Breast Reduction Overview
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Having very large breasts can be a blessing, or to some women a curse. Each year thousands of women undergo a surgical procedure called breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty. This surgery consists of the removal of excess glandular tissue and skin. Breast reduction is performed to make large breasts smaller, lighter and firmer. It will also allow the breasts to be more proportionate to the rest of the patient’s body.
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Large breasts may cause a significant number of physical and emotional problems for women. Oversized or heavy breasts can lead to persistent or severe back pain, as well as shoulder indentations from bra straps. Other individuals may suffer from low self esteem and/or constant self consciousness and frequently feel the need to cover up their overly large breasts. Whatever the reason, breast reduction is an increasingly popular surgical procedure that helps to better the lives of many women.
A typical breast reduction surgery lasts between two and five hours and is performed with general anesthesia in either the hospital or in the surgeon’s office-based facility. Breast reduction is normally performed on both breasts in order to ensure that the breasts are as even as possible. While there are several different ways to perform this surgery, the most common technique involves an anchor-shaped incision that encircles the nipple, extends vertically down and then runs horizontally along the crease beneath the breast. There are other techniques which involve less extensive incisions and scarring which may be appropriate for certain individuals. Working through this incision, extra skin along with excess fatty and glandular tissue is excised. If the breasts are extremely large, the nipple will be removed and moved to a higher area, thus causing the patient to lose sensation in this region.
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After breast reduction, patients either go home or remain overnight in the hospital depending on the individual patient’s needs. Post surgery the breasts will be wrapped in either a surgical bra or a bandage. Gauze will need to be used the first several days. There may be a tube for drainage in order to collect excess fluids and blood that commonly occurs after this surgery. Patients may experience mild to moderate pain and the breasts will be sore for several weeks after the surgery. However, the discomfort during recovery is typically very tolerable as patients are generally very relieved to have the breasts reduced. Most patients should be able to return to work within one to three weeks, though strenuous activities and exercise should not be resumed until four to six weeks post surgery. Stitches will be removed within seven to ten days. The majority of swelling, bruising and soreness will resolve within six months and the scar will continue to fade for up to two years.
Breast reduction may also be combined with a breast lift or liposuction. A consultation with Dr. Miller will help to determine the best procedure to help you meet your individual goals.