What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, involves removal of excess breast skin, fat and gland to improve the appearance of the breast and to help alleviate the symptoms associated with large breasts.
Reduction Mammaplasty Candidates
Individuals with large breasts that are experiencing the following symptoms would be the ideal candidate for a breast reduction:
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder grooves from the bra strap
- Rashes beneath the breast
- Difficulty exercising
- Difficulty finding bras that fit
- Trouble maintaining good posture
Types Of Breast Reduction Incisions
One of the following incisions is often used:
- Two rings – one larger than the other, around the areola
- A keyhole shape – around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape – beginning in the breast crease and extending up to and around the areola
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the technique used and the individual case, it can take 2 to 5 hours to perform. During the procedure, one of our doctors will remove the fat, skin, and excess glandular tissue. After the nipple is moved to its new position, the new contour of the breast will be shaped by bringing the remaining skin down and around the areola. Liposuction may also be used to remove any excess fat that remains under the armpit area or as an alternative.
Breast Reduction Before And After
*Individual results may vary
Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. After surgery, you will be placed into a surgical bra. The surgical bra is worn most of the time until your follow-up visit. At that time you may go into a softer bra. Most patients take 2 weeks off of work. You may be able to return to work sooner depending on the type of job. Strenuous jobs may require longer time off of work. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you determine the time off of work at the time of your consultation.
Can I Breastfeed After My Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery removes portions of the milk-producing parts of the breast. Because of this, some people will have difficulty with breastfeeding after surgery as milk production might not be sufficient.
Alternatives To Breast Reduction Surgery
Liposuction alone can sometimes be used to reduce breast size. One advantage of liposuction is that it leaves little-to-no scarring. However, because liposuction removes only fatty tissue, patients must have more fatty tissue than glandular tissue in their breasts. Liposuction is often used on men whose breasts are enlarged.
Risks Of Reduction Mammaplasty
In addition to the risks associated with any surgical procedure, risks related to breast reduction, depending on the technique used, include the following:
- Excessive firmness
- Loss of sensation
- Inability to breast-feed
- Partial or total loss of areola and nipple
- Loss of skin/tissue where incisions meet
Although reduction mammaplasty provides long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging and gravity.
Schedule A Consultation
Schedule your consultation today to meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to determine if breast reduction is right for you. Call (616) 459-1907 to contact our Grand Rapids office today!