Many women are confused by the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction. The primary difference is the amount of breast tissue that is removed.

Breast lifts are indicated in patients who are concerned with the location of their nipple-areolar complex (NAC). A breast lift will reposition the NAC to a more central location on the breast mound. A breast lift may also be recommended for patients who have sagging breasts, which can be a result of breastfeeding or due to their age, as it can make the breasts look younger and perkier. As a breast lift focuses on reshaping the breast and only removes a minimal amount of breast tissue, it does not significantly reduce the size of the breast. In cases where patients are seeking smaller breasts, then a breast reduction will be indicated. This is because a breast reduction procedure not only repositions the NAC, but removes a greater volume of breast tissue.

There are several reasons why patients may seek a breast reduction over a breast lift. These include:

  • Bad posture
  • Back, shoulder or neck pain
  • Permanent indentations in your shoulders from your bra straps
  • Rashes or irritation under your breasts
  • Difficult time finding clothes that fit you

Breast reduction surgery is a great way to lessen the burden of these realities that can impact upon a patient’s quality of life.

Although these two popular procedures are very different and generate very different outcomes, there are some similarities. Both procedures involve incisions around the NAC and vertically below. This is otherwise known as a ‘keyhole’ pattern or as a ‘lollypop’ scar. Following a breast lift or a breast reduction, Dr Farhadieh will provide postoperative care instructions. It is recommended that patients rest for 2-2 days after their surgery and then gradually increase their mobility. For 6-8 weeks, patients should avoid stretching, heavy lifting and strenuous upper body activity. For 8-12 weeks following surgery, patients will be required to wear a compression garment or soft sports bra to help reduce swelling.

In some cases, breast implants may be indicated in breast lift patients who lack breast tissue. Breast implants will assist in restoring breast volume after weight reduction, ageing, to correct breast asymmetry or to address pregnancy and breastfeeding. This procedure is known as a mastopexy-augmentation.


Whether you’ve been thinking about getting a breast reductionbreast lift or mastopexy-augmentation, Panthea Clinics can ensure you receive the World Class care. With our team of medical experts by your side, you will have complete peace of mind knowing that you are in the safest of hands. After all the best trained hands are the safest hands.

Call our clinics today to enquire about more information or to book your initial consultation with our team.

Dr Ross Farhadieh

Dr Ross Farhadieh

Dr Farhadieh is an internationally renowned Australian qualified and trained Plastic Surgery. He holds fellowship qualifications in Plastic Surgery from Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons (England) as well the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery. He has multiple clinical subspecialty fellowships in Cosmetic, Pediatrics as well as Microsurgery from World Leading institutes in London.


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