What is Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to remove fat, glandular tissue, and skin to decrease the size of the breasts. This can help patients who suffer from neck and back pain, headaches, poor posture, and other issues such as recurrent rashes.
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Am I A Candidate For Breast Reduction?
Ideal candidates for breast reduction are women with oversized breasts that are causing medical problems, or physical or social discomfort. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot undergo reduction mammaplasty.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Reduction mammaplasty is performed under general anesthesia. One of the following incisions is often used: a keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease; or an anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease, and extending up to and around the areola.
How Long Does It Take To Perform a Reduction Mammoplasty?
Depending on the technique used and the individual case, reduction mammaplasty takes from 2 to 5 hours to perform.
Breast Reduction Before & After
Results of Breast Reduction Surgery
The results of reduction mammaplasty are noticeable immediately after surgery. As swelling and bruising subside, the breasts’ appearance improves. Although reduction mammaplasty provides long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging, weight gain, and gravity. Dr. Olack will discuss what results you can achieve prior to surgery.
What Is Recovery Like From Reduction Mammaplasty?
After the breast reduction procedure, patients typically experience soreness, bruising and swelling for a few days. Physical activity should be limited for 1 to 2 weeks, while strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 4 weeks.
What Are The Risks Of Breast Reduction Surgery?
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, risks related to reduction mammaplasty, depending on the technique used, include the following:
- Loss of sensation
- Partial or total loss of areola and nipple
- Loss of skin/tissue where incisions meet
Although breast reductions provide long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging and gravity.