Breast Reduction Surgery
For some women, large breasts can impact their physical comfort and emotional well-being. Disproportionately sized breasts can negatively affect a woman’s ability to engage in some of the ordinary activities she loves; additionally, chronic neck and back pain are negative side effects that can come with large breasts. Cumbersome breasts may lack attractive shape or positioning. Breast reduction surgery improves the size, shape, and positioning of larger breasts by removing tissue and sculpting a new, pleasing appearance.
You should be in good health and have realistic expectations about your breast reduction results. You may be considering breast reduction surgery for one or more of the following reasons:
- Your weighty breasts cause chronic neck and back pain.
- You cannot engage in some activities due to physical or social discomfort caused by your breasts.
- Your large breasts have a pendulous, sagging shape.
- You desire breasts that are more proportional to the rest of your frame.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed in two to three hours. In most cases, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. Every breast reduction procedure is tailored to the needs of the patient, and a variety of techniques may be implemented in addition to tissue removal.
- Lollipop: An incision made around the areola and vertically down the lower breast tissue
- Used in cases of moderate reduction
- Anchor: Creates an incision similar to a lollipop but includes an additional line across the natural breast crease
- Used in cases of moderate or severe reduction
A breast lift procedure is combined with reduction surgery. Not only do we remove excess skin and fat from the breasts, but the remaining tissue is repositioned on the chest. This process creates a more attractive breast shape while placing it in a more aesthetically pleasing position on the chest.
Areola Reduction & Repositioning
Women with enlarged breasts often have wide or prominent areolas. When we reduce the size of the breast, we also improve the shape of the areola. If your nipple-areolar complex sits low on the breast or points downward, it is repositioned to restore a more natural aesthetic to the breasts.
Bruising and swelling are typical following breast reduction surgery. A tube top is worn throughout your recovery. We offer our patients a night’s stay in our Comfort Cottage, where a nurse is available to help with any concerns. Most patients return to their usual routine after three weeks, but you should avoid heavy lifting for up to six weeks. Your final results will usually show around six weeks after swelling has subsided.
Risks and Results
Breast reduction surgery, like all surgery, does pose some minor risks, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in breast sensitivity. There is a possibility that reduction surgery will impact your ability to breastfeed. Make sure to discuss any needs or concerns you might have with your surgeon if you desire to nurse in the future. Once your initial recovery is over, your risk of complication is significantly reduced. Breast reduction provides you with a long-lasting enhancement in your breast appearance. However, future weight gain or pregnancy may cause your breasts to increase in size.