Douglas L. Hendricks, M.D.
Due to weight loss my breasts are slightly saggy. I am only a B cup size. I want to have the breasts enlarged but I also want them lifted. Due to their small size, will getting implants also lift them? If not, and if I also need to have a breast lift, can both procedures be done at the same time?
A common misconception is out there, that breast implants will "lift" your breasts. This is really an optical illusion because filling your breasts with additional volume pushes the nipple forward and away from the chest and it appears as though your breasts have become higher on the chest. However, adding volume (implant) doesn't shorten the distance between your collarbone and the nipple. Only a re-shaping operation like a breast lift can do that.
I advise patients to determine if they want better shape of the breast or increased volume of the breast, or both. Once they understand the concept that volume and shape are two different matters, it is much easier to determine which procedure is best for your individual set of circumstances. After all, it's your body and you should ultimately be the one to decide what you want to change, and we as plastic surgeons can best advise you on the best way to get there. In any event, any board certified plastic surgeon is more than qualified to make your dreams come true.