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What Should I Choose—A Breast Lift or Breast Reduction?

Our breasts change throughout our lives, and not even Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez can escape the effects of gravity, weight loss and gain, pregnancy, and nursing have on the body. Breast asymmetry, sagginess, laxity and more can take a toll on our appearance and confidence. 

Surgical solutions roll back time on your figure. If you’ve ever spoken to a woman who’s had a breast lift or breast reduction, you’ve heard how thrilled they are with their results. Researching which procedure will work best for you arms you with good questions for your breast surgery consultation. These tips will help you make the right decision.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction can instantly reduce breast size by removing excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue. Usually, enlarged areolas are addressed as well. The procedure can also be an excellent opportunity to screen for breast cancer with the removal of natural tissue. Breast reduction, like the lift, restores your breasts to a more youthful position. 

Exceedingly large breasts may cause emotional and health issues. In addition to a problem with self-image, women may suffer from physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue impedes movement and exercise. Also, the self-consciousnesses associated with large pendulous breasts may be just as painful as the discomfort from the excess weight. 

Those who seek breast reduction surgery often complain of: 

  • breasts impeding their exercise and movement
  • pain in shoulder, neck, and back 
  • shoulder pain from tight bra straps
  • chronic irritation under the breasts 

Although a breast reduction procedure has similar benefits as a breast lift, they are two different procedures designed for different aesthetic goals.

Breast Lift

Mastopexy is breast lift surgery designed to rejuvenate the feminine figure by restoring the breast profile to a more youthful position. It lifts and firms breasts by removing excess skin and reinforcing underlying muscles. The results are a perkier breast presence with a smaller areola if necessary. 

Breasts will rise higher on the chest and be firmer to the touch. Unlike a breast reduction, there is no decrease in size, just a firming of sagging breast tissue and skin and establishment of a sensual upward curve.

Combining the Two

A breast reduction and breast lift go hand in glove for many women seeking to enhance their figure by improving their breast contour. Women benefit by combining these procedures when they have to deal with both size and positioning problems with their breasts.

Learn More

The internet is a great place to research cosmetic procedures. It can’t take the place of an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, however.  

If you find yourself wishing your breasts still had their 20- or 30-something pizzaz, Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Livingston, can help.  

To learn more about the benefits of any breast surgery, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Livingston, today.