Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction
An Introduction

Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is a type of breast surgery that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin.

Large and heavy breasts can cause not only physical pain but also emotional issues such as insecurity. Fortunately, these issues can often be resolved with the help of a plastic surgeon. Our breast reduction patients find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.

Reasons for considering breast reduction surgery:
  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
  • Sagging breasts produced by their large size
  • Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
  • Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts

We offer a variety of other procedures to complement breast reduction surgery, including tummy tuck and liposuction. Many women find that cosmetic surgery enhances their self-esteem in addition to improving their appearance.

General Procedure

Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The cosmetic surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin.
Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to normal position and held in place by stitches. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.

Recovery

Generally, post-operative instructions for breast reduction patients call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Dressings are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the dressings are removed, you will need to wear a sports bra for several weeks.
Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with breast reduction surgery. Any pain can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, you can minimize potential problems by carefully following the after-care instructions provided at time of discharge.

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