Ask An Expert: Will I Need a Breast Lift When I Get a Breast Reduction?

Q: Will I Need a Breast Lift When I Get a Breast Reduction?

A: "This is one of the most common questions I get asked about regarding breast lift and breast reduction procedures," says San Diego plastic surgeon Joseph Grzeskiewicz, MD. "The true answer to the question is: Done properly, a breast lift is really 'built into' a breast reduction procedure."

Louisville, KY, plastic surgeon Nana Mizuguchi, MD, says breast reductions and breast lifts are very similar surgical procedures. Dr. Grzeskiewicz agrees. "All commonly used techniques for reduction of the breasts are really the same procedures used for lifting of the breasts as well. In other words, breast lift and breast reduction are just two points along the same 'curve' of breast modification surgery."

So, what's the real difference between the two? "If we are just removing skin and 'rearranging' breast tissues, we call it a breast lift, but if we are removing substantial amounts of breast tissue in addition to removing skin and rearranging the tissues, we call it a breast reduction," explains Dr. Grzeskiewicz.

According to Dr. Mizuguchi, perkiness is often best accomplished by an addition of an implant with breast lifts. "In a breast reduction, larger amount of breast tissue is removed. Perkiness is achieved by reshaping the remaining breast tissue."

While the inital goals of the procedures are different, Dr. Grzeskiewicz says the end goals of both breast lifts and breast reductions are pretty much the same: "Compact, full-shaped breasts of the desired volume with the breast mounds and nipples in a youthful and attractive position."



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