Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts and to improve the appearance of the nipple areolar complexes. Women with large breasts often deal with chronic neck, back and shoulder pain; headaches; musculoskeletal chest pain; posture problems; rashes and skin irritations; and even hand numbness. Large breasts can limit physical activity that is necessary to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle.
Who is a Candidate
Breast reduction surgery has been very successful in helping women with symptomatic large breasts feel more comfortable and confident. Breast reduction patients comprise the happiest, most satisfied plastic surgery patient group, even in the face of minor wound healing issues after surgery, because they are so much more functional and comfortable. Many patients do well with exercise programs after surgery and go on to lose weight and become more fit. Candidates for breast reduction should be nonsmokers who are in good health, and have realistic expectations about the procedure and potential results.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
The incision pattern used will depend on the size of your breasts, the amount of breast sag present, and the position of your nipple-areola complex. There are three main types of incisions. These include:
The “Anchor” Incision: This incision pattern runs around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the crease of the breast. It is most commonly used for women who have a large amount of breast sag.
The “Lollipop” Incision: The “lollipop” incision pattern is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This incision is used for women with a mild to moderate amount of breast sag.
The “Donut” Incision: This incision pattern is created around the areolas only, and is best for women with a small amount of breast sag.
There are several ways to perform breast reduction surgery, with different incisions involved. We will perform a thorough examination and review of your medical history, and she will help you decide between the various surgical options. Breast reduction surgery may be performed in the hospital with an overnight observation stay or in an ambulatory setting, with discharge to home within a few hours after surgery. Initial results will be visible immediately, but final results will be revealed as you continue to heal and the swelling goes down. Scars will fade over time.
Patients who are interested in breast reduction surgery can contact Connecticut Plastic Surgery group today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford and surrounding areas in Connecticut.