Breast reduction surgery is the plastic surgery associated with the highest patient satisfaction. Disproportionate and large breasts can cause physical and emotional distress. Enlarged breasts can lead to many troublesome symptoms including neck/back pain, headaches, rashes under the breast, and difficulty performing physical activity. In addition to these medical concerns, other cosmetic reasons for breast reduction exist including difficulty finding appropriately-fitting clothes and an unbalanced appearance between the breasts and rest of the body. A breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and skin and lifts the nipple to a more appropriate position. This helps to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your bod, and reduce the symptoms associated with large breast size.
A breast reduction can be performed as a medically necessary procedure. However, patients can also pursue a breast reduction for cosmetic purposes. A cosmetic breast reduction can help address social stigmas or improve individual appearance by creating a more proportionate, shapely breast.
During the pre-operative consultation, your goals and desires will be discussed including your ideal breast size. Together, a decision will be made to provide the most ideal and long-lasting result for you.
About the procedure
A breast reduction is performed in the operating room with the patient asleep. The incisions used vary based on the patient’s breast measurements, size and degree of ptosis (droopiness). Typically, the incision is in the shape of an “anchor” or “inverted-T,” traveling around the areola, then a vertical line down towards the breast fold, and then a portion within the breast fold. Through this incision, excess breast skin/tissue is removed, and the remaining breast tissue and nipple are re-positioned to an appropriate position using suture techniques. Occasionally, liposuction is used to provide better shape to the breast, particularly in the lateral/outer chest area..
· Patients return home the same day after breast reduction surgery. You will notice your breasts are smaller immediately. Some swelling and bruising will be present which typically resolves by the two week mark. Aside from strenuous activity or heavy lifting, patients typically resume their normal activities shortly after surgery. After surgery, you will wear a soft, surgical bra for 6 weeks after surgery to help minimize swelling and support the breasts.
For more information, including answers to FAQs, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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