Will A Breast Lift Work For Heavier Breasts?

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It’s no secret that countless women each year undergo cosmetic surgery to achieve fuller, larger breasts. However, you may be surprised to learn just how many patients are interested in ways to reduce breast size and volume in order to alleviate uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms. For these women, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi is proud to offer a wide array of cosmetic breast surgeries in Beverly Hills, CA. Read on to learn more about your options for reducing breast volume, and find out whether a breast lift, breast reduction, or another procedure may be right for you. 


Heavy breasts are ruining my life! What can I do? 

Although many people consider full breasts to be a hallmark of beauty and femininity, women with overly large or heavy breasts often experience pain, embarrassment, and other unwanted symptoms, such as: 


  • Muscle aches 
  • Neck and back pain 
  • Poor posture 
  • Numbness and tingling in breasts, arms, and hands 
  • Difficulty finding clothing that fits properly 
  • Painful indentations from bra straps 
  • Low self-esteem because of large breasts  
  • Unnatural body proportions  


For women whose large breasts are in part associated with being overweight, losing weight may result in a subtle decrease in overall chest size. However, breast reduction is the most reliable and effective way to remove actual breast tissue and reduce the volume of the breast itself. 


Do I need breast lift or breast reduction?  

Many women with heavy breasts are unsure whether they need a breast reduction, breast lift, or both. Generally speaking, breast lift surgery is most appropriate for women who are satisfied with the overall volume of the breasts but have concerns about loose skin, deflated breasts, or downward-pointing nipples. During breast lift surgery, Dr. Hakimi removes loose or wrinkled skin, resculpts a perkier breast shape, and raises the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall. Oftentimes, patients choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation to address these adverse side effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and gravity in a single step. 


Women with large or heavy breasts may also experience nipples that point to the ground and an elongated breast shape due to gravity and the weight of their breasts. Patients who hope to correct these issues as well as reduce breast heaviness may be better suited to breast reduction surgery. During breast reduction in Beverly Hills, Dr. Hakimi will carefully remove breast tissue to achieve a more proportionate, natural-looking breast size. In the majority of cases, a breast lift is performed as part of breast reduction surgery to address loose, stretched-out skin and restore a perky breast shape. If needed, Dr. Hakimi may also recommend nipple-areola revision to ensure the nipples look appropriate with the newly shaped breast. 


During your initial consultation, Dr. Hakimi will carefully evaluate your breasts, thoroughly discuss your concerns and goals, and formulate a custom-tailored surgical plan that meets your needs. 


What do breast reduction scars look like? 

There are several different types of breast reduction incisions available, including: 


  • Anchor/inverted-T 
  • Lollipop 
  • Donut 


Depending on the nature of your case, how much tissue and skin need to be removed, and other factors, Dr. Hakimi will select the most appropriate technique. In the majority of cases, some level of visible scarring is unavoidable after breast reduction surgery. However, Dr. Hakimi takes great care to minimize the length of his incisions as much as possible and provide the most comprehensive scar care recommendations available. For most patients, having breast reduction scars is well worth the improvements made to their health, comfort, and overall quality of life. 


Fed up with the pain caused by heavy breasts? Consider breast reduction surgery in Beverly Hills, CA 

If you’re ready to finally take the plunge and correct your heavy, drooping, or downward-pointing breasts, we can help. Join the many women who have turned to renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi for breast reduction, breast lift, or another procedure to get relief from their symptoms and enhance their look. To learn more about the incredible results that are possible with cosmetic breast surgery in Beverly Hills, call our state-of-the-art facility to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Hakimi today! 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.