in Norwalk, CT
Patients considering breast reduction have probably thought about having the procedure performed for some time. Breast reduction creates smaller, more proportional breasts that complement the shape of your body. Whether secondary to genetics, weight gain, or pregnancy, we find that these are the happiest group of patients due to improvement in body image, strain relief of their upper back and shoulders, and improved appearance in clothes.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is performed on women who feel their breasts are too large for their body. You will discuss your surgical options with Dr. Rosen to determine if this surgical technique is the best option for you. All candidates should be in good health. You may consider reduction surgery if you experience one or more of the following issues:
- Neck and back pain caused by weighty breasts
- Skin irritation that results from excess skin and chafing
- A poorly proportioned body caused by substantial breast size
How Is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under a light general anesthesia and can last several hours. As with a breast lift, a reduction tightens the skin envelope to elevate the position of the breasts. Excess amounts of skin and fat are also removed from the breasts to reduce their overall size. Dr. Rosen may use the donut, lollipop, or anchor incision depending on the amount of reduction and skin removal needed. Self-dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions, which will help reduce the visibility of scarring. Your breasts will be wrapped following surgery, and you should be able to shower within 48 hours.
What Is Nipple-Areola Repositioning?
When reshaping the breasts during reduction surgery, the nipple-areola complex plays an essential role in achieving natural-looking results. We place the nipple-areola complex in a pleasing position on the breast. Additionally, the size of the areola may be reduced for a more balanced breast appearance. To accomplish these results, we do not have to remove the nipple-areola complex but, rather, leave it attached to its original blood supply. Raising the nipple-areola complex creates a more youthful and attractive look.
What Other Procedures Can Be Combined With a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is often performed for patients with larger breasts that have excess skin. Creating more proportional breasts can help craft a complementary physique. Combining breast reduction with other body contouring procedures, such as with a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover, can enhance your overall figure. The goal of performing these surgeries together is to provide you with comprehensive rejuvenation and the ideal look you want.
How Long Is My Recovery After Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is associated with little discomfort and downtime. You will initially experience bruising and swelling following your surgery. Patients should wear a special support bra throughout recovery to ensure maximum results. Your incisions will remain taped for several weeks, after which time scar gel can be applied. Most patients can return to work within two weeks and all other regular activities after four weeks.
When Will I See My Breast Reduction Results?
Residual swelling can persist for several months, which may impact the appearance of your results. Once this subsides, your final results will become apparent. Women who choose breast reduction surgery have a very high rate of satisfaction following their surgery. You should notice immediate relief from the pain caused by cumbersome breasts. While some scarring may develop, its extent will vary depending on the size and laxity of your breasts. Scars will take time to fade but will eventually improve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction
What is the difference between the donut, lollipop, and anchor incisions?
The incision option chosen for your breast reduction will depend on the size of your breasts and the amount of tissue expected to be removed. These techniques are named based on the shape of the incision.
- The donut incision is chosen for women who desire a small amount of reduction. This technique uses two concentric incisions made around the areola, through which a “donut” of tissue is removed.
- The lollipop incision is appropriate for women who desire a moderate amount of reduction and lift. This incision runs around the areola and extends vertically down the lower pole of the breast to the breast crease (inframammary fold). The resulting scar mimics the shape of a lollipop.
- The anchor lift (or inverted-T) is the gold standard for breast reduction and breast lift surgery as it allows for the most significant amount of removal and tightening. This incision runs around the areola, down the lower breast pole, and across the inframammary fold. When the tissue is removed, and the incisions are closed, the resulting scar will resemble an anchor or upside-down “T.” While this technique creates the largest scar, it is most appropriate for women with significantly large breasts who desire natural-looking results.
What is the difference between breast reduction and breast lift surgery?
Breast reduction surgery physically removes excess glandular tissue and fat. Breast lift surgery tightens and elevates the breasts without actually removing volume. Breast lift surgery is designed to restore youthful elevation and perkiness to the chest.
Should I combine my breast reduction with a breast lift?
Breast reduction surgery is nearly always performed with a breast lift; however, a breast lift does not require breast reduction. Breast lift surgery can be performed alone or in combination with another breast enhancement procedure, such as breast augmentation or breast revision.
How old do I have to be to undergo breast reduction?
While overly large breasts can develop later in life, they can also develop in young women experiencing puberty. The early development of significantly large breasts can be a physical and emotional burden, and women as young as their teens desire breast reduction.
To be a candidate for this procedure, you need to wait until your breasts have fully developed. Teenagers considering this procedure should be emotionally mature enough to handle this surgery. Breast reduction can help women of all ages who struggle with the challenges of oversized breasts.
Can I breastfeed after breast reduction?
Because breast reduction removes breast tissue around the milk ducts, the ducts can be damaged during the surgery or the connection between the milk ducts and the nipples can be severed. There is no way to guarantee that you will be able to breastfeed following breast reduction; however, many women are still able to do so, at least to some extent. If breastfeeding is a concern, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Rosen during your consultation.
Will my breast reduction results be permanent?
Breast reduction permanently removes excess breast tissue and fat. While the tissue and fat will not necessarily return, your results can be impacted by life changes, such as significant weight gain or pregnancy. However, even with these changes, your breasts are still likely to be smaller than they would have been without the surgery.