Can My Breasts Be Lifted And Go Down A Bit In Size?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am entertaining the thought of a breast lift only. So I am researching a little bit. I am 50 yrs old and have always had nice naturally large breasts but with age they are hanging low but not flat yet. I’m a Size D now. My question is with a lift only does the procedure reduce the size when they are lifted? I’m sure some liposuction etc is needed so that seems to me it would take them down at least one size naturally. Is that correct? I’m thinking it would not be so bad as with age our backs take a toll carrying them around our whole lives, so smaller could be a good thing. Thank you for your time.

A: A breast lift, in its purest form, does not reduce the size of the breast. It lifts it, tightens the skin envelope and moves the nipple position into a more central position on the breast mound, but it removes no breast tissue. This is what separates it from a breast reduction procedure which also removes a significant amount of breast tissue. But variations can be done to a breast lift procedure to provide both a lift and a small amount of breast reduction. It is this procedure that you appear to be seeking by description. This combination breast lift-reduction procedure involves the removal of between 100 to 200 grams of breast tissue which will reduce the size of the breast by a ½ cup or so. Liposuction can also be done on the side of the breast into the back, an area which is outside the direct effect of any breast reshaping procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana