Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel, and during breast augmentation surgery, the implants are placed behind each breast, beneath the breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. Each implant type is completely safe, and each offers its own advantages.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to restore a youthful shape to breasts and correct sagging caused by weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin’s natural elasticity, or simply the effects of gravity. A breast lift can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast augmentation (mammoplasty) for added breast volume and firmness. A breast lift is appropriate for any size breast, but results last longest when the breasts are originally small and sagging.