Having extremely large breasts can cause numerous problems, and not just aesthetically. A particular study conducted on 31 women who had undergone breast reduction surgery found that 81% experienced severe back and neck pain, 77% had shoulder pain, 58% had chafing or a rash, 45% reported significant limitation in their daily activities, and 52% were just plain unhappy with their overall bodily appearance.
While most people want bigger breasts, there are a few candidates out there who wouldn’t mind their breasts being a little smaller.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
People who want to have their breasts reduced can opt for breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty. A breast reduction is a type of cosmetic or plastic surgery that reduces the size of your breasts by removing the excess fat and tissue and tightening the remaining skin.
This surgery brings your breast size down to match the proportions of your body in case you have a very thin or lean frame but very large breasts. The excess fat from the breasts is removed along with excess glandular tissue. The breasts are reduced in size to make them firmer and more youthful and match the other body proportions.
Breast reduction surgery can also relieve any pain or stress on the person’s back caused due to overly large breasts. It can alleviate any kind of pain or discomfort that could occur due to very large breasts.
Breasts that are too big can also sag or droop and make them appear much below the point at which they’re supposed to sit on the chest. This can look and feel extremely uncomfortable.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
The surgeon will first determine what type of incision and how many incisions to make on the breasts. The excess fat, glandular tissue and skin are usually removed surgically after making the incisions, but sometimes liposuction is used as well if there is too much fat and tissue. Also, liposuction may be done without excision techniques if there is too much fatty tissue and no excess skin.
The patient is first given a general anesthesia or IV sedation for a completely comfortable and pain-free procedure. The surgeon will then decide which of three incisions to make depending on the breast size, the amount of reduction needed, the patient’s preferences and conditions, etc. One type of incision is a circular cut around the areola which will leave visible scars that can be covered by a bra.
The second type of incision is a racquet or keyhole-shaped incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. The third type of incision is anchor-shaped or an inverted ‘T’. The surgeon will then start to remove excess fat and tissue and the breasts are lifted up, repositioned, and given a smaller and firmer shape. The nipples and areolas are also positioned higher on the breasts or sometimes removed altogether and affixed higher on the breasts.
The incisions are then closed and the skin is stretched over the smaller and shapelier breasts. Sutures, adhesive skin tape, and surgical tape are used to close the skin. The incision lines will get better over time.
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To learn more about the procedure, contact the Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton to set up a consultation. Our surgeons are highly skilled and ready to assist you from start to finish.