Breast Reduction

(Reduction Mammoplasty)

Procedure:

Reduce, reshape, and lift larger, sagging breast by removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin plus reposition the nipple and areola to a more youthful position. The incisions will be placed around the areola, and another that runs vertically from the bottom edge areola to the crease beneath the breast. This type of breast reduction is referred to as a "Short Scar Breast Reduction". If you have really large breast then you will have an additional incision that follows the natural curve of the breast crease. If the areola is stretched, it will also be reduced in size.

Length:

3 to 5 hours.

Outpatient:

Typically this is an outpatient procedure.

Side Effects:

Bruising, swelling, numbness.

Risks:

Infection, bleeding, skin loss, wide scars, uneven nipples, asymmetry, need for second procedure to remove additional tissue, partial or complete loss of feeling in nipple or breast, may reduce ability to breast feed.

Recovery:

Back to work: 2-3 weeks
Strenuous activities: 3-6 weeks
Fading of scars: Several months to a year.

Duration of Results:

Permanent. Gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Reduce or eliminate breast symptoms (in-cutting of bra straps, neck and back pain, shoulder and breast pain, limitation of physical activity, skin rash or chafing under breasts).