As one of the most popular, sought out breast procedures, a breast reduction reduces the size of the breasts and offers patients relief from any physical or emotional pain that large breasts may cause. Patients may choose to undergo a breast reduction for a variety of reasons, including:
- Large breast size
- Upper back and neck pain
- Rashes below breasts
- Breast asymmetry
- Emotional distress and embarrassment
Dr. Rednam understands that every woman is different, and may be seeking a reduction for any reason. She also gets that many women can become frustrated with their large breasts, especially when they cause physical pain, or are simply too large for their body. This is why, during an initial consultation, she will sit down with you and provide you surgical options to reduce your breast volume and elevate the breasts, to provide symptom relieve and an aesthetically pleasing result.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Patients undergoing a breast reduction are placed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Next, Dr. Rednam will make an incision based on the patient’s desired outcome and anatomy. The options include:
- Circular incision around the areola
- Keyhole incision: circular incision around the areola with a vertical incision down the breast crease
- Inverted T/Anchor shaped incision: a circular incision around the areola with a vertical incision down the breast crease and around the underside of the breast
Once the incision is made, Dr. Rednam leaves the nipple attached to its nerves and blood supply. She then reduces the areola by excising the perimeter skin, so it can be repositioned after the reduction if needed. Next, the patient’s underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. In some cases in which the patients have large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may get removed, via a free nipple graft, and transplanted to a higher position on the breast.
Next, the incisions are brought together to reshape the reduced breasts. Dr. Rednam places the sutures within the breast tissue to help support the new breasts. Then, sutures and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but usually fade after time.
Breast Reduction Recovery
After the procedure, dressings and bandages are placed over the incisions. Dr. Rednam may provide an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts while they heal. A thin drainage tube may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid.
Dr. Rednam will provide patients with instructions on how to care for their new breasts after surgery. Many patients resume light activity about two weeks after the procedure.
Most patients see immediate and long-lasting results, though their breast shape may change slightly due to weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, gravity, and aging.