Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction – What am I the Best Candidate For?

Author; Gaia Plastic Surgery 2021-06-28

When determining which type of breast surgery will help you reach your goals, it is important to understand your options. If you’ve been considering a breast lift or a breast reduction, you may be wondering which one you are the better candidate for.

At Gaia Plastic Surgery, we’ve put together an overview of each procedure to help you determine which procedure may be able to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

What is a Breast Lift?

Events such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss can cause your breasts to shrink and sag. With a breast lift, your surgeon can reshape, reposition, and increase the volume of your breasts. A breast lift is a surgical technique that is used to eliminate excess skin from your breasts while also eliminating sagging to raise them into a more youthful position. With a breast lift, you can correct issue such as:

  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Sagging breasts
  • Decreased breast volume
  • Drooping or downward-pointing nipples
  • Stretched or enlarged areolas
  • Chest skin folds
  • A breast lift is a procedure for women who have experienced major changes in their breasts due to aging, pregnancy, weight loss, or other factors.

Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?

If you want to achieve a more lifted, youthful appearance in your breasts, then you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. The ideal breast lift candidate meets the following criteria:

  • They are of sound mental health.
  • Interested in addressing excess or sagging skin.
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure and the outcome it can achieve.
  • Is in good overall health.
  • Does not smoke cigarettes.
  • Has no active infections.
  • Is satisfied with the size of the breasts.
  • Ideal candidates also must be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. It is also recommended that patients wait until they no longer plan on having children to have a breast lift since pregnancy can have an impact on the results.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Patients with large breasts can often develop issues such as back, neck, and shoulder pain due to the excessive weight of their breasts. A breast reduction can help patients achieve smaller, lighter breasts while also achieving a more youthful look.

This procedure reshapes the breast by removing the excess breast tissue to change them to a more proportional and desirable size for the patient. With a breast reduction, patients can achieve improved self-esteem, comfort, and quality of life.

Am I a Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a great procedure for those who want to reduce the size of their breast to help reduce issues such as back pain and limited physical activity. A breast reduction may be right for you if you experience issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Daily back, shoulder, and neck pain.
  • Bra straps digging into your shoulders, forming deep grooves.
  • Issues with your posture.
  • Problems finding properly fitting clothes and bras.
  • Limitations with what physical activity you can do.
  • Feel that your breasts are extremely heavy.
  • Feel that your breasts are too big for your body.
  • Other issues include a tingling sensation caused by the downward pull of your breasts and issues breathing when lying on your back.

Ideal candidates for breast reduction typically meet the following criteria:

  • Is in good overall health.
  • Does not smoke cigarettes.
  • Is self-conscious of their breast size to the point that it affects their daily life.
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure and the outcome it can achieve.
  • Is limited in what they can do physically because of their breast size.
  • Ideal candidates should not be currently pregnant and should not plan to become pregnant after the procedure because pregnancy can significantly affect the results of the procedure.

Determining the Best Procedure for Your Goals

The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with your surgeon. They will perform an exam and discuss your goals with you to determine whether a breast reduction or breast lift would be best for you. Schedule your consultation today with Gaia Plastic Surgery to get started!

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