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Breast Reduction

 

Breast Reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure that reduces breast size in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Women with extremely large or sagging breasts can be both emotionally and physically uncomfortable. They may also suffer from back and neck pain, irritation under the breasts and soreness where bra straps cut into their shoulders. 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.

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 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. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.

Anchor Pattern Breast Reduction. The anchor breast reduction, also called the Traditional Breast Reduction, is the best technique for large breasts with a large amount of sagging.

The Short-Scar Breast Reduction. Also known as the Lollipop Lift or the Vertical Scar Breast Reduction, this procedure is meant for women with moderate a amount of sagging and moderately large sized breasts. This technique involves a scar around the areola, and a vertical scar from the areola down to the fold under the breast.

Circle Lift. The circle lift, also called the Circumareolar Lift, or the Donut Lift, is a great lifting procedure for small breasts.

Recovery ProcessĀ 

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Minor pain associated with surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.