If you are considering a breast reduction and lift to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence, you are in excellent company.
Statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that 445,000 cosmetic breast-related procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2013, representing nearly 27% of all 1,668,000 cosmetic procedures.
Breast reduction surgery, or “reduction mammaplasty,” involves the removal of fat, tissue and skin from the breasts, and reduces and reshapes the breasts to better fit your body contour.
The procedure has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in all of plastic surgery because patients are able to enjoy relief from chronic back and neck pain, bra-strap grooving, rashes and skin irritation, and embarrassment.
Do You Need a Breast Reduction and a Lift?
Most women are confused about how much lifting the breast reduction procedure will accomplish and whether they will have to undergo two separate procedures.
- A breast reduction reduces the size of the breast and lifts and reshapes it. If your breasts are large and need a substantial amount of skin and tissue removed, the reduction and lift are always performed together to resize and reshape the breasts and reposition the areola to the correct height, all at one time.
- A breast lift has very little impact on the size of the breast. Instead, it is designed primarily to improve the shape of the breast and lift it to a higher position on the chest wall. If your concern is sagging breasts but you are happy with their size, a breast lift may be the best solution for you.
Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon and find out what can realistically be achieved from breast reduction surgery.
Will There Be Visible Breast Reduction Scars?
Breast reduction scars can be common; however, there are a variety of different incisions qualified plastic surgeons may use to minimize this. In some cases, it may be possible to avoid the vertical incision that runs from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease or the horizontal incision underneath the breast.
The size and shape of your breasts and the amount of reduction are the main factors that will help your plastic surgeon determine the best technique for you. The most important aspect will be for the surgeon to have adequate access to the breast tissue via the incisions in order to achieve the best results.
Most women are so pleased with their improved comfort and appearance after surgery that the scars are insignificant because they can be minimized with proper post operative care, are easily hidden with clothing, and will fade over time.
During your consultation, ask your surgeon to see Before & After photos of previous patients before you make your decision about breast reduction surgery.
It’s important to decide for yourself if some minor scarring is completely unacceptable, or if you can put up with it for the sake of a beautiful breasts and better body contour.
Riverchase Rejuvenation Center is a comprehensive center in Southwest Florida that specializes in an all-inclusive approach to body rejuvenation in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.
Our board certified aesthetic plastic surgeons, Dr. W.G. Eshbaugh, Jr. and Dr. Robert Chami, are skilled in all types of breast procedures and will ensure that your breast reduction and lift result in beautiful, natural looking breasts.