Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


The 411 on Breast Reduction and Breast Lifts: What You Need to Know


At some point in your life, you’ll begin to see changes in your breasts. This could be due to gravity, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, or nursing. All these can take a toll on your breasts’ natural shape and fullness. Overtime, these can lead to breast asymmetry, sagginess, drooping nipples, loss of volume, oversized breasts, and many others. While these changes are normal as you age, these can affect your confidence and appearance.

The good news is these changes are easily addressed through a breast enhancement surgery. Depending on your case, you can request for a breast augmentation, a breast reduction or a breast lift

If you’re considering a breast reduction or breast lift procedure, here are some facts you need to know.

Breast Reduction

This is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue to reduce breast size. This can correct poor posture, back pain or chest pain due to oversized breasts. You can also request this if you want to have smaller breasts, regardless of whether or not you’re suffering from a breast-size-related issue.

Here are some facts you need to know about breast reduction:

  • The recovery period isn’t too rough. Unlike other breast surgeries, recovery from breast reduction is less harsh. You may experience pain post-operatively, but the pain level is lower.
  • Results will not be in cup size. Cup sizes are different from one bra manufacturer to another. Dr. Mussat will use grams instead of cups size when talking about how much breast tissue will be removed.
  • It’s not just for women. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes breasts in men to grow large, and breast reduction can address that.
  • It is covered by most health insurance companies. Many breast reduction surgeries are covered by health insurance. Currently, we are in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO.

Breast Lift

Although it’s often confused with breast reduction, breast lift is actually a surgical procedure that will lift sagging breasts, correct drooping nipples, and resize enlarged nipples and areolas.

Here are some things you need to know about a breast lift:

  • It doesn’t increase breast size. This procedure isn’t designed to resize breasts, but it can result in a fuller and rounder breast shape with a better contour.
  • It works well with other breast surgeries. Breast lift can be performed concurrently with either breast augmentation or breast reduction to produce better aesthetic results. Due to its flexibility, this is commonly a part of a “mommy makeover”.
  • It corrects breast asymmetry. Breastfeeding can alter the breast shape, which leads to breast asymmetry and imbalance of firmness.

These two procedures differ in so many aspects, but they can achieve one goal: improved breast appearance. If you’d like to know more about breast reduction and breast lift, and if you’re a good candidate for either of the two, consult with Dr. Mussat. Schedule a consultation today at her Chicago practice.