Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction: Which One is For You?

Choosing Breast Lift or Surgery | Denver Aesthetic Surgery


Should I go for a breast lift or breast reduction?

Women who want to enhance the look of their breasts are often muddled with this question. If you are one of those women, you can make a better decision when you understand the differences between each procedure.

Breast lift and breast reduction are surgical procedures that have several things in common as well as differences. The choice between which one to choose is entirely up to your desired result. So to help you get started in this process, let’s take a glance at what each of these procedures do.

What is a Breast Lift?

At a glance, the objective of a breast lift is to improve the shape of your breasts, especially if they’re sagging due to breastfeeding, pregnancy or old age. Also known as mastopexy, this procedure also corrects the nipples when they’re pointing downwards due to gravity or rapid weight loss.

It helps to remember that a breast lift doesn’t increase the size of your breasts, but it’s often used in conjunction with breast augmentation or breast reduction. Sometimes, the procedure is used as standalone, depending on your case.

There are several factors that can help you determine if a breast lift is for you, and below are just some of them:

  • Your breasts have an elongated shape or look pendulous. They also seem flatter than normal.
  • When you’re not wearing a bra, your nipples drop lower than your breast crease.
  • One of your breasts droops lower than the other.
  • Your breasts’ areolas or nipples are pointing downward.

If one, two or three of these factors are present upon checking yourself in the mirror, breast lift may be right for you.

What is a Breast Reduction?

From the name itself, the purpose of this procedure is to remove excess fat in your breast as well as to give you permanent relief from discomfort due to large breasts. Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty, is also performed to correct large drooping or sagging breasts.

If you’re wondering if breast reduction is for you, you should at least consider these factors:

  • Your large breasts are causing you neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • You always experience irritation underneath your breasts’ crease, especially during the hot months.
  • Your large breasts limit physical activity.
  • You’re bothered with having too large breasts.

Breast lifts and breast reductions can improve the look of your breasts, but each of them serve a different purpose. So the best move you can make is to consult with Dr. Lee because he’ll be able to examine whether you need a breast lift, breast reduction, or both based on your personal preference.