Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is a type of breast surgery that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin.
Large and heavy breasts can cause not only physical pain but also emotional issues such as insecurity. Fortunately, these issues can often be resolved with the help of a plastic surgeon. Our breast reduction patients find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Reasons for considering breast reduction surgery:
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
- Sagging breasts produced by their large size
- Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
- Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts
We offer a variety of other procedures to complement breast reduction surgery, including tummy tuck and liposuction. Many women find that cosmetic surgery enhances their self-esteem in addition to improving their appearance.
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The cosmetic surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin.
Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a normal position and held in place by stitches. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better-proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.