Breast reduction, also know as reduction mammoplasty, removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breast. The result is smaller, lighter and lifted breasts.
Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are often seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can help alleviate these problems, as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts.
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:
– Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
– Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
– One breast is much larger than the other
– Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
– Skin irritation beneath your breasts
– Indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
– Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
– Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts
During breast reduction surgery Dr. Craig utilizes an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. He then moves the excess glandular tissue, fat, areola, and skin into their new position. The skin is brought from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, helping to shape of the breast.
In most cases, the areolas will remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large or pendulous, the areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position.
Sutures, which are dissolvable, are typically located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. It is Dr. Craig’s goal to minimize the scarring, so a conscious effort is made to conceal incisions.
Once you are out of surgery your breasts will be placed in a surgical bra to help minimize swelling and bruising. After a few days we will remove your surgical drain.
Once the bandages have been removed, you may notice some puffiness and discoloration. Any unevenness or temporary asymmetry caused by this variance in swelling and bruising is normal. The majority of the swelling occurs in the first 24 to 48 hours. It is important to keep your body elevated during this time. Rest is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling.
The majority of the bruising and swelling will diminish after about two weeks. You may also experience numbness in the breasts, which usually resolves itself within several months. Medication will be prescribed to help control the pain as needed.
Avoid running, weight lifting, sexual intercourse, or other rigorous work for a few weeks after surgery. However, both walking and light stretching are encouraged.
The scars from breast reduction surgery are typically hidden, as they are concealed within skin creases. Some scars will remain pink for a few months, but will gradually fade over the following 10-12 months.
Would you like to learn more about the breast reduction procedure? Simply complete the form in the top left corner or call 662-377-6290.