Contributing factors such as the natural aging process, gravity, body structure or childbirth can affect the breasts and often leave patients in a physically or emotionally uncomfortable state. Luckily for patients, breast lift (mastopexy) and breast reduction (mammaplasty) surgeries are among popular cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures that can address issues of excess fat, sagging and disproportion of breasts. Often, patients have a clear idea of the issues they want to address but are not sure which procedure best suits their needs. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman discusses the differences between breast lift and breast reduction surgery for patients looking to improve their overall quality of life.
It is no surprise that over time gravity takes its toll and our bodies gradually change in both shape and firmness, especially in the breasts, leaving patients to desire the youthful position they once had. Commonly seen after pregnancy, breast feeding or significant weight loss and gain, breasts are not able to return to their original position as skin loses its elasticity, resulting in sagging which can only be restored with a breast lift. A breast lift does not change the size of the breast, as its main objective is to reposition the nipples and breasts by removing excess stretched skin and tightening the remaining tissue to lift breasts for a more natural and proportionate aesthetic on the body. By combining both breast lift and breast augmentation procedures, Dr. Whiteman is able to address not only the position of the breast but also increase the overall size of the breasts in one combined procedure.
For patients who have large, pendulous breasts, physical symptoms may be a contributing factor for patients seeking a cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery procedure, more specifically a breast reduction. Overly large breasts can restrict physical daily activity among patients and even cause chronic back, neck or shoulder pain due to the excessive weight the breasts add to the body. As Dr. Whiteman previously discussed in his breast reduction blog, breast reduction surgery provides the appropriate physical and mental relief patients desire whether because they are self-conscious by the size of their breasts or simply tired of experiencing physical discomfort. During a breast reduction, excess fat and tissue is removed and the breasts are then contoured into a new size and shape, in a more proportionate manner to the body. Patients can also opt for a breast lift procedure to reposition breasts after a breast reduction for overall rejuvenation.
If you are interested in learning more about breast lift, reduction or other cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures offered by Dr. Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery, please call us today at 770-622-9100 to schedule your consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for all the latest plastic surgery news and updates.