At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we offer several advanced breast enhancement procedures, two of the most popular being breast lift and breast reduction. Both of these procedures can produce remarkable breast enhancement results, but they are quite distinct from one another in terms of the concerns they are designed to address.
In today’s blog post, we will illustrate the comparisons between breast lift and breast reduction to give you a clear idea of which surgery may be better for your needs and goals.
Breast Lift Surgery
Clinically referred to as “mastopexy”, breast lift surgery addresses breasts that have developed an accumulation of sagging, excess skin (breast ptosis) that causes them to “droop.” This can be the result of hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, the natural aging process, or pregnancy/breastfeeding, though certain women are more prone than others to ptosis, which can be identified in five stages (or “grades”).
A breast lift can involve distinct techniques and incision locations depending on your particular grade of ptosis and unique anatomy. While this surgery on its own cannot change the size of your breasts, it can adjust their positioning in relation to the inframammary fold, reduce excess skin and tissue, and create a much firmer and “perkier” appearance.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Unlike breast lift surgery, which is widely considered a solely cosmetic procedure, breast reduction surgery can also be performed to diminish physical discomfort. This is because overly large breasts are not only a source of embarrassment or frustration for certain women, but they can put significant pressure on the neck, shoulders, or back, leading to ongoing pain.
Breast reduction surgery, also known as “reduction mammoplasty,” can restore the breasts to a more manageable and aesthetically-pleasing size. The surgery can help women fit more comfortably into desired clothing, improve their self-image, and reduce the physical and emotional discomfort associated with excessively large breasts that are too cumbersome for an individual’s body frame. Incisions are generally made around the nipple-areola complex and extending downward; however, techniques can vary based on the nature and extent of the patient’s concerns.
It is important to note that while breast reduction surgery can sometimes provide a somewhat “lifted” effect, neither of these two surgeries can be substituted for the other. However, some patients can benefit from combining these two procedures if both treatments offer the best option for their ultimate goals.
If you would like further guidance on the most ideal procedure for your needs, feel free to contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group.