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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. Our plastic surgeons, Dr. Tiffany McCormack and Dr. Nichole Joslyn, are highly experienced in performing breast reduction. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. McCormack or Dr. Joslyn can each 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 Results

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 Reno Tahoe Plastic Surgery today.

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