For women who have excessively large breasts, quality of life can sometimes be significantly decreased. Constant back or shoulder pain, irritating rashes, or just feeling uncomfortable in your own skin are common in women with excessively large breasts.
These symptoms lead many women down the path to breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and is considered a highly safe and effective way to reduce breast size. Breast reduction surgery will sometimes be covered by health insurance, depending on the amount of breast tissue that is removed, and if the patient qualifies.
Breast Reduction Consultation
During the initial consultation, your doctor will take measurements of the shape and sizes of your breasts. This helps your doctor evaluate what your surgical options are, decide where optimal nipple placement is, and preplan how to perform the procedure. For those that are hoping to obtain approval from their insurance, pictures may be taken for proof of your condition and sent to your insurance company.
Breast Reduction Techniques
During the procedure, there are several common types of reduction techniques and incisions for removal.
The most common is a T-shaped incision, called the anchor technique, which extends from the top of the areola, down and along the natural curve of what will become the new breast crease. Many surgeons prefer this incision for removing larger amounts of tissue, as well as to correct severely sagging breasts.
The next technique is the vertical incision, which goes around the top of the areola in a v-shape down the midline of the breast.
Another technique is called the free nipple graft, which removes the areola and the nipple, and places them higher on the breast after excess tissue has been removed.
For certain candidates, it is possible to use liposuction to remove excess fatty breast tissue, as well as to remove fat in close areas around the breasts.
During the surgery, the nipples and the areolas remain fully attached to their original blood and nerve supply. As the breasts are restructured, they are raised into their new, smaller position on the chest.
Once properly positioned, the area beneath the areolas is brought back together and sutured together to complete reshaping.
During breast reduction surgeries, there are often surgical draining tubes placed in the breasts. This allows fluids to escape from the breasts, and helps promote healing. The newly restructured breasts are covered in dressings, as well as bandages or a compression garment. The use of these helps the breasts maintain their proper shape while healing. From start to finish, the breast reduction surgery usually takes about two to five hours to complete.
After surgery is completed, swelling and discoloration of the breasts is completely normal, and subsides with recovery. Though there is some initial pain, it usually fades the first few days after surgery. If surgical drains were placed in the breasts, they are normally removed after a day or two.
It’s important to note that strenuous physical activity is not permitted for at least a month after surgery has been completed. Heavy lifting, driving, and chores like laundry and cleaning are not permitted for the first two weeks after surgery. Even after recovery, it’s common for there to be some swelling, which can take several weeks to fully subside. After surgery, most patients report an extremely high rate of satisfaction, and feeling like they fully belong in their skin.
Are you considering breast reduction surgery but don’t know where to start? Call Laurel Cosmetic Center! We’re happy to answer any questions and get your started.