Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift


It is common for women to wonder whether they need a breast reduction or a breast lift to achieve the elevated bustline and enhanced breast contours they desire. The most notable difference between breast reduction and breast lift surgery is the primary reason each procedure is performed. While breast reductions are fundamentally motivated by a desire to relieve medical symptoms caused by overly large breasts, breast lift procedures are more focused on achieving cosmetic improvement of the breasts. Both types of breast surgery involve lifting and reshaping the breasts; however, breast reduction aims to significantly reduce both the weight and size of breasts during this process.

If your breasts cause pain, limited mobility, and other serious medical conditions, it is possible that you may qualify for a “medically necessary” breast reduction. In cases like these, medical insurance may be willing to cover a portion or even the full cost of your surgery.

To determine the procedure that is most appropriate for addressing your unique physical needs and cosmetic objectives, I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing both breast lift and breast reduction procedures. During your consultation, a thorough examination of the breasts and discussion of your cosmetic and physical concerns can reveal the most beneficial surgical strategy for achieving your goals.

– Dr. Tiffany McCormack

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