Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of large breasts and relieves symptoms such as pain, improper posture, rashes and low self-esteem by producing smaller, lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Healthy women who are looking to reduce the size of their large breasts are typically good candidates for breast reduction. Although the age range for this procedure can vary from 16 and up, the breasts should be fully developed before undergoing breast reduction. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Alexander can confirm candidacy and review techniques involved to achieve the desired outcome.
What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?
There are a variety of benefits associated with breast reduction. Many women experience different side effects and symptoms as a result of large breasts. When the breast size is reduced, women may encounter a relief in back and neck pain, shoulder stain, skin irritation, poor posture, social or sexual embarrassment, and the inability to participate in recreational activities or sports.
How is breast reduction surgery performed?
There are several techniques that may be used for breast reduction surgery. For this surgery, the incision is most commonly made in the shape of an anchor or inverted keyhole that runs from the top of the nipple to the natural crease below the breast. Once the incision is made, excess fat, skin and tissue are removed and the remaining skin and areola are repositioned.
What is the recovery like after breast reduction surgery?
Recovery times will vary for each individual. Small drains may be placed at the time of surgery to remove any excess fluid and to help with post-op swelling. It is common to feel some soreness immediately after surgery. It is important to limit your activity and to follow all of Dr. Alexander’s instructions.