Women with very large breasts often complain of pain, discomfort, back problems, recurring rashes, and even emotional distress. For them, the answer can be breast reduction surgery.
What is breast reduction?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a type of surgery that removes excess fat and breast tissue. The surgeon reshapes and reduces the size of the breasts so that they are more proportional to patient’s body.
What breast reduction methods are available?
There are several breast reduction methods, including the traditional inverted T incision and the vertical short scar breast incision. Your breast reduction may also be done using liposuction.
Breast reduction surgery is not only for women; men can opt for this surgery, as well. Many men have excess breast tissue, a condition commonly known as gynecomastia. This condition not only affects a man’s appearance, but also his confidence. The best option for these patients is male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Price often performs the procedure by making tiny incisions, and it is usually accompanied by liposuction. Your treatment options will be discussed by Dr. Price during your consultation.
What is nipple reduction?
There are cases when nipples appear to sag and are excessively protuberant. In such cases, nipple reduction surgery will correct the problem.
What happens during breast reduction surgery?
To gain access to the tissue inside, Dr. Price makes one or more incisions in the breast. After excess fat and tissue are removed, the skin is closed using stitches. The nipple and areola (dark area that surrounds the nipple) may have to be repositioned due to the new size of the breast.
Liposuction is sometimes needed during surgery. In some cases, if there is excess fatty tissue but not excess skin, liposuction alone may be sufficient.
Breast reduction is usually done on an outpatient basis while the patient is under general anesthesia. The procedure typically takes 3 to 5 hours. Smaller breast reductions can be performed using local anesthesia.
What can I expect after breast reduction surgery?
After surgery, gauze will cover your incisions. The breasts may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra. Your stitches dissolve on their own.
Pain may be present during the first few days after surgery, but should respond to pain medication. Bruising and swelling may remain for several weeks. To help reduce bruising and swelling, you may have to wear a surgical bra to support your breasts as they heal.
Regular activities can be resumed after a couple of weeks, as instructed by Dr. Price. However, you should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for a minimum of two weeks.
After breast reduction surgery, expect to have visible scars. Scars are almost always found in places that can be hidden by a bra. They fade significantly over time.