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Breast Reduction: The Basics
Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure in which a patient undergoes the removal of excess breast fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a desired breast size and loft (often which is more proportionate to the body). Breast reduction can alleviate the common discomfort that is associated with larger breasts.
The Benefits of Breast Reduction
Patients who undergo reduction mammaplasty are able to enjoy an improved quality of life thanks to its many benefits. The procedure can alleviate a number of issues:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Posture issues
- Rashes beneath the breasts
- Painful bra-strap indentations
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for a breast reduction are patients experiencing emotional, social, and/or physical issues as a result of oversized breasts. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Surgical Process
At the start of breast reduction surgery, general anesthesia is administered to the patient in order to make the procedure comfortable and pain-free.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, incisions are made. These incisions have been carefully chosen in advance according to the patient’s needs and goals. The following incision options are available:
- Donut Incision – Suitable for a smaller degree of reduction. Two concentric circle incisions are made around the areola.
- Lollipop Incision – Suitable for a moderate degree of reduction. A circle incision is made around the areola, and a vertical incision is made down from it to the breast fold.
- Anchor Incision – Suitable for a larger degree of reduction. A lollipop incision is created, and then a curving horizontal incision is made across the breast fold.
After the chosen incision has been created, excess fat, skin, and glandular breast tissues are removed to reduce the volume of the breasts. The areolae are repositioned and resized as needed to fit the breasts’ new dimensions. Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of surgical sutures.
What to Expect Following Surgery
Following breast reduction surgery dressings and bandages will be used around the surgical area. Bruising and swelling will be present in the surgical area but will reduce over time with the help of ice packs. A support bra can be used daily to keep swelling down, and to support the breasts as they heal.
Your surgeon may recommend limited physical activity for a few days to a few weeks. During recovery, it will be important to follow your surgeon’s post-surgical care directions very closely in order to avoid complications. After the recovery phase, you will be able to enjoy your new, improved body!
Breast Reduction Surgery in Dallas & Plano
At the American Institute for Plastic Surgery, we employ only the best plastic surgeons. Our facility is located in Plano, Texas, but we serve patients throughout Dallas. If you are interested in breast reduction, please contact us for more information. We look forward to serving you!
Breast Reduction Photo Gallery:
Browse our patients “before and after” photos following breast reduction surgery. For more detail, click on any individual image.
Individual results may vary.
Contact Us to Find Out More
The surgeons and staff at the American Institute of Plastic Surgery in Plano offer the highest level of professional excellence along with a down-to-earth, caring approach. Call (972) 543-2477 to schedule an appointment.