IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND APPEARANCE WITH A BREAST REDUCTION

WHAT IS BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

The problems that come with being a woman with large breasts are numerous. Many of these women suffer from back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, breathing problems, and annoying indents created by bra straps. An effective solution to these many problems is a breast reduction, a procedure that removes skin, fat, and glandular tissue from breasts which makes them smaller, lighter, and firmer.

Breast reduction surgery typically takes about two to three hours to perform and it requires an outpatient visit under general anesthesia. Most patients have the best results with a vertical or short scar reduction which involves making vertical incisions around the areola. If additional tissue removal is required, an anchor-shaped incision is made around the areola and in the crease under the breast. After incisions are made, fat, tissue, and skin is removed and the areola is repositioned. Occasionally liposuction is needed to remove extra fat around the area.

In most breast reduction procedures, the nipples will stay attached to the nerves and blood vessels. However, if the breasts are extremely large, it’s possible that the nipples will need to be removed and repositioned, which will create a loss of sensation in the nipple and the surrounding area.

POST-OP AND RECOVERY

After your breast reduction procedure, small drainage tubes may need to be inserted into each breast. Your chest area will be wrapped in bandages and you will be required to wear an elastic surgical bra. The bandages will be removed in about two days and you will be required to wear the bra for several weeks.Most patients return to work after about two weeks. Pain is common after breast reduction surgery, especially during your first post-op menstruation. It may also occur in random bursts for months after the surgery. Numbness or loss of sensation is expected but will fade in 6 weeks to a year. Rarely is this loss of sensation permanent.

RISKS OF BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY

There is a potential for complication after breast reduction surgery, including infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, asymmetry, trouble breastfeeding, and loss of blood supply in the nipple and surrounding tissue. Scarring will occur with breast reduction surgery. These risks very rarely occur and the Greenwich Center for Plastic Surgery has performed several breast reduction procedures with exceptional results.