BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
How Breast Reduction Surgery Is Performed
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and patients are able to go home afterwards. There are a number of ways to perform breast reduction. Selection of the appropriate breast reduction procedure depends upon your medical history, physical characteristics, and desired results. Dr. Ali has performed hundreds of breast reduction surgeries, and will take the time to explain your options and select the best breast reduction technique for you.
Note: While breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age, it is recommended to wait until breast development has stopped.
The most common breast reduction method is called a “three-part incision”. Small incisions are made around the areola, vertically to the crease underneath the breast, and horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease. This is also known as the “anchor” technique. Another breast reduction method is the vertical scar technique also known as the “lollypop” technique. In this technique the scar is limited to just around the nipple and straight down to the fold. It eliminates the horizontal scar along the breast crease.
Selection of the appropriate breast reduction procedure for you is made after careful examination by Dr. Ali. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned. The areola can also be reduced in size at that time, if desired. The breast is then meticulously shaped and contoured. Drains are sometimes placed to help with fluid evacuation. The small scars are permanent, but will fade considerably with time. If you are prone to forming keloids, this should be discussed with Dr. Ali.
What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery
You can expect some discomfort for a few days after breast reduction surgery. Some bruising and swelling will be noticeable, but it will gradually subside over the course of a few weeks. If drains were used, they will be removed after a few days. You should also refrain from strenuous activities for 6 weeks, to allow sufficient time for healing.
A few weeks after their breast reduction, patients can discontinue the support bra, and start wearing normal bras. Nipple sensations will gradually improve over a period of 4-6 weeks. A return to normal activity is expected within a few weeks. Patients who deliver a child after having had breast reduction surgery can breastfeed – but are typically advised to supplement with formula.