Better Look and Better Comfort: The Promise of Breast Reduction and Lift
- 12 December 2018
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Large breasts can cause several health issues, such as neck pain and posture problems. So, while there are women who dream of having fuller breasts, there are also those who would gladly reduce theirs to finally ease their discomfort. Thankfully, this is achievable through a combination of breast reduction and lift.
Undergoing breast reduction and breast lift at the same time can help women achieve smaller but perkier breasts. They don’t only result in improved appearance, but also better comfort.
This gives women a promising option especially those who suffer chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain due to the heaviness of their breasts. It also gives hope to women who cannot maintain an active lifestyle because the weight of their breasts hampers them.
Learn more about this sought-after cosmetic tandem as you continue reading this article.
What does each breast procedure do?
Breast reduction and lift surgeries are two procedures that work well together but achieve different goals.
If you are after a big curb in the size and weight of your breasts, breast reduction is ideal for you. It removes breast tissues, fats, and skin to relieve you of the discomfort of large, heavy breasts.
Reducing your breast size can also make your body more proportional. Even men undergo breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery to reduce the size of their abnormally large breasts.
On the other hand, perkier and younger-looking breasts are the best-known benefit of a breast lift.
The procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues to reshape and support your new breast contours. It gets rid of your breasts’ loose, saggy appearance and makes them look firmer.
You can get breast reduction and lift separately but doing them in tandem is sometimes the only way to achieve your goal of getting smaller but youthful-looking breasts. Some surgeons also include liposuction in the mix for best results.
When should you get a breast reduction and lift?
Like any cosmetic surgery, breast reduction and lift are not for everyone. So, what makes a good candidate for breast reduction with lift?
First, you should be physically and mentally healthy, with realistic expectations about the procedure. It’s important that you discuss your goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon to make sure that you have similar expected results. Otherwise, you might not end up satisfied with the outcome.
You also shouldn’t be breastfeeding now or anytime soon as the procedure can affect your ability to produce milk. In fact, you should always inform your surgeon if you plan on having a child, regardless of which plastic surgery you’re getting.
You should also be ready for any risks and complications during and after surgery. A good surgeon should explain all these to you, so be sure to get a credible and highly reputable one.
Surgeons normally test patients using mammogram before any breast procedure. It's important that you also be very honest with your surgeon, especially if you have any physical or mental condition that might affect your recovery.
How is a breast reduction with breast lift done?
First, your plastic surgeon subjects you to tests and gets your body measurements before the procedure. Depending on the results, your surgeon will discuss with you the realistic targets that you can aim for in the breast reduction and lift.
After administering general anesthesia, your surgeon creates incisions using either the short-scar or large-scar technique for breast reduction. He then removes the excess tissues, fats, and skin in your breasts, followed by reshaping and contouring through a breast lift. He might also need to reposition your nipples and areolas higher up on your breasts.
Finally, your surgeon re-drapes your skin and stretches it taut, then closes the incisions.
What kind of results should you expect from this combination?
Combining breast reduction with breast lift achieves better results than what either of them can achieve alone.
After the first few weeks, expect your breasts to be swollen. But you’ll experience instant relief from the body pain associated with heavy breasts. No more back, shoulder, and neck pain for you.
As time goes by, you’ll notice that your breasts are adjusting to their new shape and contour. You’ll see the final results within six months to one year post-op once all the swelling has subsided. You can now enjoy perkier breasts that are proportionate to your body.
As for the scars, they would initially appear red and lumpy. But they will eventually soften into thin white lines within a year or two. Don’t worry because you can hide these scars under your underwear and bathing suits.
With these changes, it is safe to say that you can expect big improvements in the overall look of your breasts.
Interested in the promise of improved appearance and better comfort through breast reduction and lift? Schedule a Free Consultation with one of our double board-certified plastic surgeons here in Face+Body Cosmetic Surgery. We’ll discuss the procedure in more detail to help you decide whether it’s right for you.