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Do I Need a Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, or Both?

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This is a fairly common question we get at our practice from women seeking to enhance the appearance of their breasts. Generally speaking, most individuals who need a breast reduction also need a breast lift (mastopexy), but not everyone who needs a breast lift needs a reduction. This is largely due to the fact that when excess volume is removed from the breasts during a breast reduction, there tends to be a lot of extra, sagging skin left behind that needs to be addressed (which is done with mastopexy). In contrast, some patients wish to elevate drooping breasts while retaining their breast size. For these select individuals, a breast reduction may not be necessary in addition to their lift.

More often than not, however, a combination of breast reduction and mastopexy is needed to achieve an optimal outcome. When performed in conjunction, these two procedures help to lift the breasts while improving both their size and symmetry. If you are interested in breast enhancement surgery and would like to find out which technique would be best for you, I strongly encourage that you seek a board certified plastic surgeon who is highly skilled in both methods. By discussing your unique needs and desires in detail with your surgeon, he or she should be able to easily and clearly determine the right procedure (or combination of procedures) for your goals.

Stafford R. Broumand, MD

Can I Get a Breast Lift Without Noticeable Scars?

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The possibility of noticeable scarring following a breast lift (mastopexy) is a regular concern for many women interested in this breast enhancement option. Unfortunately, some degree of postoperative breast lift scarring is unavoidable, as incisions are needed to remove excess skin and elevate breast tissues to a more youthful, natural…

Recovery from a Breast Lift with Implants

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Following a breast lift with implants – also referred to as an augmentation-mastopexy – the recovery process is much like you can except when a mastopexy or breast augmentation is performed on its own. Initially, some minor bruising and/or swelling can often be expected, though these symptoms should gradually diminish…

How Do I Know If I Need a Breast Lift or Augmentation?

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A question frequently asked by patients interested in breast enhancement surgery is whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both would be more appropriate for their needs and goals. Though the answer will ultimately depend on the individual’s specific concerns and desired outcome, there are a few…

What Are My Breast Augmentation Incision Options?

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Women interested in receiving a breast augmentation with implants here at 740 Park Plastic Surgery have two different incision options, each of which offers unique benefits based on the patient’s specific needs and goals. These two incision options include the following: Periareolar Incision – This incision is made at the…

Pros and Cons of Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants

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Anatomic-shaped implants were initially invented for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, though they have gained some popularity in recent years in cosmetic breast augmentation. Just like everything in surgery, though, there are pros and cons to the use of anatomic-shaped implants. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I have…

5 Tips to Help You Stay On Track for Your Goal

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Envisioning a positive outcome, such as an improved physical appearance, is a first step towards achieving a goal.  It is the positive “envisioning”, i.e., the internal vision in the mind’s eye, that excitedly drives us to make behavioral changes. Frequently, inevitably, there remain many challenges and obstacles, as we struggle…

How Helpful Are Online Reviews for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon?

In general, online reviews can be very helpful for choosing the right plastic surgeon; however, there are certain things to keep in mind while reading through other people’s critiques. For the most part, patients who are either extremely satisfied or dissatisfied with their outcomes are the ones who leave comments…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery procedure is imperative to receiving the safest, most effective treatment, as well as achieving optimal outcomes based on your unique needs and goals. The following are a number of factors to consider when making this important decision: Make sure your…

Takeaway from ‘The Cutting Edge 2014’

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Attended by plastic surgeons from all over the world, The Cutting Edge 2014 encompassed a wide range of cosmetic surgery topics presented in a novel way. As opposed to live surgeries being performed for educational purposes, this year’s meeting consisted of several timed video presentations of surgery, which allowed a…


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