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Breast reduction and uplift before and after

As a woman, being comfortable in your own skin can be a challenge. When it comes to breasts, that challenge is magnified.

Some women are just born with larger breasts than others, but if yours have become too big for comfort, you may want to consider breast reduction surgery.

Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the volume of your breasts so they are more proportional with your body. This procedure can also help improve other aspects of your appearance by reducing the size of your areola and lifting sagging skin on the lower portion of your breasts.

If you’re considering breast reduction surgery, here’s what you need to know before you get started:

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess tissue and fat from your breasts so they are smaller but still proportionate with the rest of your body. If you have asymmetrical breasts due to heredity or pregnancy-related changes, then this procedure could help even them out once again.

During this operation, the surgeon will make an incision around each nipple area as well as vertically down into each breast crease (called “inframammary crease”). Then they will remove excess skin and tissue around these areas using either lipos

Breast reduction and uplift before and after

What’s the Difference Between a Breast Reduction and a Breast Lift?


Over time, most women experience changes in their body that affect the shape and size of your breasts which can lead to both physical discomfort and insecurity in how their bodies look. Some of the more common concerns are sagging and drooping or a large breast size that causes discomfort and even back pain. For women who are uncomfortable or unhappy with the shape of their breasts, our plastic surgeon in Raleigh offers breast lifts and breast reduction surgery, but how do you know which one is right for you?

While scheduling a consultation is the best way to know for sure, we also want to give you a foundation of understanding, which is why we’re breaking down the two procedures, the concerns they address, and who they are right for.

How Is a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction Different?

Both a breast lift and a breast reduction change the shape of the breast, and they both require removing extra skin and tissue. However, the main difference in the procedures is simply that with a breast lift, the size of the breasts don’t change – they won’t be larger or smaller, whereas a breast reduction significantly reduces the size and weight of the breasts by removing more of the internal fat and tissue.

Breast Lifts

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, involves more reconstruction to the outer tissues, and the breast tissue itself is not lifted. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the skin and tissue around the area, raising the breasts. The end result is reduced sagging and a lifted, younger-looking shape. Some women do experience increased fullness due to the firmer appearance, and there may be a change in cup size due to an improved fit.  Many women receive a breast lift with augmentation which enhances the overall size and shape by lifting and raising sagging breasts while silicone implants are placed to increase the size.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also called a reduction mammaplasty, reduces the size and weight of large breasts by removing excess fat and skin as well as glandular tissue, often using liposuction as well as the manual tissue removal technique. The end result are smaller, lighter breasts, and patients also can experience improved firmness, minimal to no sagging, and a more symmetrical, proportionate shape. Breast reduction also decreases or eliminates pain in the shoulders, neck, and back associated with large breasts, allowing women to move more freely, exercise in comfort, and wear clothing that is more flattering and comfortable.


Choosing Between a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction?

Both procedures are one-day, outpatient procedures that typically require around the same amount of recovery time. The main question you need to ask yourself when choosing between a breast lift and a breast reduction is what your goals for your physique and physical comfort are.

Choosing a Breast Reduction

If your breasts are large and they cause you discomfort, such as back pain, make exercising difficult, or you are simply uncomfortable with how they look, a breast reduction may be the better option. Following your surgery, you’ll experience an immediate reduction in the back and shoulder pain related to having large, heavy breasts, and you’ll see that your breasts are more proportionate to your body and symmetrical to each other.

Choosing a Breast Lift

Hormonal changes, breastfeeding, genetics, and age can take its toll on how your breasts look. If you are uncomfortable with the shape of your breasts and want a more youthful, uplifted appearance, a breast lift may be the right option for you. Following your surgery, you’ll experience firmer, lifted breasts that can help you feel more confident in your appearance.


Many women want larger, fuller breasts; however, some of the women who have them are dismayed by their breasts’ look and feel. Large breasts develop in response to genetics, hormones, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. And while feminine curves are desirable, some women’s breasts overwhelm their bodies.

A breast reduction surgery produces better body proportions by reducing glandular tissue, fat, and skin, while a breast lift surgery tightens and elevates the remaining tissues. This combination alleviates the physical and emotional symptoms of large breasts and restores balanced contours.Modelwoman in front of boatModel

What Are the Benefits of BREAST REDUCTION WITH LIFT?

Reduced Physical Discomfort

Heavy breasts place strain on the back, neck, shoulders, and chest, which tends to cause physical pain. A breast reduction lessens this discomfort as well as skin irritations below the breasts and divots in the shoulders from bra straps.

Less Unwanted Attention

Overly large breasts—especially those that develop during adolescence—often provoke unwanted attention that can make teenagers and women feel self-conscious about their physical appearance. A breast reduction makes the breasts less noticeable, thus enhancing emotional comfort.

Repositions the Nipples

Large and heavy breasts can cause sagging and nipples that point downward. A breast reduction with a breast lift elevates downward-facing nipples so that they project outward. This and other breast lift techniques restore a perky appearance to the breasts.

Wider Variety of Clothing Options

Many women with larger busts find difficulty finding off-the-rack clothing that fits. This is because clothing sizes are designed to fit evenly proportioned body contours. A breast reduction provides women with balanced proportions that allow for a better clothing fit.

What Happens at a Breast Reduction With Lift Consultation?

Your consultation with Dr. Hochstein is an integral part of a successful breast reduction with lift. During this meeting, Dr. Hochstein will:

  • Discuss your desired results and expectations
  • Examine your breasts
  • Explain your surgical options
  • Establish a surgical plan
  • Provide you with before and after photos of his previous patients
  • Take measurements and photos
  • Evaluate your medical history
  • Advise you on how to prepare for your procedure
    • Patients should:
      • Stop smoking
      • Stop all medications or herbal supplements that thin the blood

What Are Virtual Consultations?

Dr. Hochstein sees patients from Miami as well as from all over the country. Therefore, he offers one-on-one virtual consultations for patients who are unable to make it to Miami for an in-office visit. He also offers concierge services for his out-of-town patients.

Breast Reduction & Uplift

As the name suggests, breast reduction surgery reduces the overall size of the breasts and can also correct asymmetry, where one breast is larger than the other. In combination with this procedure, an uplift for your breasts can also be provided

Breast Reduction & Uplift

Mammoplasty to Reduce Breasts and Provide an Uplift

Female Breast Reduction, also known as mammoplasty is a procedure to reduce the weight and size of a woman’s breast.

At Linia Cosmetic clinics in London and across the UK, we have friendly and professional surgeons to help you get the breasts you want.

Larger breasts can cause discomfort with back and shoulder pain and affect confidence as women become self-conscious and embarrassed about the size of their breasts.

We can tackle this by also providing an optional uplift.

This procedure can also correct asymmetry, where one breast is larger than the other.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

At Linia we use short scar techniques and combine these with liposuction to remove excess breast and skin tissue.

The advantage is that fat and breast tissue can be reduced and reshaped without the need for extra cutting and scars.

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Mastopexy – The Breast Uplift

The breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts to give a more pert appearance.

Whilst the size of the breasts may not be a problem the breasts may have lost their volume and tone.

This procedure is often combined with an enlargement or reduction operation.

The Breast Uplift Procedure

Our surgeon will carefully remove excess skin from each breast and reshape the breast tissue which will give a more toned and youthful appearance.

The nipple will also be re-positioned lifting it higher.

Who is a breast reduction or uplift suitable for?

  • Women whose breasts appear saggy or pendulous
  • Women whose breasts have changed shape following childbirth, breastfeeding or weight loss
  • Women whose breasts have lost tone as a result of relaxation of the ligaments

Breast Reduction Pros and Cons

As is the case when you are deciding to have any form of cosmetic surgery or procedure, it is important to weigh up both the positive and negative aspects of having a breast reduction.

To hopefully help you make the right decision, we are taking an unbiased approach and have outlined some of the biggest pros and cons of breast reductions.


  • One of the most common reasons why people have breast reductions in the first place, especially women, is to alleviate pressure they’ve felt for a long time. By reducing the size of their breasts, women will no longer struggle from carrying the extra weight around and that causing back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Whether you are a man or a woman, if you have breasts that are bigger than you’d like them to be, a breast reduction can improve your self confidence levels. Particularly as often the main reason people suffer from a lack of or poor self esteem is related to their looks.
  • Following a breast reduction it is far less embarrassing and achievable to take part in daily activities, particularly regular workout sessions.


  • A major downside of breast reduction surgery is if it is not carried out properly, it can have painful consequences and could result in infections.
  • The recovery time, depending on the extent of the surgery and your own individual circumstances, can take anything from 1 to 3 weeks.
  • Keeping clean and showering during the recovery period can be difficult
  • There is the possibility of scarring and nipple insensitivity
  • It’s not recommended for any woman who intends to breastfeed babies she already has or in the future as the mammoplasty procedure can cause the nipples to have a numb feeling and involves severing some important breast tissue involved in the production of breast milk.

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery Time

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you should think about how the recovery time and how it will affect your daily life.

Normally the recovery period for breast reduction surgery lasts anything from 1 to 6 weeks and it could mean you need to take around 2 to 3 weeks off your work.

Furthermore, during your recovery period you will need help with any housework, shopping and childcare.

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It is not advised that you drive until wearing a seatbelt does not feel uncomfortable or painful and you should note that this could take a number of weeks.

You also will need to avoid any forms of heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and stretching for at least 6 weeks following the surgery.

With regards to the dressings and how long you should keep those on, it really depends on the time it takes for your wounds to heal.

Breast Reduction Cost

Breast reduction surgery can vary in cost and although it really depends on the work involved in your individual case, you can expect to pay around £6,500 for the surgery.

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