Breast Reduction

Certain patients with large, ptotic (sagging) breasts suffer a variety of symptoms related to the increased weight and strain of this tissue.  These symptoms can include back and neck pain, rashes in the fold of their breast, headaches, shoulder grooves, a hunched posture, and poor aesthetic (cosmetic) appearance of the breast tissue, nipples and areola. Breast reduction surgery is a powerful and very successful technique involving the surgical removal of the excess breast tissue and skin causing these complaints.

A variety of techniques for breast reduction surgery are currently available and tailored to fit the goals of each patient based on their underlying anatomy.  A majority of patients requiring reduction surgery for the above listed complaints will require an upside down T type incision to accomplish their goals.  The necessary incisions will surround the nipple and extend down in a vertical fashion to the fold underneath the breast where it will travel the length of the fold.  This amount of scarring is necessary to address the excess skin present as a result of the abundance of breast tissue responsible for the problem.  Through these incisions your surgeon will be able to remove tissue and reshape the remaining into an aesthetically pleasing well projected shape.  The scars are usually very well tolerated and should not be visible in most clothing and swimsuits.

All surgery carries with it certain risks.  The risks of breast reduction surgery include, but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, unacceptable scarring, delayed wound healing, partial or complete nipple loss, discoloration of the nipple, recurrence of symptoms and need for further surgeries.  One common complaint following breast tissue is excess skin and fat of the sides of the breasts even after reduction.  This tissue is frequently excess back tissue and may not be addressed through this surgery.  It is important to have a good understanding of the likely cosmetic outcome and discuss your goals and concerns with your surgeon before the procedure.

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