What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction – officially known as reduction mammaplasty – is the process by which excess skin, glandular, and fatty tissue is removed from the breast area. This results in a more proportionate breast size to patient body type and shape. 

Results may vary from person to person.

The benefits of a Breast Reduction

There are many benefits of breast reduction, including:

  • Increased tightness of breasts (sometimes referred to as “perky breasts”)
  • Symmetry and aesthetic appeal of breasts
  • Overall improved body balance (breast to hip ratio)
  • Improved posture decrease in back and shoulder pain caused by sagging or overly large breasts 

Results may vary from person to person.

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The Procedure

Prior to surgery, you will be able to “test” different breast sizes using ‘sizers.’ This is an important step, as some patients decide on different sizes after being able to “see” their post-procedure appearance.
For the actual procedure, you will first be given either general anesthesia or I.V. sedation. Your surgeon will make a small incision just below your breast. The current breast tissue is then manually lifted, creating a small pocket-like area by which excess fatty tissue is removed. The incisions will then be closed using sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape.

The Recovery

Directly following the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery area for recovery and monitoring. During this time, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze. You may also be outfitted with a temporary support bra to minimize swelling.
Breast reduction patients should plan to take at least a week off of work or other obligations. Intense physical activity and exercise should be avoided for at least a month. Those who sleep on their stomachs will have to take care to avoid this sleep pattern during recovery.
Breast pain and fatigue is normal following this procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to alleviate any pain you may experience. Scarring is typically minimal, and can usually be easily concealed by clothing. 

Results may vary from person to person.

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