Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift

Plastic surgery procedures often have some similarities, but there are also major differences as well. For instance, breast lift and breast reduction surgeries often get mistaken for one another. Both of these procedures have important benefits but different techniques. Now, in order to determine whether you should get one or the other, it’s important to understand what each of them are primarily for.

Breast Lift

Now, the first determination you’ll want to consider is how much breast tissue you have versus the amount of breast skin. Breast tissue is essentially fatty tissue while skin is elastic. Now, some breasts may appear to look much larger than they are because they tend to droop forward due to the laxity of the skin. When excess skin is removed during a breast lift, the size may decrease due to the lack of volume. This is actually quite common in women that have lost a significant amount of weight. These women will likely benefit from lift as opposed to a reduction.

Breast Reduction

On the other hand, you have women that have a large amount of glandular and fatty tissue in the breasts. If this is the case, chances are you’re better off going with breast reduction surgery. Now remember, large breasts can lead to neck and back pain as well as rashes that occur underneath the skin. Reducing the amount of skin and fatty tissue will reduce the size of the breasts as well as alleviate the pain associated.

Article Submitted by Dr. Jan Zemplenyi. Dr. Jan Zemplenyi is a board certified plastic surgeon based out of Bellevue, Washington at the Bel Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery.

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