The Benefits of Combining Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Surgeries
If you ask Hollywood, when it comes to breasts the bigger they are the better, but most of us can see right through the outdated beliefs of what a person’s body should look like. And for some people, large breasts can lead to a slew of frustrations both physically and aesthetically. When this happens, many patients look toward a breast reduction procedure to give them the shape and size chest that works best with their lifestyle. Breast reduction surgeries are often accompanied with a breast lift or breast implants to finalize the perfect end result.
Breast reduction and lift surgery is a two-part procedure performed in one surgery where excess fat and tissue are removed before raising the position of the breasts. It’s possible to get the procedures individually, but they’re often combined if the breasts droop or sag significantly due to their original size. The size and position of the areolas and nipples may also be surgically altered to create the most proportional look possible.
Similar to breast implant surgery, though breast reductions are performed under general anesthesia, it’s noninvasive enough to be done on an outpatient basis. However, it’s still a major procedure; the doctor will remove fat and glandular tissue then tighten the skin around the new contour. Dr. Barrett is one of the few Los Angeles breast reduction specialists who uses a vertical incision (lollipop pattern) technique instead of the anchor scar pattern, which reduces the amount of noticeable scarring.
After the surgery, patients often feel an immediate change — large breasts can cause pain or discomfort in the neck, back, and shoulders so once the excess weight is lifted, the difference is obvious.
Other benefits of breast reduction surgery are:
- Improved posture
- Improved breast shape and contour
- Clothes fit better
- Reduced sagging
- More symmetrical
A breast lift is not always automatically apart of a breast reduction, but combining the surgery is typically recommended to achieve the best results. Once the extra tissue and fat is removed, the sagging of the breasts is amplified, so many patients want to adjust the positioning.
Benefits of combining a breast reduction and a lift:
- Perkier and more youthful shape
- Erases signs of sagging
- More proportionate positioning
- Saves time and money by doing it all in one procedure
Like any other surgical procedure, there are risks that come with a breast reduction/lift. Your surgeon will go over what could happen and what to expect from the surgery. Some risks include:
- Challenges with breast feeding post-surgery
- Permanent or temporary damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Fat necrosis
- Unfavorable scarring
Outside of improving the look of the breasts, a reduction surgery can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life. The weight of large breasts often leads not only to neck, back, or shoulder problems, but skin irritation from friction. People with large breasts also experience skin indentations from bra straps, possible breathing problems from heaviness on the chest walls, and even numbness is the breasts, arms, or fingers, due to the compression of the nerves. Plus, migraine headaches have recently been correlated to larger breast sizes. All of this can make physical activity challenging. Dealing with any of these issues will make a patient a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Patients are also encouraged to wait until the breasts are fully developed.
Barrett Plastic Surgery provides expert breast reductions in Beverly Hills. In addition to using the best techniques, the skilled doctors will support you every step of the way to determine if a breast reduction, lift, implants, or a combination of the three will be best for you.
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