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In an era when people just assume anyone with a nice rack has had a breast lift or augmentation, boob jobs seem like they’re no big deal. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts are the fastest growing plastic surgery, “up 89 percent (99,614 in 2015, up from 52,836 in 2000),” and breast augmentation still tops the list of procedures, “279,143 procedures, down 2 percent from 2014, up 31 percent from 2000).”

However, it’s important to remember that any surgery, even outpatient, is a big deal and involves an element of risk. You’ll also be changing your body — a little or a lot depending on how big you want to go — in a way that will require more surgery to reverse so it pays to do your homework and make sure it’s something you really, really want.

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A breast lift doesn’t add volume, it just perks the girls up, and there will be scars. A lot of women opt for a lift and implants but (thank goodness!) a more natural, subtle look has replaced the enormous round, gravity-defying stripper boobs of the 80’s and 90’s.

So how do you know if you really need a boob job? First, no one needs a boob job; the question is more about how much you think it will improve your body image and increase your confidence. One major consideration is that boob jobs aren’t a one-time deal. They require occasional tune-ups as implants shift and they will likely need to be replaced after 10 years, so be ready to start saving for implant maintenance. The younger you are, the more you’ll need.

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A breast lift still feels like your own breasts — because they still are all you — though your nipple may need to be repositioned which can affect breast feeding and could cause you to lose sensation. Even the most natural looking implants will still feel like implants and they’ll affect your posture as well as how clothes fit. Neither of these things is necessarily bad — just another thing to think about.

These days more women are opting to have their implants removed for a variety of reasons, including health issues and complications. Some find larger breasts distracting as they advance in their careers. Others realize they prefer looking fit and strong rather than top-heavy and artificial — though that’s not an issue if you opt for natural looking implants that are in proportion with your body.

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Ultimately, only you know whether you need a breast lift or implants. If you truly feel it will make you feel even more fabulous — and lots of women do — take your time, research doctors and give different sizes a test-drive so you’ve got a good idea of how you’ll look post-op.