The goal of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the size of your breasts and reshape them to achieve a breast size that is proportionate with your body. This may also aide in alleviating any physical discomfort associated with overly large breasts. This procedure may help improve both your health and emotional discomfort associated with large breasts. The emotional discomfort and self-image issues often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as equally important to many women as the physical discomfort and pain. Take control by enhancing your appearance and regaining your active lifestyle today!
A breast reduction is a good option for you if:
- Your breasts are too large for your frame
- You experience neck, back or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Your breasts limit your physical activity
- Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
- You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
- You are unhappy and self-conscious about the appearance of your breast size
- Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
- You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
- You have enlarged areolas (the darker skin surrounding the nipples) caused by stretched skin
- You have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
If you are in good health, poise a positive attitude and realistic expectations, then you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Shah will take a complete medical history and examine the areas of concern in advance of planning your breast reduction. You will be asked about your desired breast size and breast appearance and any other medical considerations. Dr. Shah will factor in the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of your nipples and areolas (the darker skin surrounding the nipples).
This process will help Dr. Shah to better understand your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved. Then, this information will be used to formulate a surgical plan that will obtain the best outcome based on the discussed goals of the procedure. Dr. Shah will select the surgical technique that will offer the lowest risk with maximum results. Both Dr. Shah and his staff will thoroughly explain the surgical technique and answer any questions on the procedure.
Overview of the Procedure
Your breast reduction surgery will be performed in one of our fully accredited surgical facilities. The procedure takes 3 to 5 hours to complete. You will need to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you to and from the surgery center and care for you during the first 24 hours after surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with the surgical removal of excess fat, tissue and skin. The nipple and areola will be shifted to a higher position and if needed, the areolas may be reduced in size.
In breast reductions, different techniques for removing excess breast fat, tissue and skin determine the location of the incisions and resulting scars. Dr. Shah will select a technique based on your breast size and shape, areola size and position, degree of breast sagging, skin quality and elasticity and how much extra skin you have.
Techniques for breast reduction involve these commonly used incision patterns:
- Donut incision, also called periareolar incision – A circular pattern made solely around the border of the areolas.
- Keyhole incision, also known as a lollipop incision – An incision made around the border of the areolas and vertically down from the areolas to the breast crease.
- Anchor incision, also known as an upside down T incision – This common technique involves three distinct cuts. One incision is made around the border of the areolas; the second extends down vertically from the areolas to the breast crease and merges with a third incision horizontally along the breast crease.
Dr. Shah is careful to conceal some of the incision lines in natural breast contours, but others will be visible on the breast surface. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases they will fade and significantly improve over time.
After your breast reduction surgery, you will experience temporary bruising, swelling, and some discomfort. The incisions are closed with stitches and breasts are bandaged for comfort and support during recovery. A special support bra will need to be worn to aid recovery. Your breasts may feel tight and swollen for 1 week after surgery. Many compare the sensation to engorgement with milk during pregnancy and breast-feeding. You may experience difficulty raising your arms. During the second week you should begin to feel more normal as the soreness resolves. Most women take 10 to 14 days off from work to recover. You will be able to resume normal activities including exercise usually within four weeks.
Dr. Shah and his staff will closely monitor your progress by providing specific postoperative care instructions and schedule a follow up visit to the office to ensure a smooth healing and recovery.
If you would like more information on breast reduction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact the Medical Spa today.
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