Although there are many different situations that can compel women to choose breast augmentation surgery, there are two scenarios that are common. One large group that opts for this procedure is made up of younger women who have small breasts and want larger breasts, while the other demographic is middle-aged women who want to restore the breast fullness that they lost after having children. Younger women who opt for breast augmentation don't generally need to get a breast lift — a complementary procedure that the cosmetic surgeon will often perform at the same time. Middle-aged and older women, however, can often benefit from a lift. If you're facing these issues, a lift will generally be a good idea.
As women age, it's common for their breasts to sag a little lower as time passes. This can mean that by the time you're ready to have your breasts augmented, you have some extra skin around this part of your body. While your cosmetic surgeon can definitely place implants under your breasts, they'd likely be lower than you'd want without also getting a breast lift at the same time. The lift part of this procedure can get rid of the excess skin that is part of the aging process.
Another physical change that you experience as you age is that your nipples will be lower on your chest than they were when you were younger. This may be something that causes you a little embarrassment, and it is something that your cosmetic surgeon will rectify with a breast lift procedure while he or she performs the breast augmentation. This way, your nipples will be positioned higher on your body, much like they were perhaps a couple decades ago. The higher position of your nipples, along with your fuller breasts, can give this part of your body more of a youthful appearance.
Stretch marks can appear in many areas of your body, including your breasts. If your breasts were once large, but have lost volume over the years, they may have stretch marks. A breast lift at the same time as your breast augmentation will result in fuller breasts that are higher up on your chest. Although this doesn't erase the stretch marks, it can make them much less visible.
Speak to your cosmetic surgeon about some other factors that may make a breast lift at the same time as your augmentation a good idea.