A breast reduction, also known as a Reduction Mammoplasty, involves removing excess skin, breast tissue, and fatty tissue to decrease the volume of the breast and raise the nipple to a higher position. This usually increases the projection of the breast. The large, pendulous breast appearance, may develop during puberty or may occur after child birth. Many women’s breasts change after becoming mothers and the volume may increase and not return to the volume that was present prior to childbearing. Many patients who choose this procedure have experienced chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain, recurrent infections beneath one’s breasts, and shoulder grooving from one’s brassier.
If the large breasts prevent you from exercising, from wearing certain clothes or from wearing bathing suits, you should consider a breast reduction to decrease your breast volume and lift the position of your nipples to provide a more proportional breast volume for your frame. You may be a good candidate for reduction mammoplasty if you are a relatively healthy adult at a stable weight who is looking to change the appearance of their breasts. It is vital that you have realistic expectations and a positive outlook. Achieving a breast reduction is impossible without a few scars. Patients typically have an incision that runs around the nipple, one that runs from the nipple to beneath your breast and one beneath your breast. Most patients feel the scars are well worth the benefits of surgery.
BENEFITS OF SURGERY
- Decreases breast volume
- Repositions the nipple to a higher position
- Decreases or eliminates neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Decreases or eliminates infections beneath one’s breasts
- Improves the ability to exercise
- Increases variety of clothes to add to one’s wardrobe
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once the decision is made to move forward with surgery, our team will schedule a pre-procedure visit and help you select your surgery date. A breast reduction will be performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep for the operation. Surgery typically takes about two to three hours to complete. You will have a scar around your nipple, one from your nipple to under your breast and one beneath your breast. Most patients find the benefits outweigh the scars. You will go home the same day as surgery to recover. We recommend you plan for extra help around the house for the days following your procedure as you adjust and recover. Recovery for each patient varies and depends on your lifestyle.
If you are considering a breast reduction or wondering if it may be the right procedure for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Szymanski to review your goals and desired results. It is important that you understand and have realistic expectations for the procedure before moving forward. Dr. Szymanski may have you undress to more fully evaluate the area and talk through you concerns.
Deciding if a plastic surgery procedure is the right choice for you is your individual decision. We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Before your first consultation with our office, we recommend you write down any questions you have and bring your list with you. It can also be beneficial to bring someone with you who is supportive and a good listener. If you find you have a lot of questions after your consultation, a second appointment to address your questions with Dr. Szymanski is always an option. Schedule your consultation today.