Women with large or heavy breasts may suffer from a number of physical and emotional problems. Many women are self-conscious of their large breasts and they may refrain from certain physical activities or wearing certain types of clothing because of them. They may also experience back pain, bra strap grooving, skin irritation or rashes beneath the breasts, and posture problems.
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure which can improve large, heavy or pendulous breasts, making them smaller, lighter, firmer and more proportionate to the rest of the body. While the surgery is performed on women of all ages, it is often recommended that young women wait to have surgery until the breasts have fully developed. Women who are planning to breast feed in the future may also be advised to postpone surgery.
How a Breast Reduction is Performed
There are several techniques which may be used to reduce the size of the breasts. These will be discussed with your Detroit surgeon at the time of consultation and the best approach will be determined based on your individual needs. There are three basic incision patterns which may be used: (1) around the areola in two concentric circles; (2) around the areola and continuing in a vertical line down to the breast crease; and (3) around the areola, continuing in a vertical line down to the breast crease and then continuing horizontally in the crease beneath the breast. Working through the incision, the surgeon will reposition the nipple and, if necessary, reduce the size of the areola. The breast tissue is then reduced, lifted and shaped. This may be combined with liposuction techniques to remove the excess fat. In rare cases where excess skin is not a factor, excess fatty tissue may be removed through liposuction alone.
The surgery usually takes between two and four hours. When completed, the breasts may be taped and a bandage or surgical bra applied.
Keeping the Patient Comfortable
General anesthesia is most often used for breast reduction surgery to keep the patient comfortable.
The Immediate After-Effects
Some swelling and bruising in the breasts can be expected. The breasts may ache for a period of time but this can be alleviated with medication. Patients are usually able to return to work within two weeks.
As with all surgical procedures, there are potential risks associated with breast reduction. These may include bleeding, infection, poor healing, and adverse anesthesia reactions.
The Results to Expect
Breast reduction is one of the most rewarding of all plastic surgery procedures in Detroit, MI. Results are immediate and long lasting.
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