Bigger isn't always better
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.
Breast Reduction Candidates
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
Breast Reduction Procedure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.