Breast Reduction

Out of all cosmetic procedure patients, breast reduction patients most often have the highest satisfaction rating. This is because many women suffer for years with heavy, problematically-large breasts that negatively affect their quality of life. A breast reduction can drastically improve the size and projection of breasts that are large, heavy, and distressing.

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue through an incision, and is often paired with a breast lift to position the breasts naturally once the tissue is removed. Sometimes, Liposuction is used if excess fat is causing the breasts to be overly large and excess skin is not an issue. Your surgeon will help you determine what type and severity of a procedure you will need.

Who should consider a Breast Reduction?

Any woman who is struggling with physical ailments caused by large breasts should consider a breast reduction. Large amounts of weight on the chest can impair breathing, disrupt posture, and prevent an active lifestyle. Candidates should have fully-developed breasts and no further plans for pregnancy, as this can disrupt any positive results of a breast reduction. Remember that a cosmetic procedure is an extremely personal and beneficial choice, so be sure not to let anyone else sway your decision. Discuss any questions or concerns you might have with Dr. Richardson.

What happens during a Breast Reduction?

After anesthesia is administered, a predetermined incision will be made in order to best accommodate the breasts being reduced. The common incisions are:

  • A ‘keyhole’ incision around the areola and down to the breast crease.
  • An ‘anchor’ incision around the areola, down to the breast crease, and curving horizontally around the fold of the breast.

After the incision is made, breast tissue and fat are removed, as well as any excess skin. A breast lift is sometimes performed at this point, which brings the breast upwards and into a perkier, more upright position. Sutures may be placed deep within the breast tissue for support as the new breast adjusts to its new position and anatomy.

What are the Results and Recovery like?

Immediately after the breast reduction is performed, bandages and compressive dressings are applied in order to aid healing. Drains may be placed to collect any fluid that might build up at the incision sites, and you may need to wear a compression garment, much like a bra, during the healing process to support the new structure. Be sure to follow any instructions for healing given by your surgeon to ensure you get the best possible results out of your breast reduction.

The results of your procedure will be immediate and long-lasting, given that a healthy, active lifestyle and weight are maintained over time. A breast reduction cannot stop the process of aging on the breasts, but it’s unlikely that the new breasts will return to their prior size.

If you are struggling with large breasts that reduce your quality of life and would like to ask questions about a breast reduction, contact our office to schedule a consultation.