Breast Reduction vs. Breast Lift
First off, we need to define each of these procedures.
In fact, some women think that you can’t get a breast reduction surgery without combining it with a breast lift.
Others don’t even know the difference between these two procedures.
Learn about the difference between breast reduction vs. lift
You need to get a breast reduction with lift if you have significant breast sagging after breast tissue removal. This should be discussed during your consultation to provide realistic expectations.
A breast reduction reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, skin, and fat. It is often done on patients who find suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain due to the heaviness of their breasts.
Meanwhile, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue, resulting in perkier and more youthful-looking breasts.
Keep in mind that a breast lift does not make your breasts smaller, while a breast reduction won’t raise your sagging breasts.
How to Perform a Breast Reduction with Lift
Before the surgery, your anesthesiologist will put you under general anesthesia as breast reduction and lift are two major surgeries.
Your plastic surgeon will make an incision depending on the extent of breast reduction and lift needed. The incision may be periareolar, anchor, or keyhole.
Through these incisions, your plastic surgeon lifts, reshapes, and sutures your breast tissue to improve contour. Excess skin and tissue are also removed, producing a smaller breast.
For some patients, liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat from the sides of the breasts. Your nipple and areola are also repositioned to a higher location.
How Much does Breast Reduction and Lift Cost?
According to the 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average breast reduction and lift cost in the United States are $5,631 and $4,636, respectively. You can usually get a discounted price if you do them together, but the final cost depends on various factors like location, breast size, and plastic surgeon.
But the good news is, it’s possible for breast reduction to be covered by insurance as long as it is deemed medically necessary. It is best to clarify it with your insurance company before the surgery.
To make insurance application easier, make sure that you provide documentary proof of why you need to get a breast reduction with lift, such as photos of bra strap marks digging into the skin and medical records of back and shoulder pain consultations due to heavy breasts. Coordinate these with your plastic surgeon.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Breast reduction recovery?
Breast reduction recovery takes around 4-6 weeks. Although you can resume light activities and go back to work within a week, you can only resume doing exercises at 4-6 weeks post-surgery. If all goes well and no complications arise, you should be able to go back to your normal activities by week six.
Teen breast reduction?
Teen breast reduction is acceptable for those with macromastia or overly large breasts. However, plastic surgeons recommend that young women should wait until their breasts are fully developed before getting breast reduction surgery so that the benefits of the procedure will not be reversed by a growth spurt later on.
Breast reduction side effects?
Breast reduction carries its own share of risks. Some of the common breast reduction surgery side effects include:
- Thick scarring
- Unevenly shaped breasts and nipples
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Wound healing problems
- Hematoma or seroma
- Lumpy breasts or fat necrosis
- Breastfeeding difficulties
Breast reduction pain?
It is normal to experience breast reduction pain and soreness after surgery. Immediately after the operation, you’ll be given narcotic pain relievers to help manage your pain. You will then be switched to over-the-counter, non-narcotic pain meds about seven to 10 days post-op. For prolonged pain, make sure that you consult your plastic surgeon.
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