Breast reduction is one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery, as well as having one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings. Breast reduction can be thought of as a breast lift with the addition of removing breast tissue to decrease the overall size of the breasts. Breast reductions are most frequently performed in adult women. However, some adolescents and teens experience early and excessive breast development causing breast enlargement and breast droop. These patients are also candidates for breast reduction. Breast reduction provides both a cosmetic improvement, as well as a functional improvement. A breast reduction provides the benefit of improving aesthetic breast shape and functional concerns. Many women with very large breasts suffer from neck and back pain. Therefore, reduction surgery reduces pain allowing for a benefit in daily activity.
The incision patterns for breast reductions are essentially the same as for a breast lift. Typically, the Wise pattern incisions are utilized. Through these incisions, breast skin is removed as in a breast lift; however, additional areas of breast tissue are removed according to the preoperative size of the breasts and the ultimate goal of breast size postoperatively. Once the tissue has been removed, the skin is then re-draped around the new smaller breast and lifted into the appropriate position. This provides the patient with a significantly reduced breast size and improved breast shape and position.
What procedures can be combined with breast reduction surgery?
Obviously, numerous procedures can be combined with any breast surgery. Frequently, liposuction can be performed on the lateral sides of the breasts and chest in order to improve the overall shape.
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Typically, general anesthesia is utilized for breast reduction. This allows the patient to be more comfortable throughout the procedure and is done quite safely.
As with most breast surgical procedures, you will be placed in a surgical bra to be worn for approximately six weeks. Frequently, a small drain is placed under each breast and left in place for a couple of days. Pain is actually quite minimal with breast reduction surgery. Therefore, most women can easily return to work within a week, and postoperative activity restrictions are slightly less aggressive than even with breast augmentation.
I am interested. What do I do next?
If you are considering breast reduction surgery, we encourage you to call our office and set up a consultation with Dr. Coscia. If you are considering pursuing breast reduction surgery through your insurance provider, you will need to see your primary care physician first and be referred to our office for evaluation.
*Individual results may vary