What is a Breast Reduction?
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Candidates for Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations
- You don’t smoke
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
- Your breasts limit your physical activity
- You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
- You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
- Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
- Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
- You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
How Does It Work?
Breast reduction is performed by a plastic surgeon who will remove glandular tissue and reposition the breasts for a new and perkier appearance. During your breast reduction procedure, your plastic surgeon may make incisions underneath the breasts and around the areola, depending on how much breast tissue needs to be removed. Glandular breast tissue and fat are removed, while the nipple is repositioned to better fit the smaller breast.
Your breast reduction results can be seen right away; in fact, many patients often remark that they instantly feel better with their smaller breasts. Breast reduction procedures have high patient satisfaction rates; results can be long-lasting, barring the emergence of new breast tissue.
The initial recovery period from a breast reduction procedure usually takes about four weeks. During the first two weeks, you’ll need to get plenty of rest and minimize lifting. You’ll have some swelling and bruising, so be sure to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach. You should be able to return to work after the second or third week and get back to normal physical activity within the third or fourth week after the procedure, depending on your plastic surgeon’s advice.
*Individual results may vary