A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size of the breasts. This procedure is often done to alleviate discomfort or to achieve a breast size that is more proportional with the patient’s body.
Those who receive breast reduction surgery often struggle with chronic back and neck pain, as well as nerve pain due to their large breast size. These individuals may struggle with poor self-image or have difficulty fitting into their clothes. For some, breast reduction surgery can increase confidence, improve self-image, and allow an increase in physical activity.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Jason Nealy in our accredited surgery center at Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. General anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia is used during the procedure. Breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete. Incisions are placed around the areola and down each breast. There are different options for incision placement depending on the patient. Incisions options include:
- Anchor (“Inverted T”): Incisions are placed around the areola, vertically down the breast, and horizontally across the crease
- Lollipop or Keyhole: Incisions are placed around the areola and vertically down the breast
- Incisions are placed around the areola
Once the incisions are made excess fat, breast tissue, and skin are removed, allowing the doctor to reshape the breasts and reposition the areola. Dissolvable sutures will be used to close the incisions. The size of the breasts are personalized to each individual in order to make them proportionate and aesthetically pleasing.
Recovery and Post-op Care
You will be able to return home the day of your surgery. Following the procedure, your chest will be bandaged and you will be sent home with a surgical bra. You will experience some soreness within the first few days and it's recommended that you take it easy and rest during this time. Prescription medication will be prescribed to you for the first week to help with the pain. Results are somewhat immediate, though It can take months for swelling to subside and scars to fade.
Most patients feel able to return to normal activities, such as driving or working, within a week. Dr. Nealy recommends patients wait 4-6 weeks before returning to exercising. It is important during this recovery time to not lift anything heavy in order to aid in the healing process. Post-op care instructions will be given to every patient after their surgery. For any additional questions about breast reduction surgery recovery feel free to ask the doctor during your consultation.
Breast Reduction Before & Afters
*Procedure results are typical and may vary
Breast reduction surgery carries similar risks to most other breast procedures. These include:
- Visible scarring
- Poor wound healing
- Blood Clots
- Change or loss in breast and nipple sensation
- Difficulty or inability to breastfeed
The risks of complication during or as a result of breast reduction surgery are low in comparison with more invasive surgical procedures. Patients can feel more confident in risk management by choosing a board-certified surgeon who is very familiar with this procedure. It is advantageous to ask as many questions as possible during the consultation visit. Patients should ask about training, direct experience (how many breast reductions does this doctor perform a year?), patient outcomes, and the anticipated outcome for their case. Knowing how the surgeon manages risks during surgery, and also how to properly care for incisions after surgery, can also promote peace of mind.