Pollack today.

Contact Us

Pollack Plastic Surgery

3720 Fourth Avenue
San Diego CA 92103

Tel: (619)639-7999