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Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction

Mastopexy – colloquially referred to as “breast lift surgery” – is among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country.* In the professional opinion of Joseph DiBello, M.D., F.A.C.S., breast lift surgery is so sought-after because it can create a much more youthful-looking, perky, and supported breast aesthetic. This is especially true when the surgeon performing the procedure has years of experience in breast enhancement and a track record of natural-looking surgical results.

As is the case with many cosmetic procedures, breast lift surgery is frequently confused with other breast enhancement surgeries, such as breast reduction. In reality, mastopexy and breast reduction are very different – both in the ways they are performed and the results they can produce.

Put simply, while a breast reduction endeavors to decrease breast size*, a breast lift is meant to provide the breasts with a more “lifted” effect. A breast lift generally focuses on addressing ptosis (or “breast sag,”) which can occur as a result of age, gravity, and hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy or breastfeeding). During a breast lift surgery, Dr. DiBello can elevate drooping tissue, remove excess skin, and even alter the areolas to create a more refreshed appearance. The surgery can also include the placement of breast implants or the use of fat transfer to add volume as well as support. 

To learn more about the difference between these two breast procedures, schedule your consultation with Dr. DiBello.

Medical Resources*

Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Society of Plastic Surgeons 

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