Breast lift and breast reduction surgery have different – though often overlapping – goals. Candidates for breast reduction and breast lift surgery typically both have excess skin that causes the breasts to hang low on the chest. The goal of a breast lift is to reposition the breasts on the chest wall for a more youthful look and relocate the nipples when necessary. In contrast, the main goal of breast reduction is to remove excess amounts of fat, skin, and breast tissue for a bustline that is in better balance, both cosmetically and physically, with the patient’s figure.
The techniques Dr. Kevin Cook may use for a breast lift (also called a mastopexy) or a breast reduction can bear many similarities. Depending upon which approach you and Dr. Cook choose for your breast reduction procedure, a lift is most often also achieved. With both the vertical breast reduction method or the wise pattern breast reduction method, patients can expect the breast position to be elevated along with a decrease in overall breast volume. While patients who opt for breast reduction with liposuction alone can achieve smaller, lighter breasts, no excess skin is removed, which greatly diminishes the possibility of a lifting effect. During the consultation process, we encourage you to carefully explain your personal goals with Dr. Cook to help ensure he recommends a breast reduction technique that is best suited for your needs.