Breast Reduction

What is a Breast Reduction and How Is It Done?

Mammaplasty, or more commonly known as a breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that decreases size. Extracting breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve smaller breasts completes the process.

Patients frequently undergo reduction surgery to ease pain caused by the weight of them. This procedure also creates proportionality with the rest of the body and maintains a natural look.

Several methods can be employed to reduce a patient’s breast size successfully. However, the most common procedure involves three incisions. One around the areola, a second vertical incision from the bottom of the areola down to the fold underneath the breasts, and a third that follows the natural contour of the crease.

These three incisions allow the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue, before shifting the areola back to a natural position. The surgeon will then use excess skin above the nipple to reshape it. The nipples will remain attached to its original tissue to maintain sensation. However, the ability to breastfeed cannot be guaranteed. The nipple and areola are stretched before surgery and will, therefore, seem smaller after the procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

Patients who fall under at least one of the following circumstances may be good candidates for reduction.

•    Breast asymmetry
•    Aching in the back, neck or shoulder, caused by breast weight
•    Physical restrictions due to breast weight and size
•    Irritation and outbreaks below breasts
•    Grooves on shoulders caused by taut bra straps
•    Large breasts that are not in proportion with the rest of the body
•    Weighty breasts with downward pointing areolas and nipples
•    Self-consciousness, low self-esteem, and little confidence caused by breast appearance

When Should I Get a Breast Reduction?

Surgeons recommend that patients wait for their bodies to develop fully before undergoing surgery. For women who plan on having children and breastfeeding, it is best to wait for breast reduction surgery until you no longer plan on breastfeeding.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding significantly alter the shape and size of a women’s breast. Although breast reduction can be performed at any time, it is important to discuss future family plans with the surgeon before scheduling a procedure. Many patients go ahead and have reduction surgery before they’ve had children. Each patient is unique in that regard, and everybody handles future changes and challenges differently.

How Do I Get Started?

Before undergoing any procedure, patients must schedule and initial consultation. This appointment serves as an opportunity for the patient to learn more about the procedure, and for the surgeon to ask important questions about the desired results, before making any recommendations.

To schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Dr. Egozi.

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