Do I need a combination of both a breast reduction and a lift to achieve a smaller, fuller breast?
Posted January 20, 2016
Actually, that is a very common question woman have and I am frequently asked that by patients as they inquire about a breast reduction. I would like to point out that the goal of a breast reduction is to reduce the size of your breasts and reshape them so that they are no longer a source of pain or discomfort and they are now proportionate to your body. This procedure involves the removal of excess fat, skin and tissue resulting in the nipple and areola shifting to a higher position. The breasts are in better proportion and will feel firm and look perkier. It not only reduces this size but lifts them at the same time.
I encourage patients to discuss with their surgeon the amount of reduction they desire and to have an exam to review the size and shape of their breasts. There are usually three incisions involved in the surgery which is done in a surgical center. The procedure itself usually takes about 3 hours. The surgeon removes the excess breast tissue, fat, and skin which will shift the nipple and areola to a higher location. The areolas, or pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple, may also be reduced. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the patient’s arms.
A breast reduction is an excellent procedure if your breasts are too large for your body frame and you have backaches, neck aches or skin irritation under your breasts. Patients also complain of difficulty breathing, poor posture and grooves from their bra straps. Women who are self-conscious about their appearance or have difficulty fitting in clothes will feel more confident and find many of their complaints are resolved after surgery.
I hope this answers your question and congratulations on making this “your year”!