Breast Lift Or Breast Reduction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in some form of breast reshaping surgery I am torn as to whether a breast lift or a breast reduction is the right option for me. I have attached some pictures so you can help me decide between the two options. 

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. In regards to your breasts it is important to remember that every breast reduction involves a breast lift and the associated breast lift is always a full anchor pattern lift. Thus the breast lift part does not change, the only variable in breast reduction surgery is in how much breast tissue should be removed (reduced) if at all.

Also every breast lift when done alone will reduce the size of the breast by almost one cup…and this is without taking out any breast tissue. (the removed skin is to lift and reshape the breast mound) In looking at your breasts I really see largely a breast lift with only enough breast tissue removed to ‘fit’ the remaining breast tissue into the lifted and reshaped overlying breast mound skin. Most likely you could get away with a full breast lift with no breast tissue removed at all.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana