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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Choosing the Right Procedure for You in Jax

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When it comes to enhancing the appearance of one's breasts, breast augmentation  and breast lift  are two popular cosmetic surgery options here in Jacksonville, Florida. While both procedures aim to improve the aesthetics of the breasts, they serve different purposes and involve distinct techniques. Choosing between breast augmentation and breast lift can be a significant decision, and understanding the differences between the two is crucial to make an informed choice. In this blog, we'll explore both procedures in detail, highlighting their purposes, techniques, benefits, and considerations to help you decide which option might be right for you.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. It involves the insertion of breast implants or fat transfer to achieve the desired volume and shape. Here are some key aspects of breast augmentation:


Enhance breast size: Breast augmentation is primarily chosen by individuals who wish to have larger breasts or achieve a specific cup size.

Restore breast volume: Some women opt for breast augmentation to regain lost breast volume, often due to factors like pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.

Achieve better symmetry: Breast augmentation can also correct breast asymmetry, creating a more balanced appearance.


Implants: Breast implants are commonly used for augmentation. They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials (silicone or saline) to customize the outcome. Dr. Courtney Caplin and Dr. Erik Nuveen often recommend breast implants when a patient is wanting the most upper chest fullness, and wanting to improve roundness. Additionally, implants give the most predictable result in regard to size.

Fat transfer: In some cases, autologous fat transfer is used to augment the breasts. This technique involves liposuction to harvest fat from one area of the body and inject it into the breasts. This option is great for patients not wanting to have a foreign body and prefer to just rearrange their own inventory.


Increased breast size and fullness.

Enhanced cleavage and overall breast shape.

Improved self-confidence and body image.


The need for regular monitoring and potential implant replacement.

Scarring, although incisions are typically discreetly placed.

Potential for complications like capsular contracture or implant rupture.

Breast Lift

A breast lift, medically known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure focused on reshaping and lifting the breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, which primarily addresses volume, breast lift targets breast sagging and drooping. Here are the essential aspects of breast lift:


Correct breast sagging: Breast lift is chosen by individuals with breasts that have lost their youthful position due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations.

Improve breast shape: This procedure enhances breast shape and firmness, giving them a more youthful appearance.

Nipple and areola repositioning: In addition to lifting the breasts, a breast lift can reposition and resize the nipple and areola.


Excess skin removal: The surgeon removes excess skin to lift the breasts.

Reshaping the breast tissue: The underlying breast tissue is reshaped to create a more youthful contour.

Nipple and areola adjustment: If necessary, the surgeon repositions and reshapes the nipple and areola.


Restored breast position and shape.

Improved nipple and areola appearance.

Increased self-confidence and comfort.


Limited impact on breast size.

Scarring, although incisions are strategically placed for minimal visibility.

Long-lasting results, but aging and other factors may affect breast position over time.

Choosing the Right Procedure for You

The decision between breast augmentation and breast lift ultimately depends on your specific goals and concerns. Here are some considerations to help you make an informed choice:

Desired outcome: If you primarily wish to increase breast size or address volume loss, breast augmentation may be the better choice. However, if your main concern is breast sagging and reshaping, a breast lift is more appropriate.

Combination procedures: In some cases, individuals may benefit from a combination of both procedures to achieve their desired results, simultaneously addressing volume and position.

Consultation with a board-certified surgeon: During your consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals with a qualified  cosmetic surgeon who can assess your individual needs and recommend the most suitable procedure or combination of procedures for you. Dr. Courtney Caplin and Dr. Erik Nuveen are both triple board certified. (ABCS, ABFCS, ABOMS)


Breast augmentation and breast lift are both effective cosmetic surgery options that can help you achieve your desired breast aesthetics. The choice between the two depends on your specific goals and concerns. Consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Jacksonville, Florida to discuss your options, assess your suitability for each procedure, and make an informed decision that aligns with your aesthetic aspirations and lifestyle. Remember that regardless of your choice, the goal of both procedures is to enhance your confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.