Big Drooping Breasts? Do I need a Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Lift & Implants or a Breast Reduction with a Lift?
When it comes to breast surgery, the variety of procedures can be quite confusing. How do you know if Breast Lift surgery is the right surgery for you? When do you need Breast Reduction surgery? Or, do you need Breast Reduction surgery and Breast Lift at the same time?
In this blog, we’ll explain which breast surgery might be the right choice for you!
All breasts are different, and as a result, a customised individual approach from a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to ensure that you get the right result.
Are Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Surgery the same procedure?
A lot of patients have a misconception about Breast Lift and Breast Reductions. This can cause confusion when patients are told that the procedure they thought was right for them is not really the one they need. This is why it’s important to understand the difference between the two procedures. If you understand what each procedure entails you will be able to get a better idea of which procedure is right for you.
A Breast Lift is a procedure that gives the breasts a new look, firmness, and position. Patients that get a breast lift generally have lowered or ptotic breasts due to the loss of skin elasticity. If you want to relocate your breasts higher but are happy with the volume you have. A Breast Lift may be suitable.
Breast Lift With Implants
A breast lift can also be combined with the insertion of breast implants in order to increase volume as well as lifting the breasts. This would be called a breast lift with implants. You’ll get a lift with extra upper pole volume or perkiness.
On the other hand, Breast Reduction surgery removes excess tissue and fat in the breast. Such breasts are characterized by a nipple in a lowered position, a larger areola, and generally a larger mass. You’ll have a breast reduction to reduce your breast volume and cup size.
Thus, it is clear that different procedures are intended for breasts that have similar characteristics but are distinguished by obvious essential differences – Volume!
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So, who are Breast Lifts and Breast Reductions for?
Breast Lift Surgery can help you achieve the look you want if your breasts have lost; their location, shape, and firmness due to; pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes in body weight, hereditary characteristics, and natural ageing. Such breasts are usually saggy or droopy and cause reduced satisfaction as well as decreased self-confidence.
On the other hand, Breast Reduction is a procedure that can help you if your breasts are physically and/or aesthetically very large, unpleasing and/or painful.
Breasts weigh about 250 grams on average but can reach a weight of over one kilogram in some cases. This can cause many health problems and functional difficulties in some women. Some women suffer from special medical conditions like Breast hypertrophy, which includes Macromastia and Gigantomastia. Excessively large breasts like these generally have a lower profile due to the excess fat and tissue. This in turn causes the breasts to feel heavy and full all the time.
Benefits of Breast Surgery – Lift or Reduction
As one of the most pronounced features of femininity, the breasts can be a huge contributing factor in defining how we feel about ourselves. Just as small breasts can be a psychological burden, so can large, droopy, and sagging breasts.
We are talking about dissatisfaction with one’s own appearance, and about reduced self-confidence that can affect people not only personally and professionally, but physically and emotionally as well.
Breast Reduction and Lift surgery are procedures that can help you achieve younger, healthier, more beautifully shaped and firmer breasts. Both surgeries can help patients feel lighter, more confident, thanks to the removal of the physical difficulties large breasts can cause.
How common are Breast Lift and Breast Reduction?
Breast surgeries are the most common and most popular procedures in cosmetic plastic surgery. More patients than ever are opting for a Breast Lift and/or Breast Reduction surgery, making these procedures more popular than ever before.
Is it possible to undergo Breast Lift and Breast Reduction at the same time?
A breast lift is lifting the current breasts whilst keeping the size. So a lift does NOT include a reduction.
Whilst a breast reduction removes volume and mass it does include aspects of a lift as part of the surgery. So a reduction includes a lift but a lift does not always include a reduction.
If you’re not sure what you want or need, a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will help
What happens to my nipples during Breast Lift or Breast Reduction?
The appearance, size, and position of the nipples can largely define the appearance of your breasts. Uneven nipples, a large areola (the area around the nipples), and an unusual position can disrupt the balance and harmonious breast appearance that many people aspire to have and find attractive.
Both a breast lift and a reduction can alter the shape and location of your nipples. Furthermore, the size of your nipples can also be further reduced during the procedure to achieve a more proportional appearance.
Can you have surgery without removing nipples?
We very very rarely remove or transplant nipples – we simply “unplug” them from the outer skin. In other words, they remain attached to the blood supply or pedicle. This significantly decreases the risk of necrosis and nipple loss. In some countries, they remove them completely and then reposition them. Most plastic surgeons are reluctant to do that.
Do you lose weight after a Breast Reduction and Breast Lift?
People with large breasts often suffer from neck and back pain. They often also have difficulty moving and playing sports, on top of all this, some people also experience skin inflammation and irritation under the breasts as well. Due to the large breast size, the cervical and thoracic spine can suffer. You can do irreversible damage to your health. Such big breasts represent not only an aesthetic problem but also a functional one.
By removing large portions of excess breast tissue, excess fat, and skin, there will be weight loss but usually only in grams. You can lose over a Kilogram per breast in very large breast reduction surgeries.
Breast lift surgery is often associated with patients who went through a massive weight loss, however, the surgery itself has no significant effect on body weight. Just relocating and tightening skin.
How painful is Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Surgery?
During the procedure itself, you will be given the appropriate anaesthesia. This means you will not feel any pain or discomfort during surgery. Furthermore, a lot of patients do not remember the first hours of recovery, they usually remain foggy.
During recovery, and especially in the first week of healing, mild to moderate pain is to be expected. However, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will give you a prescription for proper medication, to manage any post-surgery discomfort.
How long does it take to recover from a Breast Reduction and Breast Lift?
Like any invasive surgery, Breast Lift and Breast Reduction require a serious approach to recovery as well as patience in order to avoid unwanted risks and complications, achieve optimal results, and also shorten the recovery time.
The length of recovery depends on several factors, among which the most important is the extensiveness of the procedure, the ability of your body to recover quickly, and how you follow instructions you receive from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Most patients are absent from work or school for 2 weeks after surgery. During this time, you will have additional consultations so that your specialist surgeon and/or nurses can monitor the progress of your recovery and healing.
It takes a little more time for a full recovery and final results. The length of complete recovery varies due to the factors previously mentioned, however, generally, recovery takes between 8 and 12 weeks.
Should you lose weight before a Breast Reduction and lift?
It is generally recommended that patients who opt for Breast Reduction and Breast Lift have a stable bodyweight that is not at a level that could compromise their health or the procedure itself. In order to achieve better results and a harmonious appearance between your breasts and the rest of the body, it is optimal for your body weight to be within normal limits before the procedure.
Within 8kg of your ideal weight is usually what we recommend. We want to ensure a good long-standing result – weight loss and weight gain can change this for any patient. We cannot guarantee how they will look if you put on or lose a significant amount of weight.
How Much is Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Surgery?
Plastic surgery procedures are very individualized and each patient requires a different approach.
To get a defined price, you will need to have a consultation. The consult allows our plastic surgeon to check your health, listen to your needs, wishes, and expectations and give you a quote of the cost.
Who is the Best Breast Reduction Surgeon in Melbourne?
The best surgeons for Breast Reduction and Breast Lift are first and foremost empathetic. They understand your fear, indecision, and therefore approach you kindly and full of understanding. A Top Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Specialist Surgeon will answer all the questions you might have and help you deal with stress at any and all stages of your journey.
There are breast surgery risks and complications but your plastic surgeon will do everything in their power to keep this as minimal as possible.
They will create a collaborative preoperative, operative, and postoperative plan, so that your recovery is as successful, quick, and as comfortable as possible. Furthermore, we strive to give you the results that you imagine.
Learn more about the Breast Lift and Breast Reduction procedures.
If you want to know more about these procedures, we have prepared complete guides for you in which you can learn more about the risks, complications, benefits, and characteristics of a good candidate for this type of surgery.
For all further questions about the consultation, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer you as soon as possible!
Next Steps – Consultation with Dr Patrick Briggs
The first factor is fear. Each invasive procedure comes with certain risks such as infections, dissatisfaction with results, scarring, bleeding, bruising, swelling, and pain.
Another factor is indecision. Patients often weigh the risks and benefits that plastic surgery can provide.
The third factor is insufficient information. The internet is full of contradictory information about plastic surgery
Start with a Consultation and always see a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
With worldwide expertise, Dr Patrick Briggs is practising breast, face and body surgery for men and women in Melbourne, VIC.
Next Steps to find a top Plastic Surgeon
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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgery Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
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- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential.
- To claim any medicare benefits or Health Insurance for reconstructive plastic surgery you will need a referral.
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*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.