Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty)
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes unnecessary breast fat and skin tissue in women suffering from macromastia, or overly large breasts. The excess weight on the chest can cause chronic physical pain.
In addition, it could cause psychological conditions, including breathing difficulty, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, postural issues, skeletal deformities, chafing and/or skin irritation and emotional suffering related to poor self esteem. The results and benefits of reduction mammoplasty are ranked among the highest in plastic surgery patient satisfaction.
Surgical Process Explained
Breast reduction surgery typically requires two to four hours. Your doctor will recommend whether general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is the best option for you. Medications will also be administered throughout the procedure to ensure your comfort.
While the appropriate incision technique will vary according to individual breast composition and desired breast reduction results, the surgeon usually applies three incisions: one circling the areola, the second running straight from the areola downwards to the breast crease, and the third underlining the natural arch of the breast crease.
After the incisions are made, the targeted excess fat and skin tissue are removed by surgical extraction, and in some cases combined with liposuction methods. Sutures and/or surgical adhesives are used to close the incisions and support the new breast shape. Bandages or surgical dressings will then be applied to the incisions for proper healing. Your surgeon may place a drainage tube at the surgical site to help drain any excess fluids from the surgery. This tube is usually removed after 24 hours. In addition to this surgery, you could also consult with your doctor about any mastectomy procedure you’ll be interest in.
Recovery Period After Surgery
Approximate recovery time is one to two weeks.* It is common to experience moderate discomfort, swelling and bruising at the surgery site, but your doctor will prescribe oral medication for pain control. You will likely be ordered to wear a support bra for healing and comfort purposes. Most patients can return to work the week following breast reduction surgery.* However, physical activities, such as exercising and playing sports, must wait four to six weeks post procedure.*
Frequently Ask Questions Regarding Mammoplasty
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction, also known as Mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of large, heavy breasts. This procedure will make the chest more proportionate in size to the rest of the body; relieving strain on the back, neck, and shoulders.
How is a Breast Reduction performed?
A Breast Reduction involves a periareola and inverted T-incision (around the nipple, down the breast, and horizontally across the breast crease). Once an incision is made, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed; often Liposuction is used in the armpit area for a sculpted breast contour. The nipples are then repositioned and the incisions sutured.
Who is a good candidate for a Breast Reduction?
The ideal candidate for a Breast Reduction will be a nonsmoking woman, in good health, seeking relief from a heavy, large chest.
Where is the Breast Reduction procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs all Breast Reduction procedures at the nearby Star Point Surgery Center.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Breast Reduction?
A Breast Reduction is performed under general anesthesia.
How long does a Breast Reduction procedure take?
Depending on the specific patient, a Breast Reduction will take between three and five hours.
What can I expect from the Breast Reduction recovery?
The recovery from a Breast Reduction is expected to last from seven to ten days.* Some tenderness, swelling, and bruising may be experienced initially. Dr. Kessler will prescribe appropriate medications to keep patients comfortable at home. All strenuous lifting and exercise should wait for at least four to six weeks.*
When can I return to work after a Breast Reduction?
Patients are normally feeling well enough to return to work three to five days after their Breast Reduction.*
What are the risks of a Breast Reduction?
A Breast Reduction is a safe and effective procedure, although there is the risk of complications involved with any surgery. These may include excessive bleeding, poor healing, asymmetry, and numbness around the nipple.*
Will a Breast Reduction leave scars?
Yes, there will be visible scarring after a Breast Reduction; this runs around the areola, down the breast, and across the breast crease.
Can I finance my Breast Reduction?
Kessler Plastic Surgery accepts a wide variety of payment choices: cash, all major credit cards, and financing through CareCredit. An online application will provide immediate approval for your line of credit; no down payment is required.
*Your Results May Vary