Should I get a breast lift and areola reduction? (Photo)

I wear a 34 D cup sized bra. My breats sag immensely, are there any procedures that would give me very good results? I'm worried about scars but is there any way I could cover those up, such as using waterproof makeup? Also, I have seen after photos of people's breast lifts and their nipples look odd and botched I guess you could say, is there anyway to prevent that? I also want a natural look for my areolas when I do a reduction, is it possible to do that.

Doctor Answers 19


I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size.

It takes 6 weeks to heal and I wait 12 months before any scar revision.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery.


Best of luck!


Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Should I get a breast lift?

I think you would benefit greatly from a breast lift and areola reduction by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. The scars are definitely a trade-off, but there are several methods of scar management that can improve them significantly. Depending on your goals, you might also be a good candidate for using a tissue matrix that would increase support of your natural breast tissue to keep them perkier over time.

Ashley Gordon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Breast Lift and Areolar Reduction

You will absolutely achieve what you want if you go for a highly qualified PS. However, a breast lift and areolar reduction without scar may not allow you to achieve your expected result and your breast size cannot be significantly changed. According to this technique, you will get 34C+ from 34D and  your areolar will become aound 7 cms from 10 cms.

Tanongsak Panyawirunroj, MD
Thailand Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Should I get a breast lift and areola reduction?

Thank you for your question and photographed.

Your most important decision is your choice of an experienced, ethical board certified plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience with cosmetic breast surgery.

He must make the decision whether you are willing to have scars on your breast because you will need a breast lift with a vertical scar component such as a lollipop lift or anchor breast lift.  If you are not willing to accept these scars then you should not even think about surgery. For more information please read the link below:

Breast lift and reduction

Hello, breast lift and reduction is indicated in your case its possible that an inverted T scar will be left, the horizontal part of this scar will not be visible because it will be covered by mammary sulcus, tehere are several resources to improve scar appearance, the cost for this procedure can vary from 3,000 to 3,600.


Kemil Issa, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Sagging, Heavy Breast

The only real option to lift your breasts and remove some of the excess weight is to have a breast lift and reduction.  Some of the tissue can be left behind and rearranged to get you more upper pole fullness too. Breast surgery can result in changes including the inevitable scarring that you may find unacceptable.  Only you can decide if the improved shape and size is worth the tradeoff for the scars.

John LoMonaco, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 271 reviews

Should I get a breast lift and areola reduction?

A well performed breast reduction with a lollipop incision will reduce the size  and elevate  your breasts. The nipples will be redced as well

Hilton Becker, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Should I get a breast lift?

Part of the problem with only getting a lift is that your breasts are large and heavy. As such, the skin is going to stretch out if that heaviness is maintained. I would suggest getting a small reduction as well.  The breasts will be lifted and maintain their perkiness for a longer period of time. The areolae can be reduced as part of that operation. Also, if you plan to get pregnant in the future, you might want to hold off having surgery until after you are done.

Paul W. Loewenstein, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Should I get a breast lift and areola reduction?

Hi and thanks for the question. If you want perky and smaller breasts which do not feel heavy then bilateral  breast reduction (BBR) is the answer. For you a vertical scar is an ideal choice as it has less scarring and can make a modest decrease in size and weight. If you don't want to go smaller then an uplift of similar incision will do the job. Both will reduce the size of your areola.

Good luck.

Mo Akhavani, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Breast Lift

Thank you for your question.  You appear to be an excellent candidate for a breast lift.  The areolas are reduced in size as part of the breast lift procedure.  Given the current fullness, you can achieve a very good result with full, perky, lifted breasts.  Surgeons perform procedures different from one another and some do not suture the skin closed as others do so patients will sometimes end up with unsightly scars or oddly shaped areolas with certain surgeons.  I recommend you closely look at the before and after photos of surgeons as part of the interview/consultation process.  As always, consult with board certified plastic surgeons with plenty of experience in the procedure of interest and proven excellent results.  Even beautiful scars are visible to some degree but can be camouflaged with makeup if necessary.  Hope this helps.  Best wishes!

Nicholas Tarola, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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