Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift, Which One is Right for Me?

Some people consider large breasts a gift, but many who have them know they’re more like a curse. If you have large or sagging breasts, you may have wondered whether you need a breast reduction or a breast lift. Dr. Brenman will determine whether one or both of these procedures are right for you. 

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Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift, Which One is Right for Me? Your breast size, shape, and position will determine which procedure can provide the best results. In many cases, a breast reduction will include a breast lift. One of the first questions to ask yourself is what bothers you the most about your breasts. 

Breast Lift

If you feel happy with the general size of your breasts but unhappy with sagging, loose skin, you might need a breast lift. This procedure will remove excess skin to give you a firmer, rounder breast that sits in a lifted position on your chest. It will also resize and relocate the areola and nipple if needed, so they maintain their correct position on the breasts. Your results will look more shapely and youthful. 

Breast Reduction

If you are bothered by breasts that feel too large, you may need a breast reduction. A breast reduction will remove excess fat and breast tissue to reduce the size of your breasts. By itself, though, it will not lift the breasts. Because large breasts tend to sag due to the effects of gravity, a breast reduction may include a breast lift. A breast reduction may also correct the size and position of the areola since the breast will change in shape.

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What is Recovery Like From a Breast Reduction or Breast Lift?

After surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night. You will need to rest for several days before resuming light daily activities. If your job involves minimal physical activity, you can often return to work after about a week. You will have a surgical bra to support and protect your breasts while they heal, and Dr. Brenman will recommend that you wear this for several weeks. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction or Breast Lift?

If you have large breasts or breasts that sag, you might be a good candidate for one of these procedures. If large breasts have caused you back pain or other physical problems, breast reduction can make a dramatic difference. Candidates for a breast lift or breast reduction should have no significant health problems that would affect surgery or healing. Reasonable expectations will be discussed before surgery.
This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about breast reduction or breast lifts? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Brenman at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180, and our staff will gladly offer you a convenient appointment in the near future.

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