With the many different types of breast surgery that address different issues, the two that are the most similar are breast reduction and breast lift. Because of that, the two procedures are regularly requested and performed together.
The truth about breast reduction and lift is that it is one of the most rewarding plastic surgeries around because it has the potential to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional liberation for many women.
BREAST REDUCTION vs. LIFT
The main difference between breast reduction and breast lift is that breast reduction requires removal of breast tissue and/or fats while breast lift does not.
When a patient’s aim is to have a significant amount of volume and weight reduction in their breasts, then a breast reduction procedure will help the reduce a few cup sizes.
When a patient is more concerned about altering their silhouette so that the breasts are positioned higher, perkier, and firmer—but not smaller—a breast lift would be more suitable.
Sometimes, after a breast lift the breasts might appear smaller than before. That is normal and is actually due to the new position of the breasts.
WHEN TO CONSIDER BREAST REDUCTION AND LIFT
Breast reduction and lift surgery is normally requested by women have a genetic history of overly large breasts, or are overweight.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you might want to consider breast reduction and lift surgery:
- Breasts that are overly large in comparison to your body
- Constant back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Breasts that feel too heavy all the time
- Poor posture or difficulty maintaining the right posture due to weight of breasts
- Numbness and soreness on shoulder from weight pulling on bra straps
- Skin abrasion from friction of the bra or skin-on-skin contact
- Lopsided breasts—one is larger or is at a different position than the other
- Downward pointing nipples that are significantly below the fold of your breasts
- Difficultly finding clothes or bras that fit properly
- Restriction of physical activity due to heaviness and bulkiness of breasts
- Feelings of unhappiness and loss of confidence about your breasts
Breast reduction and lift can be performed at any age, and are even performed on some teens as young as 15 years old. However, I usually recommend waiting until after puberty for the breast to stop growing first to ensure the best overall results.
To add an extra perspective to this, breast reduction does not necessarily have to be limited to females. Male breast reduction (gynecomastia) is a fairly common procedure that I also perform for my male patients. I have written a blog post with very interesting information relating to gynecomastia, read about it here: http://bit.ly/sd6s89f
INSURANCE CRITERIA FOR BREAST REDUCTION AND LIFT SURGERY
Costs incurred from breast reduction and lift surgery may be eligible for insurance claims. Insurance criteria for approval for surgery vary from insurance company to insurance company. Contact your insurance company for specific details, criteria and requirements of eligibility for insurance claims.
PREGNANCY AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Pregnancy after breast reduction surgery might affect the shape, size, and appearance of the breasts, possibly reversing some of the positive changes made during the plastic surgery procedure.
Of course, there are exceptions such as when the patient is a teenager with breasts so large that they feel very self-conscious about themselves. It is then a priority to address their health and mental well being first before worrying about the after-effects of future pregnancies.
In such instances, I often discuss the breast reduction and lift surgery thoroughly with my patients to help guide them in their decision. It is most important to me that my patients feel confident and happy with their bodies.
WHY BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY IS SO REWARDING
Breast reduction and lift surgery is so rewarding because it alleviates physical and emotional discomfort while also enhancing the patients’ appearance!
My patients report an increase in self-confidence and a renewed sense of freedom to wear the clothes they want to wear and participate in physical activities they had previously shunned. It was indeed liberating for them!
While most of my patients report an immediate relief from their back, shoulder and neck pain after their surgery, it does take a while for the final results to set in. Once the recovery period is over, they can expect to feel lighter and have better posture. They can also expect to feel happier with their figure and a soar in self-confidence that definitely lasts for a lifetime!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.