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Why Plastic Surgeons Often Combine a Breast Reduction With A Breast Lift

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Why Plastic Surgeons Often Combine a Breast Reduction With A Breast Lift

If you are dissatisfied with the look of your breasts, you have options to change them. If you feel your breasts are too large, you may want to consider a breast reduction. If you are content with the size of your breasts but feel they are too droopy, or that your nipples are positioned in a way you don’t like, you may want to consider a breast lift.

Both procedures are effective to help you achieve the look and feel you want. But in some cases the most ideal results will be achieved through a surgical solution that involves both a breast lift and a breast reduction.

The Difference Between A Breast Lift And A Breast Reduction And Why Plastic Surgeons Combine Them

Breast lifts and breast reductions are two different procedures but plastic surgeons will often use a combined procedure to help women achieve the results they want to improve the shape, restore lift, and regain a more natural proportions.

What Is A Breast Lift? A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgery that changes the shape of the breast and repositions the nipple nipple complex. It often involves removal of breast tissue to alter the shape or firmness of the breast. Some women may seek a breast lift if they experience sagging breasts, due to age, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or weight changes. A breast lift will typically make the breasts perkier, firmer, and more youthful, changing where they sit on the chest and the direction of the nipple. This procedure will often reduce the size of breasts.

What Is Breast Reduction? Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to improve the shape and natural proportions of the breasts. Some women choose breast reduction for cosmetic reasons while others may choose it to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with larger breast size. The main purpose of a breast reduction is to reduce the size of the breast.

Why Might You Get Both Together? A breast reduction almost always involves a breast lift, as the nipple needs repositioning after surgery and excess skin often has to be removed when the breast size is reduced. The lift portion of the surgery may also be performed to help alleviate back and neck pain, as a breast lift helps redistribute weight on the chest. The most ideal surgical solution for you is dependent on your body type, the current size and shape of your breasts, and your goals for breast surgery. Your plastic surgeon can help you decide which procedure or combination is best for you.

Okanagan Breast Surgery: Kelowna’s Choice

When considering which procedure or combination of procedures is right for you, consult with a plastic surgeon. As an expert in his field, Dr. Brian Peterson is Kelowna’s choice plastic surgeon delivering skilled and optimal results for all patients. Dr. Peterson can help you decide what is right for you and the professional and knowledgeable staff at Peterson MD will answer any questions you have. For exceptional cosmetic and plastic surgery outcomes, call Peterson MD, Kelowna, at 1-250-868-9099, or fill out the contact form. Let Peterson MD help you explore your options for breast surgery to achieve your goals for firmer and more shapely breasts.


Q: What is the timeline for healing from breast reduction surgery?
A: Days 1-4 you will need help from someone to get home and go to the washroom. Week 1 you will begin to feel your energy come back and can get around more easily. Weeks 2-6 will be needed for a full recovery to lift your arms high and be able to lift heavier objects.

Q: How do I know if I should get a breast lift with my breast reduction?
A: The best way to know which procedure is right for you is by discussing what you want with Dr. Peterson and getting his expert opinion. Schedule a free consultation with Peterson MD by calling 1-205-868-9099, or by filling out the contact form.

Q: How substantial are regular breast reductions?
A: Most breast reductions result in a size decrease of one to two cup sizes. However, breast reductions can result in a decrease as little as half a cup size or as significant as your body will allow. Speak to your plastic surgeon about your exact goals for your procedure.

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