Breast Reduction

Many women suffer from excessively large breasts which is a condition called “macromastia”.  Macromastia can be uncomfortable and ended in extreme cases debilitating, causing physical problems such as back and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, finger numbness, as well as issues drawing unwanted attention from bystanders and not being a fine close that fit appropriately.  Breast reduction surgery can be life-changing for women suffering from this condition.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, which is also called a “reduction mammoplasty”, is a surgical procedure where excess breast tissue is removed, excess skin is removed and tightened, and the nipple and areola are repositioned into a normal location.  Breast reduction surgery often results in a full breast lift affected, as well.  This excess tissue of the breast weighs them down, so in the tissue is removed and the skin is tightened, the breasts become lighter and perkier.

There are two main types of breast reduction surgery: Vertical Reduction Mammoplasty and Anchor Incision Reduction Mammoplasty.

Dr. Landis performs the vertical breast reduction.  This approach as he advantages of minimizing the scars and producing a more forward projecting and perkier breast.  In addition, it is less painful and has a quicker recovery.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

If he suffer from excessively large breasts that cause you daily problems in life, he will probably a good candidate for a reduction mammoplasty.  These everyday problems can include:

  • Shoulder, back, and neck pain.
  • Poorly fitting clothes.
  • Difficulty exercising.
  • Unwanted attention.
  • Difficulty in finding a bra that will fit you.
  • Pain from the bra straps digging into the shoulders.

You may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction if you:

  • Have large and sagging heavy breasts.
  • Would like to wear a smaller bra size and a lift of the nipples.
  • Arm comfortable and self-conscious about your breast size.
  • Have difficulty exercising.
  • Are a nonsmoker.

What to Expect from Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduction mammoplasty is one of the most satisfying surgeries for patient’s.  It frequently results in a significant improvement of quality of life and back and neck pain improves, exercise becomes possible, close and bras will fit better, and your entire self-image can improve.  It is important remember that all breasts have some degree of asymmetry.  Most breast reductions result in improvement since symmetry but it is safe to say that he will not be completely symmetrical after surgery.

In addition, as with every surgery that several performed.  There will be scarring.  Dr. Landis uses the most advanced techniques to minimize the amount of scarring possible including meticulous postoperative scar management.  Over time the scars do fade quite a bit and are very well camouflaged in all clothing.  Most patients whenever reduction mammoplasty consider the easily hidden scars excellent trade-off for the vast improvement in her quality of life.

What is a Breast Reduction Surgery like?

The breast reduction surgery takes between two and 2-1/2 hours to perform.  Most of the time you will be asleep under general anesthesia, but some patients do prefer sedation anesthesia for this procedure.  There is no need to stay overnight as most breast reductions are performed on an outpatient basis.  You will be able to go home as soon as to recover from the anesthesia Avenue feel ready.

During the surgery the nipple remains attached to U by the underlying blood vessels, nerves, and ducts so that you have the S chance of retaining function and sensation.  The nipples never fully removed during the procedure.  However, about 10-20% of patients do have some permanent changes to nipple sensation.

Breast Reduction Postoperative Care

It is important to follow all of her postoperative care instructions.  Every patient is unique but you can expect the following:

  • The breasts will have gauze and a gentle Ace wrap around her chest.
  • Drainage tubes are often used for one day. These will be removed in the office in 1-2 days.
  • The sutures are absorbable and only 2 kn are trimmed at the two week checkup.
  • There will be mild bruising and swelling.
  • No exercise for one month.
  • You can return to physical work within 1-2 weeks.
  • His best asleep under back for 3-4 weeks

It often takes up to six months for all of the swelling to completely subside.  In addition, the breasts settle in the nipples take a more normal position.  Don’t worry if her breasts look strange for a few weeks.  This is very normal.  As the tissue settle and the swelling diminishes she’ll notice a continuous improvement in the shape of her breasts over the course of six months.

Can I Combine Procedures?

Breast reduction surgery is often performed at the same time with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction or body lift.

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