If you are planning to get a breast reduction and feeling a little nervous about the procedure, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about breast reduction surgery so you can be sure that it is the correct procedure for you.

Whatever your reason may be for opting for the procedure – whether you are suffering from neck, back, or shoulder pain, or simply for aesthetic reasons – it is important to know that breast reduction is a completely safe procedure. It involves the removal of excess tissue, fat, and skin from the breasts, which results in smaller, lighter breasts.

What is the Procedure for a Breast Reduction Like?

Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure usually takes a few hours, depending on your unique conditions and goals. First, you will be administered either a general or local anesthetic.

Then, your surgeon will make incisions on or around your breasts. These incisions are made either around the areola or around the areola and down the breast crease. The types of incisions are known as an anchor-shaped incision or a T-shaped incision.

The best incision option for you depends on your condition and goals. The surgeon then repositions the nipple and areola, and sometimes the areola’s size may be reduced as well in order to create a more appealing size.

The surgeon removes unwanted underlying breast tissue, performs a lift, and then reshapes it. If you have breasts that are extremely large and saggy, the surgeon may have to completely remove your nipple and areola and move them into a new position.

Incisions are then sutured closed, and your new breasts gradually develop into the shape they were meant to be in. Sutures will be layered deep within your breast tissue for support. Your incision lines will slowly fade and become less prominent over the course of time. They will also be strategically placed to limit their visibility

Tips for Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery

After your breast reduction surgery, you will need to take some time out from your normal activities in order to properly rest and recover. Before you continue with your usual routine like school or work, make sure you spend enough time relaxing in order to heal properly and experience the best results.

Recovery times vary from person to person, and depends on the extent of the surgery, but your doctor can advise you on what to expect from your recovery.

Don’t engage in strenuous physical activities for about a month post-surgery as this can disrupt your healing process. Patients usually experience mild pain and discomfort, as well as fatigue for a few days. You can ask your doctor for painkillers to help ease the discomfort.

Even though you can see changes in your appearance right after the procedure, it takes several months for your new breasts to gradually take on their desired shape.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who are in good general health and free of any underlying health conditions that can increase the chance of complications. Your full medical history will be required and it’s important that you freely provide your doctor with as much information as possible to ensure that you’re safe to undergo the surgery.

The procedure is best for women who have issues with large breasts such as consistent and severe pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. It’s also great for women who want to add more symmetry to their bodies by reducing the size of their breasts.

Contact Our Office

By working with a highly skilled plastic surgeon at Parker Plastic Surgery, you can rest easy and eliminate your worries about breast reduction. Dr. James Parker is highly skilled and works hard to deliver the best results for each and every patient. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our office to schedule your consultation today!