CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - Many women seeking firmer, shapelier, and fuller breasts often believe the only option available is a breast lift, states Riverside plastic surgeon Christopher Chung, MD. However, he continues, a number of patients may be able to undergo breast augmentation alone and still achieve their aesthetic goals. The reason this may be of interest, he explains, is due to the fact that breast augmentation typically offers fewer and smaller incisions compared with breast lift surgery.

Mastopexy, more commonly called breast lift surgery, is designed to elevate the breasts as well as tighten skin that has lost elasticity and firmness, Dr. Chung indicates. Individuals with moderate to severe skin laxity, overly large areolas, and minimal breast tissue may benefit most from this procedure, he explains. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without implants, depending on the unique anatomical needs and goals of the patient, he says. He notes that there can be many benefits to this operation; however, one drawback may be the number of incisions, which will, again, depend on the patient's individual treatment plan.

Breast augmentation, Dr. Chung contrasts, is designed mainly to add volume, though the procedure can also help to balance the proportion and shape of the breasts. The Riverside plastic surgeon says that he determines whether a patient requires a breast lift or breast augmentation by examining the location of the nipple, the degree of skin laxity, and the curvature of the breast below the areola, called the lower poles. In some cases, he suggests careful positioning with the right breast implant type can help women who desire an increase in size as well as a subtle lift.

Dr. Chung indicates that the opportunity to select between breast augmentation and breast lift surgery is possible due to the increasing array of breast implant types available. By choosing the right size and shape breast implants, he says many women can enjoy more youthful and natural-looking breasts regardless of whether they undergo a breast lift or breast augmentation.

Ultimately, Dr. Chung recommends that patients desiring firmer, fuller breasts should discuss their aspirations with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can determine if they will be better served with a breast lift or breast augmentation. Every patient is unique, he emphasizes, and each woman deserves a customized treatment plan that addresses her concerns and offers the best outcome possible.

About Christopher Chung, MD

Attending on a full academic scholarship, Dr. Chung earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed an additional eight years of medical training, including a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. The recipient of many accolades, such as The Character and Ethics Project Award and the City of Glendale Mayor's Commendation, he is also certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and an active member of several esteemed medical associations. Dr. Chung is available for interview upon request.

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