For many women, disproportionately large breasts can contribute to a number of physical and emotional concerns on a daily basis. Some of the most common issues experienced by females with overly large breasts include back and neck pain, breathing difficulties, excessive bra strap pressure, skin rashes, and even embarrassment or self-consciousness in certain personal or social situations. Fortunately, breast reduction surgery can often be an excellent option for individuals seeking to resolve these issues and improve their quality of life. Board-certified plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD is highly experienced in performing breast reduction, and she can personalize treatment to remove excess breast tissue and reshape the entire breast to a more appealing and flattering size with natural-looking results.
Breast Reduction Incisions
There are several different incision options that can be utilized to perform breast reduction surgery, and the most effective approach will depend on the amount of tissue removal needed to achieve an ideal outcome. When a moderate degree of tissue removal is required, the incision pattern Dr. McCormack generally employs extends around the outer perimeter of the areola and continues vertically down the breast to the inframammary fold. This is known as the “lollipop” technique. For patients who have a significant quantity of excess tissue, the lollipop incision will be further extended horizontally along the inframammary crease, creating the shape of an inverted “T” and allowing for improved tissue excision/reshaping. During the consultation, Dr. McCormack will help patients select the most effective option for their needs and goals, always advising on which technique can deliver the best results with the least possible scarring.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
To begin the breast reduction procedure, Dr. McCormack will first employ the incisional technique that was agreed upon during the consultation. She will then carefully remove excess tissue and fat from the breasts, as well as excise any extra skin. Next, the remaining tissue is elevated and recontoured until the desired shape is achieved, and the nipple-areolar complexes may be resized/repositioned if needed. Lastly, the skin is gently pulled together and reattached using tiny surgical sutures.
Breast reduction on its own can usually be completed in about two hours, but surgery may take longer for individuals who elect to combine their treatment with another procedure as part of a Mommy Makeover. Performed on an outpatient basis, patients are generally able to return home later the same day with the aid of a close friend or family member.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Following breast reduction surgery, there will likely be some bruising and/or swelling in the breasts, but these temporary symptoms should diminish gradually over time. Any pain or discomfort can usually be managed effectively with medication, and most women feel well enough to return to work and other non-strenuous daily routines after about two weeks. To help ensure optimal healing, all heavy lifting, physical sports, vigorous exercise, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a few weeks.
Final results of the surgery are usually apparent after six months to a year, at which point all potential swelling will generally be resolved. Dr. McCormack will monitor healing during several postoperative visits throughout the recovery period, and she will be available to address questions or concerns that might arise at any point in time.
Breast Reduction Before and After Photographs
Our before and after gallery features breast reduction patients, some of which have combined breast surgery with another procedure such as liposuction or tummy tuck to obtain a complete Mommy Makeover. For additional information about how you can experience an amazing new you, contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.
Breast Reduction FAQs
What are the benefits of breast reduction?
Breast reduction can provide several physical and emotional benefits for women who have overly large breasts. Based on your individual concerns and goals, this procedure can help:
- Make the breasts more proportionate to your frame
- Improve the shape and symmetry of the breasts
- Relieve back, neck, and shoulder discomfort
- Resolve hunching and/or posture issues
- Lessen bra strap pressure and resulting skin indentations
- Alleviate skin rashes underneath the breasts
- Enhance comfort when performing physical activities
- Improve the fit of certain tops, underwear, and bathing suits
- Boost self-confidence in personal and social settings
Am I a candidate for breast reduction?
Good candidates for breast reduction are generally troubled by one or more of the following issues related to excessively large breasts:
- Chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders
- Bad posture, such as continual hunching
- Deep/tender bra strap grooves and indentations
- Persistent skin rashes below the breasts
- Discomfort when exercising, playing sports, or taking part in other physical activities
- Trouble finding blouses and other articles of clothing that fit properly
- Self-consciousness about one’s appearance
In addition, patients must be in good general health, be a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations for what can and cannot be achieved with breast reduction surgery.
Is breastfeeding possible after breast reduction?
Patients considering this procedure should be aware that breastfeeding may not be possible after the surgery due to alteration or removal of milk glands. That said, this is not always the case. For those who have yet to have kids or who are planning to have more children in the future, Dr. McCormack will do everything she can to help ensure breastfeeding is still a possibility following the procedure.
Will I have noticeable scars?
The breast reduction procedure does cause scarring, although care is taken to make sure that scars are placed where undergarments and clothing normally cover the breast. In addition, when postoperative care instructions are carefully followed throughout the healing and scar maturation process, the final appearance of any scarring tends to fade and become less conspicuous over time. In the end, the vast majority of individuals say the results of their treatment far overshadow any concerns they have with scarring.