What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is a relatively common procedure in which the size of the breasts is reduced and reshaped. Unlike other breast procedures, like breast lifts or augmentations, breast reduction surgery can benefit the patient medically as well as improve the overall appearance and contour of the breasts. Before choosing breast reduction surgery, it’s important to be informed about the procedure to make sure it’s right for you. The best way to have your questions answered is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, but here are a few of the basics.
Who Should Choose Breast Reduction Surgery?
Many patients choose breast reduction surgery because they have pain or discomfort due to their excessively large breasts. This most often includes back, neck, or shoulder pain. Rashes or skin irritation under the breasts or along the breast fold can also be common.
Patients with excessively large breasts may also find that their activity is restricted. For example, they may have difficulty doing certain forms of exercise, such as running or yoga. Breast reduction surgery can allow them to enjoy these activities freely.
It’s also common for patients to have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly because of their disproportionately large breasts, and they may feel self-conscious about their appearance. Breast reduction surgery can improve the balance and proportions of the body and
How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
During breast reduction surgery, incisions are typically made around the areola and vertically toward the breast fold. Through these incisions, excess breast tissue, fat, and skin is removed to reduce the size of the breasts. Liposuction may be used to further reduce fat in the breasts as well. When this is complete, the smaller breast will be reshaped for a natural and beautiful appearance. The nipple and areola are also repositioned to a natural placement, and the areola may also be reduced in size to remain proportionate.
What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
After breast reduction surgery, you can expect some swelling and discomfort, which can be alleviated through medications that your surgeon will prescribe to you. You will be required to wear a compression garment or supportive surgical bra after the procedure, and may have drains in place. Most patients take at least a week off from work or school to rest. Your surgeon will advise you when you can return to other activities, such as exercise routines.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about breast reduction surgery, including whether you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Janiga in Reno, NV. Call our offices at (775) 364-0224 or request an appointment online.