Breast reduction surgery is effective in eliminating many of the common problems that result from having overly large breasts. This includes symptoms such as back pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, skin irritation under the breasts, as well as generalized discomfort associated with large breast size. After breast reduction clothing becomes more manageable and a better physical appearance can result from the accompanying breast lift.
There are multiple options for the incision pattern in a breast reduction. The two most common are an anchor based incision and lollipop type incision. All breast reductions remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, relocate the nipple and areola, and reshape the breast. Liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat from the armpit area. The approach is dictated by your anatomy and Dr. Haddock will discuss the options and treatment plan with you during your consultation.
Following breast reduction surgery a surgical bra may be used. In some situations surgical drainage tubes for fluid removal are also used. A little pain is normal after surgery. There may be numbness or sensitivity changes that may last for a few months. Swelling, bruising, and slight changes in breast size are also common. Most patients return to work in about one to two weeks, although you should avoid heavy lifting for four weeks and only gentle contact with the breasts should occur for six weeks. Scars fade with time but will not disappear. All scars can typically be hidden with a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top.
The risks for breast reduction surgery are relatively rare and usually minor. These risks may include bleeding, infection, reaction to the anesthesia, small sores around the nipples, slightly mismatched breasts or unevenly positioned nipples, and permanent loss of feeling in the nipple or breast.