Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

What’s the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction?

Breast augmentation has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for decades. Used to increase the size of the breasts, it can also be effective at creating much better alignment and symmetry. However, for those looking to reshape or reduce the size of their breasts, a breast reduction or breast lift would be the better option.

There is some confusion over how a breast lift and breast reduction procedure differ. If you’re trying to determine which procedure is right for you, here you’ll discover the main differences between a breast lift and breast reduction.

What is a breast lift?

Breast uplift procedures are designed to reshape and lift the breasts. It’s a particularly ideal option for women experiencing sagging in the breasts, whether due to age or breastfeeding. The volume and shape of the breasts will be restored, and the nipples and areolas will typically be repositioned, as well as made smaller to produce more natural results.

With this procedure, the surgeon only removes excess skin, rather than breast tissue.

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is designed to purely reduce the volume within the breasts. Rather than simply eliminating excess skin, the surgeon will also remove excess breast tissue, as well as fat. A lot of patients also experience a more lifted appearance once the size of the breasts has been reduced. They can also choose whether or not they want to reduce the size of their areolas too.

It is largely beneficial for women who want or need to reduce the size of their breasts to correct medical issues, or for personal preference. Larger breasts can be uncomfortable, adding a lot of extra weight the body has to carry. So, a reduction can help to ease the pain, helping patients resume normal activities.

How to choose the right cosmetic breast procedure for you

The type of procedure that’s right for you will depend upon what you’re looking to achieve. If you simply want to make the breasts appear perkier and more youthful, a breast lift would be ideal. However, if you’re looking to significantly reduce the size of the breasts, a breast reduction is the best option.

In some cases, a breast lift and reduction can be carried out simultaneously. Your surgeon will discuss the options available to you during an initial consultation. After talking through your expectations and desired results, they will inform you which option is better suited.

Both procedures are straightforward and require downtime of around two to four weeks. They each come with their own risks and complications too, so it’s important to make sure you do your research before deciding whether the procedures are right for you.

Choosing the best cosmetic breast surgeon

Although breast lift and breast reduction procedures are considered to be relatively straightforward, it’s still vital to ensure you’re choosing a reliable and skilled cosmetic breast surgeon. This reduces the risks and also ensures you receive natural-looking results.

Book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today to discuss your breast surgery options; he will be able to offer unbiased, expert advice on which procedure is best for you.


Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

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Spire Southampton Hospital
Chalybeate Close,
Southampton,
Hampshire
S016 6UY
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