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What is a breast reduction?
A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. By reducing the size of the breasts the procedure can also help to alleviate the discomfort. Having breasts in proportion with the rest of the body can help relieve back pain and can help with fitting into clothing. A breast reduction can create breasts that are still full and attractive after surgery, just a more manageable size.
What do I need to know?
Breasts are an attractive feature of the female body, but if breasts are too large woman may experience problems. Some women are self-conscious about their breasts, or they may consider that their breasts are attracting too much attention. Large, pendulous breasts also require a great deal of back support because they can place a heavy burden on the back and/or shoulders. Large breasts can also make sports and exercise more difficult due to their weight and/or size. Some women may find shopping for clothing difficult due to the size of their breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through a variety of incisions. These incisions allow for surgical removal of excess fullness, glandular tissue, and skin. In some cases, excess fat may even be removed through liposuction.
For the patient with a small amount of skin laxity, an incision around the nipple is made. For those with more skin laxity a ‘lollipop’ technique is performed with a vertical incision. The ‘Wise’ pattern adds a horizontal incision to the procedure and is only reserved for those with a great deal of laxity. Dr. D’Souza will discuss all incisions with you and tailor your procedure to your specific needs. During your consultation, Dr. D’Souza will take several measurements to determine which procedural technique is right for you.
What to expect during a Breast Reduction/Lift
The breast reduction is performed in the operating room. All incisions will be discussed in detail with you before starting the procedure. To safely provide you with the best results an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia during the procedure. Following the inducement of anesthesia, the incisions are made and breast tissue and skin are removed. The nipple may be repositioned for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Overall, the procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
What to expect after the Breast Reduction/Lift
Our technique involves strict attention to avoiding trauma to the pectoral muscles. We also inject local medicine to numb the area over the chest wall. This technique decreases discomfort and enhances recovery. In the first few days, your breasts will be sore, however, discomfort can mostly be controlled with over the counter or prescription pain medications. Physical contact should be avoided until your breasts are no longer sore. After the recovery stage, you’ll be able to enjoy your new body image for years to come.
How long will the results last?
Your results may not last forever. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain/loss, and age may affect the size and shape of your breasts over time.
Am I a Candidate?
Patients in the market for a breast reduction/lift have usually experienced or thought about the following:
- Correcting or decreasing large breast size
- Shoulder, neck, back pain
- Irritation or infection of the skin under breast
- Headaches associated with neck pain
- Difficulty fitting into clothing