Breast lift or breast reduction: The differences

Published on September 30, 2019 by
breast lift or breast reduction

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.