Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of large breasts while also making them more symmetrical and proportionate to the rest of the body.

Macromastia is defined as the state of having disproportionate, heavy breasts on an otherwise average-sized patient. When one has very large breasts, it is difficult to exercise, play sports, swim, fit into clothing, or even function on a daily basis without pain. It can lead to back pain and dermatitis. Macromastia can have a negative impact on a woman’s quality of life; breast reduction can correct it and enhance her life.

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

There are many benefits associated with breast reduction. The surgery can make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body while also relieving a number of problems associated with large breasts, including back and neck pain, shoulder strain, skin irritation and infection, poor posture, shortness of breath, inability to participate in certain sports or recreational activities, difficulty finding clothing that fits, and social or sexual embarrassment.

Will I have noticeable scars?

All surgical incisions result in scars, but we make a point to minimize and conceal them as much as possible. For some breast reductions the incisions are made around the areola and straight down to the breast crease (a short scar breast reduction). In some cases scar will be in the shape of “inverted T”. The nipple/areola complex is lifted higher, and the size of the areola is reduced if necessary while leaving the blood supply to nipple intact.

Are there any risks associated with breast reduction surgery?

There is some degree of risk associated with all types of surgery. Potential complications of breast reduction surgery may include adverse reaction to anesthesia, asymmetry, blood clots, infection, loss of sensation, nerve damage, and scarring. Women may lose the ability to breast feed in some cases.

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