Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
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Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Is It Better to Get a Breast Lift or Implants? Or Both?

Breast lift, Implant, or Both?

Determining if a breast lift is needed during your breast augmentation surgery at my Austin, Texas, practice is an important step. And it’s something all plastic surgeons do almost automatically during your breast exam. If a lift is needed, it is really an essential component of performing a full and complete breast rejuvenation. For a patient, this can sometimes be confusing but a few simple determinants can help to guide this decision.

How do you know if you need a breast uplift?

As part of my routine breast consultation, I look closely at your breasts to determine if a breast lift is needed. In general, this involves evaluating first the position of the nipple. As the breast tissue drops over time, the nipple can sometimes drift below the breast fold. When this happens a breast lift is indicated to reposition the nipple higher on the breast mound to a more youthful position. This is the most common reason for needing a lift, and you can read more about how the procedure is performed in a related blog post.

If you look at your breasts in the mirror and don’t see normal breast skin positioned below the nipple then a breast lift is likely indicated.

The second factor is to look at the overall breast skin quality and laxity. More lax skin sometimes needs to be tightened so that the implant and breast tissue will be a cohesive fit. If you have many stretch marks or very loose breast skin, then a breast lift can help the appearance of both of these problems.

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The third factor is the breast fold position. If the breast tissue is mostly above the fold, then we usually don’t need a lift. However, some patients can have a condition called pseudo ptosis where the fold needs to be adjusted as most of the breast tissue has fallen below the nipple, making it seem too high.

Breast lift surgery has increased by 70% from 2000 to 2013, and more than 113,000 patients had the procedure done in 2019, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You can see why so many women have chosen breast lift surgery by looking at our patients’ before-and-after photos.

The best way to learn more about how a breast lift could improve your appearance is to schedule a consultation with one of your community’s respected board-certified plastic surgeons. For our Austin, TX, patients, we offer complimentary consultations so we can sit down and discuss your options and perform an examination. For more information call us at (512) 244-1444 or request a consultation using our online contact form.

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Austin: (512) 244-1439
Round Rock: (512) 244-1444

Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get Directions

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Dr. Mahlon Kerr, Dr. Ross Blagg, Dr. Amy Bekanich, Dr. Lauren Crawford, and Dr. Ankur Mehta are highly regarded, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg, Dr. Bekanich, Dr. Crawford, or Dr. Mehta perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Our plastic surgeons serve communities surrounding Northern Austin, San Antonio, and other cities including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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