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What Type of Breast Surgery Is Right for Me?

Breast lift, augmentation, and reduction procedures provide distinct results by removing or adding tissue or inserting implants.

Elements of each procedure can be combined according to your goals.

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A Closer Look at Each Procedure

Breast Augmentation

Size and shape are enhanced through the placement of silicone or saline implants, or your own grafted fat tissue. Breast reconstruction can use these same techniques (often in combination with skin grafting) to completely recreate the breast mound after mastectomy or injury.

Breast Lift

Sagging breasts are made firmer, perkier, and shapelier through the removal reshaping of skin and fat tissue. A breast lift can be combined with implants for more dramatic results.

Breast Reduction

The breasts are reduced in size for the purpose of creating improved proportions and relieving physical strain. Breast reduction can be combined with lift surgery. In some cases, breast reduction is considered medically necessary in order to alleviate back and neck pain.

Let's look more closely at what each procedure can provide:

How much does each procedure cost?

Average Surgeon's Fees*

Breast Augmentation


  • $3,178

Breast Lift


  • $4,672

Breast Reduction


  • $5,482 **

*These averages do not include anesthesia, aftercare expenses, facility fees, and other expenses.
**Insurance may contribute if the procedure is considered medically necessary.

What kinds of results can I get from each?

Breast Augmentation Before and After

Breast Lift Before and After

Breast Reduction Before and After

How much downtime does each procedure require?

Necessary Time away from Work and Strain

Breast Augmentation

Patients can usually resume desk work within 3 to 7 days. Submuscular placement (below the pectoral muscle) requires more downtime than subglandular placement (above the pectoral muscle). It may take a month before it is safe to resume strenuous exercise.

Breast Lift

Patients should take about a week before resuming non-strenuous work. This is true with or without implants. Heavy lifting and other strain should be avoided for about a month.

Breast Reduction

Non-strenuous work can be resumed after about 10 to 14 days. Any contact with the breasts for the first four to six weeks must be gentle.

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Speak to an Experienced Surgeon

The possibilities of modern cosmetic breast surgery are virtually endless. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your bust line, your surgeon can perform a single procedure or customized combination of procedures to help you achieve the results you want and the long-term satisfaction you deserve. Book a consultation with your surgeon today.

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