Introduction Breast lift and breast reduction are two of the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US right now. Even though these procedures are not as popular as breast implant surgery, hundreds of thousands of women undergo these procedures each year. Breast reduction surgery is primarily used for medical purposes because overly developed breasts create physical pain and discomforts for patients. However, it is also cosmetic in that it reduces and balances huge breasts so that they can look aesthetically welcoming. The breast lift is used to treat saggy breasts, making them firmer and youthful again. Breast reduction and breast lift can also be performed in one session if you are having both excessively large and saggy breasts. Your candidacy for the combo procedure depends on different factors that the plastic surgeon will analyze during the pre-operative consultation. Below are the candidacy requirements, benefits, and steps of the combined operation. Candidacy for combing breast reduction with breast lift Whether you are a good candidate for the combined operation depends on different factors. Indeed, not all women can qualify for the combo of breast reduction and breast lift. There are specific eligibility requirements that you must meet to be called a good candidate for the surgery. First off, the plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and check whether they are excessively large and saggy at the same time. If your breasts are only large and not saggy, the doctor will recommend you only breast reduction surgery. On the other hand, if your breasts are just saggy, you will get a recommendation for the breast lift alone. However, if it turns out that your breasts are excessively large and also saggy and the condition is affecting your self-esteem and quality of life and creating physical discomforts for you, the plastic surgeon may recommend you the combined operation. To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to be in good overall health. The doctor will ask you about your medical history during the consultation session. You must share your complete health information with the doctor and do not withhold anything. If you are suffering from any health problems like diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary problems, blood disorders, or other such diseases, you must bring this to the knowledge of the plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon will also ask you as to what you want to achieve with the combined operation and what are your expectations from the surgery. Your goals and expectations must be realistic and reasonable. Do not expect the procedure to transform you into another person or make you look like your favorite celebrity. The combined procedure can effectively lift your breasts, besides reducing the breasts and alleviating the physical pain linked with having huge breasts. Furthermore, your skin quality will also be checked, besides taking your BMI into account. If you are obese or overweight, you will be advised first to lose some weight and then get the combined surgery. Also, your skin needs to have some elasticity for you to be a good candidate. Moreover, if you are a smoker, you will be told to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking during the recovery. How is the combo of breast reduction and breast lift performed? The combined surgery of breast reduction and breast lift is performed under general anesthesia because it is a highly invasive and traumatic procedure. The goal of breast reduction is to decrease the size and weight of overly large breasts, whereas the breast lift restores the firmness and youthfulness of the breasts. There is no doubt that loose and excessively large breasts look not only aesthetically unwelcoming but also create physical problems like back and neck pain and increase the risk of infection in the skin folds. A board-certified plastic surgeon will administer the general anesthesia, after which he will start the operation by making an incision on the breasts. The length and shape of the incisions depend on the tissue, skin, and fat that needs to be removed from the breasts and the severity of breast sagging. You should discuss the incision and resulting scars with the plastic surgeon in advance of the operation. After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will use it to gain access inside the breasts. Next, the doctor will remove the excess glandular tissue from the breasts. Once the required amount of glands is removed, he will then repair and tighten the separated and weak muscles that are making the breasts look saggy. This involves the use of specialized surgical skills and experience. Next, the plastic surgeon will remove the surplus fat from the breasts, which is the leading factor why your breasts look aesthetically unwelcoming. During this step, the surgeon may also employ liposuction so that the breasts are correctly contoured. After removing the fat, the doctor will reposition the nipples if they are pointing downward. To make them look forward, the surgeon will remove a tiny amount of skin from the area just above the areolas. Once the nipples are lifted, the doctor will remove the excess skin from the breasts. This is critical in making the breasts firmer and perky. He will then re-drape the remaining skin and then suture and close the incisions. During this operation, the areolas can also be reduced if necessary. The surgery will be brought to an end after the incisions are sutured and closed. Your recovery will begin right after the procedure and will continue for weeks to follow. Many patients think that the results of the combo of breast reduction and breast lift will come to the fore right after the procedure. But the fact is that it takes time for the results to transpire. The recovery period will last for six weeks; however, you may be able to resume non-strenuous work two weeks after the procedure. The patient must take sufficient rest for two weeks. Your breasts will be swollen, and the swelling will last for many weeks and even months. The incisions also require time to heal. At most, it takes six weeks for the incisions to heal and for the results to evolve. Once the outcomes become noticeable, you will feel and see improvements in your breasts. Your breasts will look smaller and firmer, and the physical pain associated with overly developed breasts will subside. As a result, you can expect to see and feel improvements in your self-esteem and quality of life. Benefits of the combined operation In most cases, women seeking the breast lift and breast reduction have almost been through the same situations. The causes of saggy and overly large breasts are almost similar. For example, pregnancy, massive weight gain, and genetics are the leading causes of breast enlargement and breast sagging. The main benefit of getting both of these procedures in a single session is that you achieve two goals at the same time, i.e., smaller and firmer breasts. Secondly, the patient will only have to go through a single downtime and single recovery period after the combo procedures. If the procedures are performed separately, you will have to go through two recovery periods and two downtimes. What this means is that when you get both procedures at the same time, it can save you time. You will go to the hospital once and take time off work once, rather than twice. Another primary benefit of the combo operation is that it saves you money and can save you a few thousand dollars. When you undergo both procedures at the same time, you can have one anesthesia, which can save you money. Also, your hospital expenses will be lower because you get two surgeries in one session rather than two separate sessions. Furthermore, the cost of aftercare will be lower since you are undergoing a single recovery rather than two if the procedures are performed in separate sessions. If your breasts are saggy and excessively large and the condition is affecting your self-esteem and creating physical pain for you, you may discuss with the plastic surgeon whether you should get the combo of breast reduction and breast lift. Conclusion Breast reduction is used to reduce the size of overly developed breasts, whereas the breast lift restores the firmness and perkiness of the breasts. Many patients wonder whether they can get both operations in a single session and what are the benefits and candidacy requirements for the combo of breast reduction and breast lift. In this article, I have answered these questions, in addition to discussing as to how the combined procedure is performed, what the recovery can be like, and what to expect from the results. To get satisfactory outcomes with the combined procedure, be sure to consult only with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in the combo procedure of breast reduction and breast lift.