Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of disproportionately large breasts that may cause physical discomfort and pain as well as dissatisfaction with body image. Associated conditions of large breasts include back, neck and shoulder pain, indentation from bra straps, skin irritation beneath the breast crease and restricted physical activity. This may impair a woman’s ability to lead an active life in addition to causing emotional discomfort and self-consciousness. A mammogram may be recommended prior to the procedure to ensure breast health.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a proportionate breast size. This will not only correct the functional symptoms associated with large breasts but can also enhance a woman’s body image and self-confidence. Good candidates are women of relatively normal, stable weight whose breast development is complete. Dr. Taylor has experienced enormous patient satisfaction and positive feedback from his breast reduction patients.
Dr. Taylor performs this out-patient procedure in approximately 4 hours under general anesthesia in fully accredited hospitals and surgical facilities. The most common approach is a keyhole incision pattern that begins around the areola and continues vertically down the breast, resulting in the so-called “lollipop scar”. In some women, a small incision under the crease of the breast is necessary. The nipple is repositioned and, if desired, the areola reduced in size. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Excess fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with excision techniques. The incision lines result in scars that fade and improve in appearance over time.
Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort which is controlled with prescribed oral medication. Antibiotics are also taken to prevent infection. Drainage tubes, if necessary, are removed in 7 -10 days. A support bra is worn around the clock for the first few weeks. Light walking is encouraged as soon as possible but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling resolves and the breasts settle to their new position and shape.
If you have large breasts that limit your physical activity or are a source of emotional discomfort, breast reduction may be right for you. Call Dr. John Taylor to schedule your personalized consultation today.