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Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure which involves the reduction in the size of the breasts; it may also involve lifting of the breasts. As with breast augmentation, this procedure is almost universally performed exclusively on women. It is formally known as reduction mammaplasty. Liposuction and breast reduction procedures are often needed by a patient who has lost a considerable amount of weight or who still needs to do so.

You should always ask your doctor about the risk you assume during and after your surgery. This procedure is designed for women who have large breasts that hang down or sag. If you have seen breast reduction before and after photos, you understand the marked improvement the surgery can make. Women with large, pendulous breasts may experience neck, back and breathing problems.

Women who seek breast reduction surgery also may feel uncomfortable with the size of their breasts in proportion to the rest of their body. They may also experience discomfort from bra straps leaving indentations in their skin. Reduction mammoplasty gives the recipient smaller, lighter and firmer breasts. This means that the size of the areola and nipples may also be reduced.

Except in extreme cases, this procedure is only performed on individuals with fully developed breasts. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast feed. It is almost always performed under general anesthesia. During pre-operative visits, the doctor and patient may decide on new (usually higher) positions of the areolas and nipples.

The most common breast reduction procedure involves making an anchor-shaped incision which circles the areola. This incision extends downward and follows the natural curve of the breast. Your surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. After that, the nipple and areola are moved into their new (usually higher) position.

Finally, remaining skin from both sides of the breast is brought down around the areola and reattached. In more extreme cases, the nipple and areola may need to be completely removed for relocation. Sensation from the areola area will be lost when this particular procedure is performed.

Patients may take a few weeks for initial recovery; however, it may take from six months to a year for the body to completely adjust to the new breast size. Some women may experience discomfort during their initial menstruation following the surgery due to the breasts swelling.

Scarless Breast Reduction?

Scarring from this procedure is extensive and permanent. Initially the scars are lumpy and red, but they gradually subside. In the end, scars will be smaller and look like thin white lines. Though permanent, the surgeon can generally make the scars inconspicuous to the point that even low-cut tops may be worn without visible scars.

See also: breast reconstruction, male breast reduction

External links

In-depth discussion of reduction mammaplasty

Includes illustrations from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What is a Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure?

When most people think about breast surgery, they think of breast implants or a breast lift. Those are procedures which improve the look of breasts in ways that patients can’t accomplish in any other way. Breast reduction surgery procedures are done for women and men who have excess fat or skin on the breasts that is uncomfortable, unhealthy, and has resisted other attempts at removal, including dieting and weight loss. Very large breasts can make someone feel unattractive, such as men with excess breast fat. But they can also pose medical problems such as back pain and difficulty exercising and losing weight.

How Do Breasts Look After a Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure?

Surgeons who do breast reduction surgery use a couple of techniques in order to preserve the majority of the skin of the breast that the patient will want to look beautiful after the procedure. Incisions are made below the breast and in a vertical line from the base of the breast up to the areola. Excess fat and skin is removed and then the incision is closed again in a way that makes the breast look nice. The removal of tissues is primary, but of course every plastic surgeon is working to make sure that the results are attractive and that their patients are happy.

Can Anyone Get a Breast Reduction?

If you’re curious, you should speak to doctor about your options. However, you do need to be in generally good health to undergo surgery, and breast reduction surgery procedures are not a weight loss tool. If you’ve lost a lot of weight but still have large breasts, you are most likely a candidate for a breast reduction surgery procedure.

Breast reduction surgery is a major surgery, so make sure you speak to a surgeon about the process and ask any questions you can think of.