Breast lifts and breast reductions are two procedures used to correct for breast ptosis (in laymen’s terms: sagging). Both are similar in that they remove tissue, but a breast reduction removes a much larger amount of tissue, including fatty tissues, and thus has a more dramatic impact on breast volume. This article takes a look at how the two procedures work.

Breast Surgery

Breast Lifts

Breast lifts are among the most common plastic surgeries. They are almost always done for aesthetic reasons. Breast ptosis, caused by childbirth, weight loss, or even just gravity and decreasing skin elasticity, affects all women. Many women want to reverse this process to regain firm, high, and shapely breasts. Luckily, this is fairly easy to do.

Breast lifts may be done with either an incision just around the areola, an incision around the areola and a vertical incision below the areola (lollipop incision), or an incision around the areola, a vertical incision and a horizontal incision under the breasts ( anchor incision). The decision on which approach to use depends on the quality of the patients skin and how much skin needs to be removed to aceive the desired amount of lift..

These incisions allow doctors to remove excess skin from the breasts and reposition the remaining tissue higher on the chest.. With the same volume filling slightly smaller containers, the breasts become high and pert. This also decreases the size of the areola.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction uses similar incisions to breast lifts. It similarly removes some excess areolar skin. In addition to the skin, however, it also uses liposuction some fatty and breast tissue. This decreases not only the size of the container, but also the volume inside. The total size of the breast will decrease, but it will be held more taut.

Breast reduction is often a more permanent solution for women with large breasts and ptosis. Since gravity is a major culprit in sagging, simply lifting very large breasts may not be enough to fully solve the problem.

Many also seek breast reduction to help treat back pain and other physical imbalances. By lightening the breasts, pressure is taken off the spine, giving a person less pain and more energy. In many cases, insurance or the Ontario government may cover breast reduction services.

Although this article is a good start, every woman is different. Consult with a plastic surgeon about the different options for breast adjustment.