Breast reduction is a practical and popular plastic surgery procedure for large-breasted women who are unhappy with their appearance and want relief from back pain, breathing problems, poor posture and other health issues large breasts may cause. Many of the women seeking plastic surgeons who specialize in breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reconstruction procedures, come to the Peer Medical Group. Breast reduction surgery can help patients regain confidence and enjoy a renewed self-image by creating a body contour they are proud of. You can see the results achieved in photographs of patients taken before and after plastic surgery performed by our specialists.
Candidates for Breast Reduction
Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are women with oversized breasts that cause medical problems, low self-esteem, physical or social discomfort or frustrations with the size of their breasts. Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding while undergoing breast reduction. Breast reduction can also be performed on men suffering from gynecomastia, a condition that causes excess tissue to form in the pectoral areas. Prior to your breast reduction procedure, one of our plastic surgeons will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations for surgery, as well as inform you of the details of your particular procedure. This discussion is important in helping patients achieve the precise results they desire. It is also important for patients to understand the details and risks associated with this procedure, and to have realistic expectations about what they will see in the mirror after a breast reduction. Each procedure is fully customized for each individual patient.
Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about two to four hours, depending on the techniques used and each patient’s individual case. Your breast reduction surgeon removes fat and glandular tissue from the breast while tightening skin to produce smaller breasts that are more comfortable and in healthier proportion to the rest of the body. There are several different types of incisions that breast reduction surgeons may use for this procedure. Your cosmetic plastic surgeon will determine the best type for you after evaluating your breasts.
- Traditional Breast Reduction Surgery – This technique involves an anchor-shaped incision and is ideal for women with extremely large breasts, although breast reduction scarring is usually more apparent. Skin, fat and tissue can be removed from the lower breast, and the nipples and areolas may be repositioned as well.
- Vertical Incision Breast Reduction – Also known as short-scar, this technique involves incisions that extend around the areola and down to the breast crease for a lollipop shape. Vertical incision is ideal for women with moderately large breasts who do not require extensive tissue removal. It creates shapelier results and leaves less visible scars from breast reduction than traditional breast reduction operations.
- Scarless Breast Reduction – Scarless breast reduction uses liposuction techniques to reduce the size of the breast with little to no scarring. Since liposuction only removes fatty tissue in the breast, patients should have more fatty tissue than glandular tissue. This technique is commonly used for breast reduction for men.
Recovery from Breast Reduction
After the breast reduction procedure, patients will likely experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days during their breast reduction recovery. Physical activity should be limited for one to two weeks, while exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four weeks post breast reduction surgery. Patients will return to the doctor to have stitches removed after approximately two to three weeks, at which point most will be able to return to work and other regular activities. The results of the breast reduction procedure are noticeable immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. It is important to see your doctor for regular follow-up visits during your recovery from breast reduction to ensure that your breasts are healing properly. Scars from the breast reduction surgery will continue to fade with time and their location will ensure they are concealed by a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top.
For further information about breast reduction, contact the Peer Group team of plastic surgeons in northern New Jersey who specialize in this procedure, as well as other cosmetic procedures involving the breasts and a complete range of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures.