The Difference Between a Breast Reduction and a Breast Lift

The Difference Between a Breast Reduction and a Breast Lift

Posted on February 2, 2019 by Dr. Susan MacLennan

Breast procedures are great options for women who would like to change the size, shape, or position of their breasts. Breast reduction and breast lift are both very popular, and can alter your breasts to your desired shape. How do you know which one is right for you? Read on to learn more about these breast surgery options and how they can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction can help to reduce the size of breasts that are too large and alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms that go along with overly large breasts. These symptoms may include rashes, bra straps that dig into the shoulders, back and neck pain, and difficulty exercising.

During a breast reduction, excess breast tissue and skin is removed and the breasts are also uplifted. Most women feel more balanced and like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. Breast reduction helps to create a more proportionate body contour and gives a  boost in confidence and quality of life!

Breast Lift

Throughout life, a woman’s breasts can go through many changes. Whether this is from simple aging or weight loss or childbirth, our breast skin and tissue can begin to sag and lose shape. Many women feel insecure about the the changes their breasts have undergone.

A breast lift is a great solution to sagging breasts. During the procedure, Dr. MacLennan will remove excess skin and rearrange the breast tissue to create a more perky breast shape.  The incisions are similar to breast reduction incisions, but less tissue is removed. A breast lift retains most or all of your breast tissue, but rearranges it into an uplifted shape.

Taking the First Step

Both the breast reduction and breast lift deal with changing the breast shape, but they do so in slightly different ways. The best way to determine which kind of breast procedure is right for you is through a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. MacLennan. This will help ensure that you are receiving the care and attention to detail that you deserve.

If you are interested in learning more about breast surgery, contact our Burlington, VT office today to schedule a consultation!