How a breast reduction works

Pain in the back, shoulders and neck, grooves in the shoulders from bra straps, skin irritations and poor posture are the most common problems that plague women who have excessively large breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgery that comes with high patient satisfaction rates as it helps women find lasting relief from these problems and more. Read on to learn more about breast reduction surgery.

Candidates for surgery

This surgery removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts to make them smaller, lighter and firmer. If you have large areolae, the surgeon will reduce the size of those at this time to be in proportion with the new breast size.

Candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who have macromastia, or large, pendulous breasts, as well as the common problems listed above. If you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large and they limit your physical activity, you are a good candidate. You also need to be in good physical health and don’t smoke. It’s important to have realistic expectations for this surgery as well.

Surgery & incision patterns

To make you more comfortable during surgery, your surgeon will recommend either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia with breast reduction surgery.

There are three different options for incision patterns, and you will work with your surgeon to determine your best option. One pattern is around the areola, which means that the scars will be well concealed within the areola area. The second option is a keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease. The final incision option is an inverted T or anchor-shaped pattern, which is like the keyhole option but then runs along the breast crease.

Removing tissue and repositioning breasts

While the incisions are being made, the nipple remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply. In some cases, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast.

Once the incision is made, the nipple is then repositioned. If necessary, the areola is reduced in size at this time as well to be in proportion with the breast. Excess breast tissue is removed, while remaining tissue is lifted and shaped. The surgeon places sutures deep within the tissue to support the new shape of the breasts. Skin adhesives and sutures are used to close the skin. While incision lines are permanent, the scars will fade and improve in appearance over time.

You will see the results of your surgery immediately, even though you will have some swelling. Your satisfaction will continue to grow as you recover. If you’re interested in learning more about this life-changing surgery with high patient satisfaction, call (718) 608-1111 to get a consultation in one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, Staten Island, NY, and Brooklyn, NY.

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