What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It will also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This patient below is 3 months from her surgery.
What does a Breast Reduction accomplish?
The goal of this plastic surgery procedure is to give you smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of your body. These smaller breasts can greatly reduce the back and neck pain women may experience and alleviate other medical problems such as skin irritation, skeletal deformities and even breathing problems.
What happens during the first consultation?
During the first consultation, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Adams to discuss the procedure. He will discuss the breast reduction surgery and together you will talk about your concerns and expectations from this surgery. Following your initial discussion, you will be asked to disrobe from waist up and cover up with a gown. Your breasts will be examined for any areas of concern and then measurements will be taken. These measurements are necessary for insurance approval and planning of the surgery. Following this exam, Dr. Adams will be able to discuss appropriate surgical care. At the end of the consultation, you will have photos taken by our professional photographers. These photos are for insurance and planning purposes. After your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review before and after care with the nurse. Your final visit will be with Dr. Adams’ assistant to discuss insurance approval and scheduling of the plastic surgery.
How is it done?
Techniques for breast reduction surgery vary, but the most common procedure involves and upside down T shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon moves the nipples into their new position. The skin from both sides of the breast is brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.
In most case, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breast are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position. This will result in a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue.
Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. In some cases, techniques can be used to eliminate the vertical part of the scar. And occasionally,
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