While breast augmentation year in and year out is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, for some overly large breasts are nothing but a burden. Back pain, poor posture, chafing, inability to partake in certain athletic and exercise endeavors, even difficulty in breathing — these are issues that come with overly large breasts. Plus, women can become so self-conscious about the undo attention their breasts generate that they avoid social interaction.
For those women, breast reduction surgery is the answer. Reduction surgery removes fat, glandular breast tissue, and skin to make the breasts smaller and more firm.
How is a breast reduction surgery done?
There are different ways to perform breast reduction surgery, based on the type of incisions used. In your consultation, Dr. Trovato will discuss the various options with you and together you will settle on the approach that fits your situation.
Traditional breast reduction surgery involves the creation of an anchor-shaped incision, which is ideal for patients who have extremely large breasts. This method allows the most fat, tissue, and skin to be removed, but it also causes the most scarring. The nipples and areolas will likely be moved, as well.
A second option is the short-scar technique, known as a vertical incision breast reduction. This method uses incisions around the areola and down to the crease of the breast in the shape of a lollipop. This approach can be effective for women with moderately large breasts. It creates somewhat less scarring.
For patients with mostly fatty tissue in their breasts, the scarless breast reduction technique may work. This method utilizes liposuction to reduce the size of the breasts and only tiny incisions are needed to gain access.
How will I recover from a breast reduction surgery?
Due to the incisions and the trauma to the breast tissue, recovery from reduction surgery is more involved than recovery from augmentation. There will be swelling, soreness, and bruising in the area for several days. Your treated breasts will be bandaged for about two days. After that, patients are required to wear a surgical support bra for the next few weeks. Physical activity needs to be limited for a month.
After two to three weeks, surgical stitches will be removed. This is usually about the time most patients are able to return to work and resume their regular activities.
Results are immediate, of course, but they will continue to improve as swelling and bruising passes and the scars begin to fade.
What are the risks involved in breast reduction?
As with any other surgical procedures, there are certain risks involved in breast reduction surgery. Such risks include scarring, breast asymmetry, loss of sensation in the area, and other typical surgical risks, such as bleeding, anesthetic reactions, and infection. However, most breast reduction patients are able to recover from the surgery without any serious complications.