Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is an enhancement procedure 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 breasts can cause physical pain as well as emotional and social anxiety. Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:
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.
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that is shaped similar to an anchor, with one incision that encircles the areola (darker skin around the nipple), a vertical incision from the areola down to the fold along the bottom of the breast, and a horizontal incision along the fold. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, or used to target the area just to the side of each breasts to provide an improved contour. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction are typically very pleased overall despite the presence of new scars. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain, a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery, and instructions for removal and showering are provided. Drains may or may not be used, and this question can be addressed during the consultation. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated with oral medication. Patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.