Breast Reduction Surgery
What is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
What happens during breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on the breasts while surgically removing the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin.
Medications are administered for your comfort during breast reduction surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Incision options include
• A circular pattern around the areola
The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra.
• A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
• An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern
After the incision is made, the nipple (which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply) is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary.
Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).
The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.