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What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The major difference between a breast lift and breast reduction depends on the amount of tissue removed. In a breast lift, only skin is removed and the breast is uplifted. During a reduction, tissue is removed from the inner, outer and upper central breast to reduce the actual size of the breasts. A breast lift is general a cosmetic procedure, while a reduction is functional and cosmetic to alleviate symptoms of breast hypertrophy or gigantomastia. 

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