Dr. Steven Robinson of the Plastic Surgery Group

June 2015

Will You Need a Breast Lift after a Breast Reduction?

shutterstock_760218Are you thinking about having breast reduction surgery but worried that your breasts will be saggy once they are smaller in size? Do you wonder if you will also need a breast lift in order to combat this problem? In this blog post, Dr. Steven Robinson explains the effect of each procedure, and whether or not you need both to achieve the size and shape breast that you desire.

Breast Reduction Surgery: What to Expect

If you have large, heavy breasts that you wish to make smaller due to physical discomfort or self-consciousness, a breast lift surgery is the best procedure to suit your needs. Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, skin and tissue from the breasts so that they are lighter and smaller. The surgery also involves moving the areola and nipple to a higher position on the breast mound. When the excess tissue and fat is removed from the breast, sutures are then placed deep in the breast tissue in order to support the new shape of the breasts; this step in combination with repositioning the areola and nipple will lift the breast to a higher position, requiring no additional procedure.

The Difference between Breast Reduction and Lift

The breast reduction procedure is very similar to the breast lift procedure; the difference is that there is a larger quantity of breast tissue and skin removed during a breast reduction. A breast lift, by contrast, gives the breast a lift so that it is perkier and higher, though it doesn’t make the breast smaller. By these definitions, a woman who wants the size and volume of her breasts reduced while lifting the position of her breasts will usually only need one surgery: breast reduction. (Please note, however, that a woman who wishes to achieve perkier breasts that still look full, though smaller in size than her natural breasts, may benefit from a breast reduction procedure combined with the placement of small breast implants.)

To further illustrate the needs addressed by breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery, we will outline the characteristics of good candidates for each procedure.

Breast Reduction Candidates

A woman who is generally considered a good candidate for breast reduction surgery is someone who has:

  • Breasts too large for their frame
  • Feelings of self-consciousness due to their breasts’ appearance
  • Back and neck pain due to large, heavy breasts
  • Drooping breasts, and/or downward-pointing nipples
  • Rashes or infections in the breast fold due to trapped bacteria
  • Discomfort when participating in sports and other physical activities

Breast Lift Candidates

A woman who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery is typically someone who has:

  • Sagging breasts, or breasts that have lost their shape
  • Flat, elongated and/or pendulous breasts
  • Nipples that point downward when breasts are unsupported
  • Stretched breast skin and enlarged areolas
  • One breast lower than the other

Learn about Your Breast Surgery Options

If you would like to learn more about these breast surgeries, including which one will help you achieve the breasts that you desire, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson by calling Ohio Plastic Surgeons at (614) 326-4661.

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