A breast reduction, also referred to as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and improve the shape of the breasts. Typically, women who are candidates for this procedure have physical symptoms related to the weight or shape of their breasts. Our team of experienced surgeons regularly performs breast reduction for women who want to improve breasts proportion with the rest of the body, or who want relief from back or neck pain caused by overly large breasts.
An incision is made around the nipple and areola accompanied by a vertical incision below the areola with or without a horizontal incision made in the crease below the breast. Short scar techniques are frequently applicable in breast reduction surgery and allow excellent reduction of size with improved shape while limiting the extent of the incisions.
For reduction of very large breasts, in some cases the nipple and areola may need to be surgically removed and reapplied as a graft. Removing and reapplying the nipple/areola tissue will result in the loss of nipple sensation and the inability to breastfeed.
The procedure usually requires 2-4 hours of operating time depending upon the technique chosen and the size of the breasts.
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia supplemented with local anesthesia. Smaller reductions can be performed under intravenous sedation without the need for general anesthesia.
Depending on the size of the breasts, type of anesthesia selected, and length of the surgical procedure, patients may return home on the same day as their surgery or spend the night under professional supervision.
BENEFIT OF BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- A wider choice of bras/swimwear
- Improvement in posture
- The ability to wear more fitted clothing
- Reduced chance backache
- Ability to participate in sporting activities