Do I Need a Breast Lift or a Breast Reduction?

Posted on December 28, 2015 by: Dr. Rocheford

Rocheford-ImageYour breasts can play a pivotal role in how you feel about your appearance – especially once you take your bra off.  If you’re feeling disappointed in how they look – or they’re actually causing you physical pain – you might be considering a breast lift or breast reduction.

Whether you’re growing older, recently had a baby, or are just unhappy with the general appearance of your breasts, a breast lift or breast reduction can help you achieve your desired results.  But before you can undergo one of these procedures, it’s vital to understand the difference between the two – and how to tell which procedure is right for you.

Many women experience saggy breast tissue as they age or go through a pregnancy. However, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether a breast lift or reduction is best for you.

Signs You Might Need a Breast Lift

For women with sagging breasts, a breast lift is the best option to correct this drooping.  A breast lift is a procedure that’s meant to make breasts look perkier; it can also be combined with augmentation for a more shapely appearance.

So how do you know if you need a breast lift?  Take a look at these signs:

  • You’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts whenever you take off your bra
  • You’ve recently breastfed or have lost weight, and your breasts are sagging
  • You’re getting older, which is causing your breasts to droop

If any of the above sound familiar, a breast lift can help correct these aesthetic issues.  The procedure won’t make your breasts smaller, but it will lift them up. However, if you wanted to go bigger a lift can be combined with an augmentation.

Signs You Might Need a Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is exactly that – a procedure that’s used to reduce the size of the breasts.  During this surgical treatment, excessive breast tissue is removed, and the remaining breasts are lifted and reshaped for a natural-looking result.  You may need a breast reduction if you’ve encountered the following:

  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain from your breasts
  • Rashes underneath your breasts
  • You feel like your breasts are far too large

Interested in learning more about these two procedures?  Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN today.  Rocheford Plastic Surgery serves the greater St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota areas. Call 651-739-1100 to learn more.Breast LifMinneapoli