Breast reduction(or reduction mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess breast tissue from heavy, sagging breasts.The goal of breast reduction surgery is to relieve a variety of physical conditions resulting from the large breast size including back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by the weight of the breasts, skin irritation beneath the breasts, indentations in the shoulders caused by tight or pulling bra straps, and destruction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts. Breast reduction is also designed to improve the psychological conditions related to the conspicuous appearance of disproportionately large breasts and poor fit of clothing, and to improve self image with regard to the shape, symmetry, and proportion of the breasts. Non–operative treatments—such as weight loss, support bras, strengthening exercises, and postural training—are not effective in providing permanent relief from the symptoms of large heavy breasts, whereas surgery is both safe and effective.
During the initial consultation at Harris Plastic Surgery a physical examination will be performed to document physical findings that correlate with the physical conditions reported relating to the large breast size. Based on the individualized assessment made at that time a customized surgical approach will be recommended. The common goal of all of the procedures is to remove an adequate amount of breast tissue and skin, and to lift and reshape the remaining breast tissue into an aesthetically pleasing breast shape.
One surgical approach uses a more limitedincision, vertical or“lollipop” approach to perform the breast reduction. With this approach there is a resulting scar around the areola extending vertically down to the fold beneath the breast. Occasionally, a limited horizontal extension of the incision is made to lie in the natural under-breast fold. Another common surgical technique uses a three component incision. With this approach there is a scar around the areola, extending vertically down to the fold beneath the breast, and horizontally beneath the breast following the natural fold. Again, the choice of surgical technique all depends on the individual patient examination and customized treatment plan.
The operation is usually performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. At Harris Plastic Surgery we follow the latest evidence-based guidelines to ensure a safe and rapid recovery from breast reduction surgery. This procedure may be covered by your health insurance if you meet their criteria—including the above conditions and the amount of breast tissue being removed.
If you are interested in learning more about Breast Reduction, contact our practice today!