I write a lot about
breasts on my blog but it’s one of those procedures that so many women have
interest in and for such a wide array of reasons that it seems there’s always
something to say about how and why to approach different breast procedures.
This month I thought I would take some time to explain the differences between
a breast reduction and a breast lift.
For women who want
to both reduce the weight and volume of their breasts – as
well as take advantage of this surgery to address any loose skin in the area, I
suggest a breast reduction. A breast reduction reduces breast tissue and
tightens and removes loose skin. Breast reduction is appropriate for heavy-chested
women or those with more modest volume of breast tissue but a lot of excess
skin. This procedure both reshapes the breast and raises the position of
the breast on the chest wall for a perkier, more youthful look. In
addition, the areola is often reduced in diameter to fit more proportionately
to the new breast shape. This procedure is a game-changer for women who have
struggled much of their lives with pain in their back, neck and shoulders from
breasts that are just too heavy for their body type.
A breast lift is more
appropriate for women who are satisfied with the volume/size of their breasts
but are unhappy due to sagginess, lax skin and overall, how low they hang on
the chest. This is a pretty natural progression as the body and breasts age and
can be accelerated due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, especially if a woman’s
breasts expanded several cup sizes during pregnancy/breastfeeding and
“deflated” after weaning. The breast lift procedure snugs up the skin
envelope and raises the breast position to a higher point, giving a perkier,
fuller look that looks great. No more hiking up the bra straps in order to get
your breasts in the right position!
For all prospective
breast surgery patients, no matter the starting point or concern, it is
important to schedule an in-depth consultation with me so that we can review
your concerns and dreams and make a plan to get you there.
Read more about the breast lift.
Read more about breast reduction.