Breast Reduction and Breast Lift
A breast lift and breast augmentation are very different surgeries and both of these might be needed to achieve your desired outcome. A decision on whether to have one or both of these procedures done, depends on several things: the volume and size of the breasts, the position of the breast, and if the appearance of the breasts is of concern to you. Some women like to have a breast lift merely to raise the breast higher up the chest.
You may benefit from having a breast reduction (also known as Mammaplasty). Breast reduction is a surgical procedure which is used to take away any excess skin, tissue and fat from the breasts. This is a popular choice for those with large breasts so a breast size more in proportion to the body can be achieved and managed better in daily life..
Even if you’re unsure which procedure you would like to have, a surgeon can help you decide. Each patient has a unique set of circumstances. These are two popular cosmetic surgery procedures often requested and regularly combined by our surgeons.
Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: What You Need to Know
We will reduce the amount of breast tissue as required to create a better shape and size for you. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts so a breast lift will definitely help.
Breast implants inserted with a lift can increase both their firmness and their size. We provide extensive consultations along with a full examination by a consultant surgeon. We will determine what will be the best course of action to make sure the best outcome is achieved.
To see if you are suitable to have a breast lift you can carry out a pencil test. You will see signs of breasts drooping if you place a pencil as high as you can under the breast fold, and the pencil stay there in that position. If you notice that your nipple falls below the pencil, then you have what is called ptosis, so even before you have a consultation with a surgeon you will know that you are suited to having a breast lift.
There are three types of breast lift:
- Vertical breast reduction
- Inverted-T incisions.
The inverted-T incision is more commonly used. This allows for the maximum breast lift and follows the same path as the periareolar and vertical breast incision. Plus there is also an incision in the breast fold.
The periareolar incision follows the patient’s natural areolar shape is usually best for someone who has large areolas and minimal breast drooping.
The vertical breast reduction incision follows the same path as the periareolar around the areola but also continues directly down from the areola. Greater lift for moderate drooping will be achieved this way.
Is breast reduction surgery right for you?
Each patient is different with their own specific needs. Overly large breasts can cause a lot of discomfort causing back neck and shoulder pain along with indentations in the shoulders caused by bra straps. This and sagging breasts can bring self-consciousness so having a breast reduction can restore proportion and will help improve long term physical health and self confidence. We will help you to look AND feel better.
Breast reduction surgery is intended for women with large breasts who want to resolve the following problems:
- Restricted activity
- Poor body image
- Difficulty fitting into bras and other clothing
- Chronic pain in the neck, back and shoulders
- Chronic skin irritation or rashes underneath the breasts
- Nerve pain
Breast reduction surgery generally isn’t recommended if: you smoke, if you’re obese, if you don’t want to have scars on your breasts, and if you have health conditions such as heart and diabetes issues.
Reasons to have a Breast Lift
- You want a more youthful sexy breast shape
- Get rid of skin irritation on the upper body and/or under the arms
- Feel more comfortable in clothes
- Look good if you decide to go topless
- Take part in more physical activities
- No more painful heavy sagging breasts
Reasons to have a Breast Reduction
- Pain relief
- Take part in more physical activities
- Clothes fit better
- Have a more youthful appearance
- Improved self confidence and self esteem
- Reduce neck / back pain
Our experienced Transpire consultant surgeons are GMC (General Medical Council) registered and we will discuss every suitable option with you during your consultations.
Your treatment plan before and after surgery will be tailor made to specific requirements. Everything and all decisions we make will depend on the surgeon’s directions, your physicality and your personal goals. Recommendations will be based on experience and professionalism. We will help you and we will advise the best possible ways forward – we have years of experience so there’s no need to worry. We provide personal one to one guidance before during and after surgery.
The results of your breast lift or your breast reduction procedure will be seen. Swelling and some bruising is natural and will occur for a certain time, which is to be expected. Our surgeons will provide you with specific recovery instructions detailing how to take strict care of your breasts while you are healing and ongoing.
As you recover, you will also have follow up consultations to check on the progress. As with all types of surgery there will be a recovery period. You will see a distinct improvement to your breasts and you will enjoy the many benefits associated with an improved more aesthetic look as well as to your self confidence.
Our experienced Transpire Consultant Surgeons will discuss every suitable option with you during your consultations.
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- Recovery period
- 10-30 days