Breasts that are large and hanging cause not only psychological concerns but also significant physical changes of the shoulders, spine, breathing capacity, exercise, tolerance and sensation. Breast reduction surgery removes extra tissue and fat from the breast to reduce back and shoulder pain, reduce the breast size, correct posture, and improve the patients overall lifestyle.
Breast Reduction Techniques
Breast reduction surgery may be performed using a variety of techniques. The technique chosen by the surgeon depends on the patient’s desired results and other factors. This includes the size and shape of the patient’s breasts along with the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. The most popular breast reduction techniques include:
- Inverted-T: This technique involves the surgeon making incisions around the areolar edge and is most popular for candidates who have uneven and/or sagging breasts. It’s also the most recommended technique for large reductions.
- Vertical: For moderate breast reductions, this is the most popular technique. Also known as the ‘lollipop’, this technique involves the surgeon making incisions around the areola to remove extra fat and tissue, which is followed by reshaping and lifting the breasts.
- Liposuction: This technique is recommended for small reductions and for candidates with tight breast skin. It involves sucking out excess fluids and fat from breasts through to reduce the overall size of the breasts.
Breast Reduction Preparation and Recovery
If you’re an eligible candidate for the surgery, make sure that you do the following things as they will help you during the recovery phase:
- Keep loose and comfortable front-fastening shirts ready for wearing
- Have ice packs ready for application (for pain management)
- Have clean towels, washcloths and gauze ready
- Buy creams and ointments (as suggested by the surgeon) for application post-surgery
Post-surgery, you may experience certain side effects such as bruising, swelling, redness, and numbness. These issues are to be expected and will improve over the course of the next few weeks. Also, remember to refrain from physical activity for at least one-week post-surgery.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your breast reduction surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cap Lesesne. Dr. Lesesne can go over what to expect during and after your breast reduction and can answer any questions you may have regarding surgery so you can feel as comfortable as possible the day of your procedure.
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