Surgical Procedures


Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is an operation that is used to reshape, lift, and reduce the size of breasts. Most women seeking this operation have neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain and also have rashes under their breasts. There are many different types of reductions available with different scar patterns. Liposuction can also be used during breast reduction to help improve the shape and appearance of the final result.

Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision and stitches are usually placed around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast. Excess glandular tissue will be removed and then the skin is trimmed and the areola and nipple are moved into its new position. The nipple remains attached to the blood vessels and nerves, except in cases where the breasts are very large and the nipples and areola are completely removed and grafted into a higher position.

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. You will feel discomfort, but any pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your chest to be bruised, swollen and ache and this can last for a few weeks.

The results of a breast reduction are instantaneous but the final result will not be seen until swelling has reduced. You will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 2 - 4 weeks.

For further information about this procedure, please click here: American Society of Plastic Surgeons.