Breast reduction is a fairly common outpatient plastic surgery procedure, which is performed to bring your breasts more in proportion to the rest of your body. It’s often done to relieve back and shoulder pain as well.
Prior to your procedure, I will “mark” the areas where incisions will be made with a special pen (the marks are washed off before you leave the operating room). My anesthesiologist will give you general anesthesia, so you’ll be “out” during the procedure. After you’re sound asleep, I’ll make an incision between the nipple and the inframammary fold (where the breast meets the chest wall, under the breast). This incision is often called a lollipop incision or inverted “T”. Excess breast tissue is carefully removed to create an even, natural appearance. The areola will be repositioned on the breast and excess skin removed. I always perform a breast lift in conjunction with breast reduction to be sure your breasts are both lift and smaller, to insure a natural appearance. Before leaving the OR, you’ll be fitted with a special bra to support the breasts during the recovery phase.
Most patients recover from a breast reduction with a minimum of discomfort, thanks to the supportive bra that you will wear 24 hours a day (except for showering) for approximately a month. Most of our patients feel fairly well in about a week, though it takes approximately six weeks for full healing.
For about a month following a breast reduction, please avoid any strenuous exercise or lifting, or any activities which use your chest muscles or require you to lift your arms over your head.
Some patients do experience a lack of sensation in the nipple area following this procedure, though it’s generally temporary and disappears at the area heals. There will be noticeable scars from this procedure though they will fade with time.
Breast reduction surgery has a huge effect on the lives of my patients who have suffered from oversize breasts—some of them for years—that have hindered their comfort and self-confidence. If you’d like to evaluate the possibility of a breast reduction, please call our office or complete the consultation request form below.