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Breast Lift Vs. Breast Reduction... Which Am I a Candidate For? Parcells Plastic Surgery

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The difference between a breast lift vs. a breast reduction can be confusing. They are quite similar procedures, with small differences. If you are considering a change to your breasts, it is important to speak with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Alexis Parcells is an expert in cosmetic breast surgery and breast reduction procedures in New Jersey.

Dr. Parcells’s goal is to educate and empower you to make your own decision on what’s best for your body. During your consultation, she will guide you about the best procedure for your body and address all of your aesthetic concerns.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, will lift sagging breast tissue and remove excess skin to improve your size, shape, and symmetry.

The benefits of a breast lift include:

  • Corrects asymmetry
  • Improves the overall look of cleavage
  • Repositions breasts and areola to normal position

Your breast lift surgery will take about three hours, and you will be under general anesthesia. While the breast lift is an outpatient procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home.

Typically, a breast lift procedure may also be coupled with adding implants to increase volume and contour, but your procedure does not have to include implants. Dr. Parcells will determine the placement and type of incision to use based on the extent of your lift. The two types of incisions Dr. Parcells uses are the 'lollipop' and the 'anchor' patterns.

After surgery, you are wrapped in a compression type of garment to minimize any swelling and bruising. You are most likely able to return to your light daily activities within three to five days; however, most patients take a week to 10 days to heal at home.

What is a Breast Reduction?

As opposed to a breast lift which is mostly a skin surgery, a reduction involves the removal of a large amount of breast tissue.

Many women who elect to have a breast reduction do so for relief. Large breasts can be uncomfortable, restrict movement, and even cause back problems. You may even discover after a breast reduction that your clothing either fits better. Once your body is in better proportion, you become more confident with your new figure.

The benefits of a breast reduction include:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Increase physical activity and range of motion

The breast reduction surgery takes about four to five hours to complete. The incisions are determined by Dr. Parcells, choosing either the 'lollipop' or 'anchor' placement.

After surgery, you will feel immediate relief from your back, neck, and shoulders but will need to wait at least four-six weeks until resuming any physical activity like going to the gym. You can return to work within a week.

The Main Difference Between a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is both cosmetic and functional because it achieves better proportions and alleviates pain. For a breast reduction to be covered by insurance, some health care insurance companies require a certain amount of breast tissue to be removed.

The primary purpose of a breast lift is to reshape and reposition the breasts. Breast skin and a small amount of breast tissue may also be removed. This procedure can be combined with breast implants.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction or Breast Lift Surgery?

The procedure you choose must be what is in the best interest of your body and what you will be happy with going forward. If you want to reduce your breasts' overall size, a breast reduction surgery may be right for you. If your primary concern is to correct the sagging and drooping of your breasts, a breast lift will provide you that natural, youthful look you want to achieve.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Parcells

Dr. Parcells is a top Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon licensed in the state of New Jersey and is board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Parcells' goal is to educate and inform you of all your options. Call Dr. Parcells for a breast lift or breast reduction consultation today.


Will I still be able to breastfeed?

In both a breast lift and breast reduction, you may still be able to produce milk to breastfeed. However, the amount of milk you can produce may vary greatly. You can discuss this concern and others during your consultation with Dr. Parcells.

What will my scars look like?

Dr. Parcells will discuss the type of incisions being used and their placement during your consultation. Any scars will heal in a few months and blend into the skin.

Does my insurance cover Breast Reduction or a Breast Lift?

It is best to check with your insurance provider as a breast reduction could be considered quality of life care, especially if you have documented neck, shoulder, or back pain. However, a breast lift or small breast reduction surgery is generally regarded as cosmetic surgery and is typically not covered by most health insurance providers. Dr. Parcells does have financing and payment options for your convenience.

Parcells Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical and cosmetic medical spa treatments to women in New Jersey.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexis Parcells is here to educate and empower you to celebrate your natural beauty.

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