Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift: Which is the Better Option for You?

Is a breast reduction the same as a lift? Our Toronto-based practice knows that patients are often unsure about which type of breast surgery will be the best option for them. Both a breast lift and breast reduction can be great options for women who want to enhance the shape of their breasts. Many patients are unsure about which of these surgeries is best suited for them. The best choice of surgery for you will depend upon what your personal goals and expectations are. Here’s what you should know about the differences and similarities between these procedures to help you decide which technique would be the right one for you or whether a combination of the two would be best.

  • Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed to make breasts smaller. It can significantly reduce the volume and excess weight from the breasts. Excess skin, fat, and tissues are removed as a way of decreasing the size of the breasts. Large breasts are more than just a cosmetic issue. Patients often choose to have breast reduction surgery if they are struggling with physical activity limitations, discomfort in the neck or back, poor posture, difficulty breathing or sleeping, chronic skin rashes, and difficulties with finding clothing or proper support.

  • Breast Lift

A breast lift or mastopexy surgery is intended for women who want to address sagging breasts. It involves reshaping and supporting the breasts as a way of sculpting a more youthful, perkier silhouette by repositioning them. Breast lift surgery is focused upon the shape of the breasts and – enhancing their overall appearance rather than changing their volume. Unlike breast reduction, only excess skin is removed but not actual breast tissue. If you are self-conscious about sagging breasts due to aging, weight fluctuations or pregnancy, have flattened or drooping breasts, have uneven breasts, or have stretched out skin then you may be an ideal candidate.

Is a breast reduction the same as a lift? Our Toronto-based practice of Dr. Wayne Carman can explain more about how each of these procedures work. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or submit a contact form online to request a consultation if you would like to find out more about breast reduction surgery.

Written by Wayne Carman

Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.