Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, not only has cosmetic benefits, but also can provide physical relief. Large breasts can affect a woman’s self-esteem and restrict how active she can be, which has a negative impact on her life. Women with pendulous breasts often seek breast reduction to relieve a variety of health problems such as back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems.
To reduce the overall size of breasts, the procedure removes fat, glandular tissue and skin resulting in smaller, lighter and firmer breasts. The surgery also makes the areola (the darker pigmented skin around the nipple) smaller and often repositions it. With breast reduction individuals get breasts in proportion with the rest of their body.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
There are various surgical techniques for a breast reduction. The technique used by Dr. Dickie involves making an inverted-T incision that circles the areola, extends downward and follows the curve of the crease beneath the breast. Dr. Dickie removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin to achieve the intended size then re-positions the nipple and areola. In cases where there is excess fat around the armpit or flank area, liposuction may be used to ensure the overall shape is aesthetically pleasing.
Usually, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves to preserve sensitivity. However, if the breasts are very large, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed then grafted into a higher position. There is a risk for decreased sensation in the nipple occurs with this procedure.
Once the removal of tissue and positioning of the nipple has been completed, the incisions are stitched closed. Following surgery the patient may be instructed to wear a special surgical bra and some patients may have small tubes inserted to help drain fluid. The surgeon will remove the tubes after a few days.
How Long Is the Recovery from Breast Reduction?
While there is discomfort following the procedure, typically, breast reduction surgery is not a painful operation. After a few days, any pain and discomfort should be manageable. Most patients resume their normal activities within 10 days. Any strenuous activity or lifting should be avoided for at least three to four weeks.
Is Breast Reduction Right for You?
Breast reduction surgery is intended for people who are troubled by the size and position of their breasts. Women who are restricted in their physical activity due to the discomfort or pain of large, pendulous breasts—particularly if the breasts are disproportionate with their body size—may also consider breast reduction.
As with any surgery, it is important to consult with a registered plastic surgeon to discuss the risks associated with this procedure.
Book a Consultation
If large breasts are causing health problems and impeding your confidence, consider breast reduction. Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery to book your personal consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you be the best you can be. We are committed to helping you look and feel great.
Breast Reduction Before & After
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