Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction or Mammaplasty 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.

Breast Reduction Candidates

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.

Breast Reduction Results

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.

How Is Reduction Mamaplasty Preformed?

Reduction mammaplasty is performed under general anesthesia. One of the following incisions is often used: two rings, one larger than the other, around the areola; 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. Liposuction alone is sometimes used to reduce breast size.

How Long Does It Take To Perform Breast Reduction?

Depending on the technique used and the individual case, reduction mammaplasty takes from 2 to 5 hours to perform.

Mamaplasty Recovery

After the breast reduction procedure, patients typically experience soreness, bruising and swelling for a few days. Bandages may be removed after 2 days, and replaced with a surgical bra. Physical activity should be limited for 1 to 2 weeks, while strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Stitches will be removed after 2 to 3 weeks, and most patients will be able to return to work and other regular activities.

Breast Reduction Risks

In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, risks related to reduction mammaplasty, depending on the technique used, include the following:

    • Scarring
    • Asymmetry
    • Excessive firmness
    • Inability to breast-feed
    • 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.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in getting a Breast Reduction, please contact Olack Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Call our office at (928) 537-6767 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Olack. Our practice serves Show Low, AZ and surrounding areas.

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