Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is designed to remove excess skin and breast tissue in order to correct excessively large, sagging, pendulous breasts. Large breasts can interfere with normal activities, cause neck, back, and breast pain, deformities of the shoulders and back, and rashes under the breasts. Surgery is extremely successful for those patients with these symptoms. The procedure also improves the shape of the breast. Breast Reduction surgery produces the greatest satisfaction of all procedures performed by plastic surgeons.

Breast reduction surgery is performed by making predefined incisions in the breasts to remove excess skin and tissue. The nipple is then elevated and the remaining tissue is redraped and closed. There is generally a vertical scar beneath the nipple, a horizontal scar under the breast where it meets the chest wall, and a scar surrounding the areola (the pigmented skin immediately surrounding the nipple). Liposuction of the different areas of the chest may be performed in order to improve the contour. Other techniques may be performed depending on your anatomy or your surgeon’s preference.

The procedure requires a general anesthetic and is performed as an outpatient at the ambulatory surgery center. Surgical time is approximately 4 hours.

After the operation, you will wear a soft bra for support. Swelling and discoloration may occur but will disappear. Stitches are removed in ten to fourteen days. Activities are limited for the first few days. One can usually return to work in one week. Strenuous activity is limited for six weeks after surgery.

After the surgery you may experience a temporary change in nipple and breast sensation. This usually improves gradually. Complications associated with this procedure include bleeding, infection, and inability to breast-feed. Less common risks include loss of nipple sensation, loss of tissue and nipple necrosis requiring grafting or reconstruction.



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