When it comes to surgeries that reshape or resize the breasts, breast augmentation typically gets a lot of attention. It can be a great procedure for women who are primarily interested in enhancing the size of their breasts.
But not every woman dissatisfied with her breasts is looking to make them bigger. In fact, some women want to do the opposite: they want to make their breasts smaller. For others, it’s not so much an issue of size as an issue of positioning. In either case, there are surgeries available that can improve the shape or size of your breasts.
Learn more about breast lift and breast reduction to see if one or the other, or perhaps even both, is the right choice for you.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
The primary goal of a breast lift (mastopexy) is to improve the shape and position of the breasts. No one’s breasts stay exactly the same throughout their lives. As you get older, the effects of gravity can take a toll, leaving you with breasts that sag or droop. Other changes in the body, often caused by breastfeeding or pregnancy, can also make the breasts saggy. Losing weight can also change the shape and position of the breasts.
There are a few ways a surgeon might perform a breast lift. One common procedure involves making an incision around the areola (nipple) and continuing down the breast and into the crease. After making the incision, the surgeon will remove any loose skin and possibly extra fat. The surgery is completed by repositioning the nipple so that it is more elevated.
What Does a Breast Reduction Do?
The primary reason a woman might consider a breast reduction, instead of a breast lift, is if she wants to make her breasts smaller. Overly large breasts can cause a number of problems for women. Those problems range from feeling self-conscious about the size of the breasts to having trouble finding bras and clothing that fits. Other problems can also include pain in the back, neck and shoulders from the weight of the breasts or breasts that hang heavy and low because of their large size.
A breast reduction won’t only reduce the size of the breasts, it can also improve their position on the chest. When the extra breast tissue and fat is removed, the breasts become lighter and can be repositioned so that they are higher up and are less saggy or droopy.
Who is a Candidate?
Deciding whether you’re a candidate for either a breast lift or breast reduction comes down to deciding what you want from your surgery. If your goal is to reduce the size of your breasts, breast reduction is the way to go. But if you are mostly happy with the size of your breasts and simply want to improve their shape or position, a breast lift is the way to go. If you want both — smaller and perkier breasts — it’s likely that a reduction is going to be the procedure for you.
That said, there are a few other things to keep in mind when deciding if a breast lift or reduction, or any surgery, is appropriate for you. One important consideration is your overall health. Since breast lifts and reductions are usually considered elective surgeries, they are often only performed on women who are in good health. Good health also means no smoking or tobacco use.
Another thing to consider is whether you’re finished having children or not. Pregnancy and breastfeeding both have an effect on the shape, size and positioning of your breasts. It’s usually recommended that you wait until you’ve completed your family and finished breastfeeding before you decide to have breast surgery.
Do you have more questions about a breast lift or reduction or want to learn more about each procedure? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, one of Houston’s top-rated plastic surgeons, today. Dr. Vitenas specializes in breast procedures and has more than 30 years of experience. Call 281-484-0088 to make your appointment.