What Is Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty reduces the size of overly large breasts. This involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. The goal of breast reduction is to make the breasts smaller and in proportion with your body.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift or mastopexy lifts and firms droopy breasts to give them a more youthful appearance. This involves removing the excess skin that has caused the sagging and tightening the surrounding tissue. The nipple and areola may also be shifted to a higher position during surgery. Breasts sag over time due to a combination of factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and significant weight fluctuations.
Dr. Coville performs breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery using the innovative short scar technique. This technique minimizes scarring and provides long-lasting results.
Breast Reduction vs a Breast Lift
The focus of breast reduction is on reducing the size and weight of the breasts. In contrast, a breast lift focuses on elevating the breasts and adjusting the shape. A breast lift won’t change the size of the breasts.
While breast lift surgery is typically done for purely cosmetic reasons, breast reduction is often motivated by the need to alleviate physical problems.
Candidates for breast reduction often struggle with concerns such as, shoulder, neck, or back pain, skin rashes, and poor posture. Women with moderate to severe sagging of the breasts, who want to restore shape and volume, are the usual candidates for breast lift surgery.