Breast Reduction or Lift: What’s the Difference?

Patients interested in breast reduction in Indiana often ask me about the differences between breast reduction and breast lift. The primary difference: their goals.


Both procedures share a number of characteristics:

  • Removal of excess tissue
  • Use of vertical or inverted T incisions
  • Reshaping of the breast
  • Repositioning of the nipple and areola
  • Reduction of areola size


  • Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) – Women with very large breasts often endure uncomfortable symptoms and side effects – back pain, difficulty being active or unwanted attention. The primary goal with a breast reduction is to reduce breast size and improve related symptoms. The surgeon will create a smaller but natural-looking breast, which will be lifted in the process.
  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – If not pregnancy and nursing, gravity and age will cause every woman”s breasts to experience some degree of sagging. A breast lift eliminates excess stretched tissue to restore youthful shape and position. This procedure is an elective cosmetic procedure, and is an ideal option for patients who aren”t primarily concerned with the size of their breasts.

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