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Breast Reduction and Breast Lift: What’s the Difference?

October 18, 2018

Breast reduction and breast lift are two plastic surgery procedures that have an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction.

That’s because both of these treatments offer patients a way to improve their figure, confidence, and quality of life.

So, which type of breast surgery is right for you?  Keep reading to learn all about breast reduction and breast lift and what’s the difference in terms of treatment plan and patient goals and expectations.

What Is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the volume and weight of breasts by removing excess skin, fat, and breast tissue.

Women and some men may elect to undergo this treatment for aesthetic or functional reasons, and in many cases, it’s a combination of these concerns.

The results of a breast reduction not only minimize breast size, but also help achieve a more lifted and youthful appearance.

Why Consider Having a Breast Reduction?

While patients each have their own reasons for pursuing breast reduction, a majority of them cite the following factors:

Limitations to physical activity and exercise, back and neck pain, poor posture or slouching, breathing and sleep disturbances, chronic skin rashes under the breasts, indentations in skin from bra straps, and difficulty finding clothing and bras that fit well and offer adequate support.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, involves the surgical reshaping and repositioning of sagging breasts. Areola and nipple appearance, size, and location are often adjusted during this procedure as well.

However, unlike a breast reduction, a breast lift only eliminates loose and excess skin and does not affect breast tissue or fat.

Why Consider Having a Breast Lift?

Similar to a breast reduction, patients may feel that drooping of their breasts impacts the overall look of their physique and quality of life.

Their breasts may have been significantly stretched from weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and/or breast feeding and cause insecurity.

Additionally, patients that elect to have a breast lift are particularly concerned about flat or drooping-shaped breasts, nipples that point down or nipples that fall below the breast crease, and breast unevenness.

That being said, a combination of a breast reduction and breast lift may be recommended for an optimal outcome.

To learn more about breast reduction and breast lift and what’s the difference between the two, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.

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