The Pure Aesthetics plastic surgeons discuss how breast reduction and breast lift procedures differ.

The Pure Aesthetics plastic surgery team discusses similarities and differences between breast reduction and breast lift surgeries.

Sydney, NSW – With the comprehensive array of plastic surgery procedures available today, the specialist plastic surgeons at Pure Aesthetics recognise that individuals may struggle to identify which is most beneficial for their wants and needs. The Sydney plastic surgery team says breast surgery is a popular area that many women seek, whether to alter their breast size or enhance their breast shape. Two popular procedures from which many patients can benefit are breast reduction and breast lift surgeries. While each can address similar concerns, the surgeons explain that reduction and lift procedures are intended for different reasons.

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) decreases the size of a woman’s breasts while creating a more aesthetic shape. To reduce enlarged breasts, the surgeons note that excess tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is tightened. During this process, the breasts are also repositioned to a higher level on the chest, and the nipple-areolar complex is typically lifted, as well.

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is designed to address sagging tissue, or ptosis, by raising the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall. This may involve removing redundant tissue and lifting the nipple-areolar complex. As a result, the plastic surgeons report that both breast shape and projection are improved.

The Pure Aesthetics’ plastic surgeons add that both procedures can effectively reshape and lift the breasts, but a reduction is more focused on reducing the overall size and weight of the breast tissue—problems that can lead to a variety of symptoms, like pain in the neck, shoulders and back. Since breast reduction surgery can provide relief from chronic discomfort for many women, the procedure may be considered medically necessary and, as a result, may be eligible for rebates from Medicare and private health insurance providers. Breast lifts are typically not covered by insurance since they are considered cosmetic in nature.

The specialist plastic surgeons explain that while breast reduction and breast lift surgeries can both lift and reshape breast tissue, candidacy for each procedure will vary greatly. They encourage patients to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if they can benefit from breast surgery and, if so, which procedure is most appropriate for their needs.

About Pure Aesthetics

Located in Sydney CBD and at Macquarie University, Pure Aesthetics is a plastic surgery practice that offers a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Owned by Dr Steve Merten, the team also includes specialist plastic surgeons Dr Robert Knight as well as Dr Noela Ferch. Each plastic surgeon is highly experienced in their area of expertise and has been specially trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The doctors are available for consultations upon request.

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Pure Aesthetics

Sydney City Office:
Level 6
149 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9252 9262

Macquarie University Office:
Suite 302
2 Technology Pl
Macquarie University, NSW 2109
02 9252 9262

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