A reduction mammoplasty, also known as a breast reduction, is a procedure that removes excess skin, tissue, and breast fat to achieve a breast size that is in better proportion with your body. A breast reduction also alleviates much of the pain that can be caused by overly large breasts.
Doctors recommend waiting until after breast development has stopped before getting a breast reduction. Having children and breast-feeding can also cause unpredictable effects in your breasts. Talk to your surgeon about major upcoming life decisions and when the best time is for you to undergo this procedure.
The most common method in which a surgeon performs a breast reduction involves three incisions: around the areola, from the areola vertically down to the crease under the breast, and horizontally under the curve of the breast. Excess skin as well as tissue and fat are removed. The areola may have become stretched, in which case it can be resized. The nipple and areola are repositioned higher on the breast, and the skin that was previously above the nipple is brought down and together underneath the areola.
You are given anesthesia prior to the surgery, which should last no more than four hours. You will be closely monitored overnight to ensure your body is recovering the way it should. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and may have tubes placed in them to assist with the draining of any fluids.
Your body will require proper time for healing before you resume any normal activity. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks, including bending and lifting. Swelling and bruising is normal, and both will subside as the recovery continues. Over time, playing sports and general physical activity will be doable and enjoyable, without the weight of excessively large breasts.
For more information about a breast reduction, call our office at (702) 671-5110 or schedule your appointment online today.