Breast reduction is a procedure that removes fat, tissue, and skin from a woman's breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The goal of this procedure is to leave the woman with smaller, better-shaped breasts that are proportional to the rest of her body.
REASONS TO CONSIDER
• You have very large breasts that cause discomfort.
• You have back pain due to your large breasts.
• You have breathing problems due to your large breasts.
• You have skeletal deformities due to your large breasts.
During surgery, an anchor-shaped incision is made around the areola and extended downward along the natural contour of the breast. Incisions outline the new position for the nipple as well as the area of skin, breast tissue, and fat that will be removed. Liposuction may be performed to remove fat around the armpit area if needed. Stitches are then placed around the areola in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. In some cases, liposuction alone can be used to reduce the breast size, leaving minimal scars.
RECOVERING FROM THIS SURGERY
Immediately after surgery you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or surgical bra. A small tube might be placed in each breast to drain blood and fluids for the first day or two. Some pain and discomfort will be experienced the first few days after the surgery, especially when you move around or cough. Bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery, but you will continue to wear the surgical bra for several weeks until you heal.