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Will My Breasts Need to Be Lifted During My Augmentation?

Nobody can run from the effects of gravity but this doesn’t mean that your self-esteem needs to take a bashing because of it.

Breast enhancement is still one of the most popular surgeries across the globe because it corrects the breasts in ways that strengthening and toning exercises simply can’t.

Implants Aren’t Always Enough

While it would be wonderful if it was always possible to revive the breasts using augmentation alone, this isn’t the case.

For women with mild sagging, breast implants should be enough to create fuller, perkier breasts, however, this is not an option for those with moderate to severe sagging. Choosing to add implants to breasts that are already sagging quite severely will only add more weight and make things worse. Too many clinics don’t explain this to their patients during their consultations, which often leads to unsatisfactory results.

One of the reasons why women choose to go ahead with an augmentation and not a lift too is because the procedure is slightly longer and it costs more. Unfortunately, some clinics use this fact as a way to talk patients into a breast augmentation when they actually need a lift too.

Determining Whether You Need a Breast Lift

Before you start looking into breast lift procedure details, you can do a basic test at home that will help you determine whether a breast lift might be a good idea.

Take a pencil and place it under the fold of your breast, then remove your hand. Did the pencil fall away? If so, you don’t need a breast lift. However, if the pencil stayed in place, it may be time to schedule a consultation with a reputable surgeon.

During your consultation, your surgeon will review where your breast is sitting in relation to the natural crease of your breast – this is the area where your breast tissue meets your chest. If the mound of your breast falls below this crease, you will require a breast lift and augmentation.

How the Procedures Differ

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is designed to remove excess skin while also reshaping and repositioning the breast – a breast lift does not change the size of your breasts. If you are only concerned about sagging, you will only need a breast lift, which will take around 4 – 5 hours.

If you want to address sagging and enhance the size of your breasts, you will require augmentation and a breast lift, which takes a little longer and is more complex.

In terms of whether your insurance or Medicare will cover the procedure, only breast lifts are potentially eligible for a Medicare Rebate – there are certain terms and conditions that need to be met.

Even if you qualify for a Medicare Rebate, it won’t cover your entire procedure so you will either need to pay the rest yourself or claim it from your private health insurance. Breast augmentation is not covered by Medicare or private insurers.