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Women looking to reposition, reduce or reshape their breasts should be aware of the different types of surgical procedures available to them. Today we will look at breast reductions versus breast lifts.

Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift: Basic Differences in Goals

To choose the right type of breast surgery for you, you must first determine what you want the end result to be. If the goal is to have a significant amount of volume and weight reduction in breast tissue, then a breast reduction procedure will likely be needed.

If you want your breasts to be perkier, firmer and higher, a breast lift would be best.

It is possible to lift a breast without changing the volume or removing any tissue, however, the breast will sometimes appear smaller after this procedure due to its position. It is also possible to reduce breast volume without lifting the tissue (usually via liposuction) but all reductions that are performed by making incisions will also include a lift.

Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift: Advantages in Common

Women who have undergone a breast reduction or a breast lift generally comment that they feel lighter and have better posture. They both also report that they are happier with their figure and feel increased self-confidence. Both groups of women are also typically able to easily keep any scars hidden.

How to determine if you need a breast reduction or lift

When trying to determine if a breast reduction or breast lift is something you need, ask yourself these questions and if the answer is yes, schedule a free consultation with Dr. McFate to start discussing the next steps:

  • Are your breasts too large in proportion to your body frame?
  • Do your breasts feel heavy to you?
  • Do you have difficulty maintaining correct posture?
  • Is one of your breasts a cup size (or more) bigger than the other?
  • Are you experiencing shoulder, neck or back pain from the heavy breasts?
  • Is your skin often irritated under your breasts or do you have a rash between your breasts?
  • Do bras leave grooves or depressions between your collarbones and shoulders?
  • Do your breasts limit your daily activities, exercise or work?
  • Do your breasts limit your choice of clothing?

Occasionally, a woman seeking a breast lift, may benefit from a breast enlargement with implants, if her goals for breast position and projection are not achievable with a lift alone.

To learn more about breast lifts/reductions,  schedule a free consultation with our Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. John McFate.

Precision Plastic Surgery is located in Westlake Hills and provides many resources for in and out of state patients and our on-site surgery suite is accredited through the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Learn more about Precision here: About Us.

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