About Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is performed on patients with large, heavy breasts. Skin, fat, and breast tissue are all removed and the nipple repositioned higher to achieve a smaller, perkier breast. This is done to remove excess skin, breast tissue, and fat in patients who have overly large breasts and decrease areolar size.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral pain medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-op instructions.