This is a very common question asked because both procedures involve similar incisions and both procedures involve lifting the breasts, especially the areolar position which is hanging low either from weight loss or pregnancy.
A breast reduction is performed to reduce the size of the breast. This procedure is a great solution for someone who is a full D cup or larger and can’t get the extra weight off through diet and exercise to reduce their breast size. Most patients who are interested in breast reduction surgery suffer from back, shoulder or neck pain.
A considerable amount of weight can be lifted from the breast and the patient’s comfort levels are dramatically improved.
Breast lifts do not reduce the size of the breast. This procedure is performed to improve the appearance of sagging breasts. The excess loose, hanging skin will be removed, the areola will be repositioned higher up on the breast and all the breast tissue will be pulled up to a more natural position for a beautifully shaped breast contour.
The Major Difference Between Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Surgery
Surgical planning and the aesthetic results are very similar. The biggest difference between these two procedures is that a breast reduction is performed to reduce the size of the breasts. A breast lift is not performed to reduce the size of the breasts.
Dr. Brooks will discuss the proper procedure for your unique needs at the time of your initial consultation. To learn more about your options, please call 403.487.0460.