What is the difference between a breast reduction and a breast lift?
As we get older or after pregnancy or major weight loss, your breasts lose their youthful shape, firmness and position and the nipple/ areola goes down.
A breast lift will raise your breast and tightens the skin of the breast. For a better younger shape, only skin is removed and the nipple/ areola is elevated but does not change the size of your breast nor will it fill the upper aspect of your breast. If you want larger and/ or fuller breasts you will also need a breast augmentation. A breast lift is considered cosmetic surgery.
Breast Reduction is the reduction of the size of your breasts; it lifts the breast and reshapes the breast.
Who will benefit from a Breast Reduction?
- Adults with large, heavy, saggy breasts.
- Patients with back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain related to the large breasts.
- Patients with increased perspiration under the breast that causes rashes and or infections. \
- If you are unable to do some physical activity because of the weight of your breasts.
Who is a good candidate for a Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) Surgery?
- You have large heavy breasts.
- You are in good health.
- You are a NON-SMOKER.
- You have a good understanding of the risks, alternatives and complications of breast reduction and realistic expectations about the size, shape and scars that you get with a reduction mammoplasty.
Surgery will reduce the size of your breast and it will make then higher (perky), give them a better shape and position, as well as a smaller areola but there will be a long scar. Your insurance company may cover the breast reduction only if your breasts are large enough that at least one pound of weight can be removed from each breast.