Do I Need to Combine Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation/lift New York

As one of New York City’s leading plastic surgeons and breast specialists, Dr. Joshua Greenwald has helped many patients improve their breast profile with breast lift, breast augmentation or both. Here Dr. Greenwald explains what each surgery accomplishes and when it makes the most sense to combine them. If you are trying to figure out which surgical option is best for achieving your aesthetic goals, read on to learn more.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation’s main goal is to add volume to your breasts. Other benefits include pronounced cleavage, a rounder shape, improved symmetry and a size that is proportional to your body’s frame. Breast implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and textures to help you attain your preferred appearance.

Breast Lift

Breast lift does not change the size of your breasts, but instead elevates them to address the drooping that accompanies the aging process. It is also useful for women who notice sagging after weight loss or breastfeeding. The breasts adopt a more appealing shape when lifted. Moreover, Dr. Greenwald can reposition the nipples so that they have a more youthful look.

Combining Surgeries

If your breasts are already positioned high on your chest but you wish they were bigger, or if they match your ideal size and you wish they were higher, then your choice is straightforward: one surgery is sufficient. However, if you desire breasts that are both elevated and larger, then you are probably a good candidate for combining these surgeries. Most women who choose this combination are in their late 30s (or older) and have lost volume and experienced tissue sagging through aging and pregnancy.

When you have your consultation, Dr. Greenwald can help you to set realistic expectations of what each procedure achieves — in isolation and together. With this information, you can make your own decision about whether you should combine breast lift with breast augmentation.

Other Advantages of Combining Procedures

When you have breast augmentation and breast lift performed at the same time rather than separately, you inevitably save some money. For example, anesthesia and facility fees get paid once rather than twice.

Additionally, pairing breast surgeries allows you to overlap your recovery periods. Rather than taking two separate “vacations” from your job to recover, your breasts can heal over a single 10-to-14-day span.

Meet with Dr. Greenwald

Plastic surgery can help you attain breasts that make you feel confident and beautiful. After assessing your breasts during a consultation, Dr. Greenwald can offer his professional opinion as to whether a breast augmentation, breast lift or both is the best plan to achieve your desired result. To make an appointment at his Harrison, Carmel or Manhattan, NY offices, please call (914) 421-0113 today. 


Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.