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Breast Reduction

Common Problems

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.

Some Solutions

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.

The Risks

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.

For more information about having breast reduction in Dearborn, Michigan - contact Masri Clinic today.

F.A.Q.

Question:
I'm 25 and I'd like to get a breast reduction but I'm wondering if I should postpone the surgery and if my breasts will change at all since I'm still fairly young.
Answer:
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.

Question: Why do women get breast reduction surgery?

Answer: One of the most uncomfortable physical problems suffered by some women is over-sized, heavy or pendulous breasts. Besides the physical burden, these women also suffer from emotional issues related to their appearance. Physically, they are at the mercy of poor posture, back pain, a rash between the breasts and bra straps that dig into the skin. These problems take their toll emotionally because the woman is often uncomfortable or in real pain.

For many, the answer to these complications is breast surgery. Reduction mammaplasty, in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon with a record of successful procedures, is safe and can literally change one's life. After the surgery, the breasts will be a normal size, completely eliminating the back pain, digging bra straps and poor posture. What a relief to be able to walk without pain and fit into clothes that can be bought off the racks

Breast reduction surgery is done under general anaesthesia, and the patient is unaware of what is going on. Bruising and swelling of the breasts is a normal temporary after-effect of the surgery. Discomfort can be lessened with medication, and the patients are usually able to take up their usual duties after about two weeks.

When you visit Dr. Gupta for the first time, your needs will be discussed in depth, and according to his findings, one of several techniques will be chosen. These are the following possible incisions for breast reduction: an incision around the areola in concentric circles; around the areola and down to the breast crease; or around the areola and down to the breast crease following which a horizontal incision will be made in the crease below the breast. The surgeon will reduce the breast tissue which will then be lifted and shaped. Liposuction may be used to remove the excess fat. The procedure takes between two and four hours, after which the breasts will be taped or a surgical bra will be used. Masri Clinic is fully equipped with lasers and other treatment options desired in order to remove any lasting, unwanted scars.

Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, in Dearborn, Michigan, has a fine record of successful breast reduction surgeries. Awarded the Hour Detroit Magazine's prestigious "Best Doctor of 2009", the Masri Clinic continues to serve its patients with safety, comfort and successful results. For further information, please call (866) 487-2332.

Question: I'm in my teens and have very large breasts. I’ve been told I need to wait until the breasts stop growing. When does this happen and why is it necessary to wait? What are the concerns with having a breast reduction now? Are there any exceptions?

Answer: If you are having back and shoulder pain, I would recommend that you come in for a consultation and exam to determine if the procedure is appropriate for you at this time.

The biggest problem that you face is that Juvenile hypertrophy has a tendency to continue to grow and you may have to repeat the surgery in a few years. You are in your teens and this condition can persist into your mid twenties.

Question:
I'm interested in getting a breast reduction. What are the sorts of risks or complications that I'd be facing?

Answer:
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. As with all surgical procedures, there are potential risks associated with breast reduction. These may include bleeding, infection, poor healing, and adverse anesthesia reactions.

Question:
Are there scars after male breast reduction? Where are they located and how big are they?

Answer:
Patients with a moderate amount of skin excess have their excess skin Removed using a circular periareolar incision. This leaves a scar around the areola only, which typically heals well because of the color differential between the darker areola and the lighter surrounding skin.

Male Chest Lift – Periareolar Mastopexy Incision Option

In patients with larger skin excess, it may be necessary to add a vertical component to the periareolar skin incision, using what is termed a circumvertical skin incision. The leaves a "lollipop" type scar on the breast. Normally, this scar fades over time to the color of the surrounding skin.

Male Chest Lift – Circumvertical Mastopexy Incision Option

Patients with even more skin need the incision extended outwardly along the inframammary crease. This allows removal of a substantial amount of skin and leaves a somewhat "extended lollipop" type scar on the breast: this is called an extended circumvertical skin incision.

Please come in for a consultation to go over your options. SmartLipo™ Laser Liposuction may also be an option for this area.

Question:
I’m interested in reducing the size of my breasts but I am hesitant about the extensive scar. What are the circumstances where liposuction would be sufficient?

Answer:
This method only works on breasts that have an excess of fat. Younger women often don't meet the requirements for this type of surgery. Women who have already experienced menopause are the most likely candidates for breast reduction through liposuction. Some younger women who are overweight and have a larger amount of excess fat in their breasts may also be good candidates.

 

 
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