Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that makes breasts smaller, lighter and firmer. The reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast, as well as removing and tightening the excess skin. Large heavy breasts can be associated with neck, back and shoulder pain along with bra-strap grooving and skin irritation. Women who have undergone breast reduction surgery tend to feel lighter, healthier, and more comfortable both in activities of daily life and in social settings, with a more proportionate appearance.
Breast Reduction is helpful for:
- For relief of back, neck and shoulder pain due to excessively heavy breasts.
- For sagging breasts of large size.
- For social anxiety associated with disproportionately large breasts.
- For restoring an active life-style limited by the size and weight of one’s breasts.
- For relief of bra-strap grooving and skin irritations due to heavy pendulous breasts.
A breast reduction procedure will usually involve an incision around the areola of the nipple, a vertical incision extending from the nipple to the breast crease, and an incision along the breast crease itself. This incision is referred to sometimes as an “anchor type” of incision. This technique allows the surgeon to remove excess breast fat and tissue as well as tighten the skin and elevate the nipple position. It is similar to a breast lift, except that the breast fat and tissue are being removed also to make the breast smaller, and not just lifted. Once you have been properly measured by your physician and the amount of breast weight to be removed is assessed, your specific surgical goals can then be discussed to maximize your result, while minimizing your incisions when possible and maintaining nipple sensation. Occasionally liposuction is used in conjunction to recontour the body shape.
Generally, the procedure length is 3 to 4 hours, and performed as a short overnight stay.
Recovering From Breast Reduction Surgery
The post-operative instructions call for rest and limited upper body/chest movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Commonly, people are back to work within 10-14 days; strenuous activity and exercise, usually after 4 weeks. Pain is treated with oral medication. Complications are rare however skin healing, nipple sensation and scar care should be reviewed with your surgeon to minimize potential problems after the operation.
Scheduling a Consultation
Dr. David Morales is an experienced, trusted, and Board Certified plastic surgeon willing to educate patients on the right choices for their bodies. In order to schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Morales regarding your potential breast reduction procedure, he invites you to fill out an online contact form.