Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that accomplishes the following objectives:
- Reduces breast volume
- Improves breast shape
- Repositions the nipple/areola
Who should consider a breast reduction?
Women of all ages can experience problems related to exceptionally large, disproportionate breast size. Teenagers, women after childbearing, and post-menopausal women have all sought breast reduction in order to be relieved of these problems:
- Inability to fit into normal size clothes
- Shoulder, back, and breast pain
- Post lactation ptosis (sagging)
- Psychological issues related to abnormal body type
- Irritation or infection in the breast crease
How breast reduction surgery is performed
Breast reduction techniques will vary depending on the patient’s anatomy and individual needs. Three incisions are common during breast reduction: one travels around the nipple, another travels vertically from the nipple to the breast crease, and another is made within the breast crease. Liposuction and other surgical method are used to reduce and reshape the breast.
After breast reduction
Scars can be somewhat prominent after breast reduction, but they won’t be visible under clothing and they won’t reside above the areola. Scars also blend in with the skin better over time.
After surgery, the patient may be discharged on the same day or 24-48 hours later. Her chest will be wrapped in an elastic bandage, gauze dressings, or a surgical bra. Some soreness, swelling, and bruising should be expected, but pain can be (at least partially) controlled with medication. Exercise, driving, and upper body movements will need to be limited for about 4 weeks.
Breast reduction has a high satisfaction rate because it can allow a woman greater mobility, reduced pain, and a sense of normalcy regarding her body.
If you think you might benefit from a breast reduction, contact the office of Tracy Pfeifer MD to discuss this surgery in greater detail.