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Breast Reduction vs Breast Uplift

If you would like to reduce your breast size, or are hoping to reposition or reshape your breasts without using implants, you may have considered Breast Reduction or Breast Lift procedures.

Breast uplifts and breast reduction surgeries have several commonalities. For example, both can incorporate the ‘anchor’ incision technique. This involves an incision around the areola (nipple), and running from the bottom part of your areola, to the inflammatory fold (the fold under your breast). Women undergoing both procedures often feedback they feel much lighter post-procedure, and their posture has improved. Also, both surgeries are able to achieve highly effective outcomes of rejuvenated breasts.

Despite this, the procedures certainly also have significant differences, and the procedure you should choose generally depends on what you want to achieve.

The Private Clinic, leading the industry for breast surgery procedures, offering world-class top breast surgeons, discuss what both breast reduction and breast uplift procedures are exactly, and provide advice on determining if each procedure is for you.

What is a breast reduction?

A very common procedure for patients suffering physically, and or mentally, from large, heavy breasts, or sagging, oversized breasts, breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess tissue, fat and skin from the area.

Aimed at reducing the overall weight and volume of your breasts, a breast reduction operation achieves smaller breasts that are in proportion with your body.

Is breast reduction for me?

When it comes to deciding whether a breast reduction is appropriate for you, you should ask yourself the following:

  • Are my breasts creating pain in my back, shoulder, or neck?
  • Are my breasts restricting my physical activity?
  • Am I experiencing irritation under my breasts?
  • Am I unhappy with having oversized breasts?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, a breast reduction may be suitable for you.

What is a breast uplift procedure?

A breast uplift, or mastopexy operation, is a procedure typically used to lift and correct sagging or empty breasts, but can also be carried out to correct tuberous breasts, breast asymmetry and your nipples position.  

The procedure will not alter your breasts volume, as the breast skin tissue is discarded, rather than the breast fat. However, they could appear to be smaller post procedure, as a result of the change in position.

The end result of breast uplift surgery should be a corrected positioning of your breasts, with a perkier and firmer appearance.

Is a breast uplift for me?

When it comes to deliberating whether a breast uplift is suitable for you, you should think about the following questions:

  • Do my areolas (nipples) point downwards?
  • Are my breasts long in shape?
  • Do my nipples drop below my breast crease?
  • Does one of my breasts droop further than the other?

If you are answering ‘yes’ to a minimum of one of these questions, a breast lift may be appropriate for you.

Ultimately, the best way to understand the best type of surgery for you, however, is to arrange a surgeon consultation. You will be able to share your concerns and end goals, and after careful assessment, your surgeon can determine if you are eligible for a breast reduction procedure or breast uplift.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic present an elite team of highly skilled and acclaimed breast augmentation, uplift and reduction specialists, with outstanding reputations in the industry and decades of experience. The cosmetic group prides itself on delivering honest, transparent advice and information at every stage, and offering  unparalleled patient care, aftercare, and support. Find out more about breast reduction and breast uplift surgery, on The Private Clinic’s website, and to arrange a consultation with an expert breast surgery specialist, please call 0333 920 9135 or request a breast reduction or breast uplift consultation online. Surgeon consultations for each  procedure are available at The Private Clinic in Harley Street London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Buckinghamshire, Chelmsford, Essex and Northampton.

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