Excessively large breasts can be a source of embarrassment and discomfiture. In addition to being aesthetically unappealing, they can also cause physical distress like chronic neck and shoulder pain.
Breast reduction surgery aims at removal of excess breast tissue, skin and fat to restore the ideal body proportions of a woman. Candidates of breast reduction are otherwise healthy women with any of the following problems:
Excessively large breasts with sagging and downward pointing nipples.
Asymmetrical breasts is a condition where one breast is significantly larger than the other one.
Difficulty in maintaining hygiene with skin irritation /chronic infection under the breasts.
Weight-related symptoms like chronic neck and shoulder pain.
Prior to the procedure, the plastic surgeon has a detailed consultation with the patient. Careful pre-operative planning involves a discussion about the incisions planned.
Types of anesthesia
Breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery varies between 2 to 4 hrs depending on the extent of reduction needed.
Types Of Breast Reduction
Depending on the extent of reduction required, various techniques have been designed for reducing the breast size.
1. Liposuction: This involves reducing the fatty component of the breast without excision of glandular tissue. It can provide a small amount of reduction only and is suited to older patients with mainly fatty tissue, however, it avoids any major incisions and ensures quick healing in the post-op period.
2. Vertical or “Lollipop ” Breast reduction: this is suited to patients with mild to moderately large breasts. It involves an incision around the brown part of the breast (areolae) running down the center to the center to the breast, it produces a single vertical scar.
3. “Donut” Breast Reduction: this is a very popular technique in patients who have mild breast enlargement. It involves an incision around the areola only. The scar is hidden in the brown skin and settles very well over a period of time.
4. Inverted ‘T’ or wise pattern: This is one of the most common techniques of breast reduction suitable for all candidates. It involves a vertical scar running from the areolae to the breast areas. It allows the surgeon greater control of the breast shape and proportion.
Post- Procedure Care
At Aestiva clinic, we ensure the patient recovers with proper medication and no complications.
Dr. Mrinalini Sharma always focusses on discussing the desired result with our patients prior to the surgery to avoid any confusions and achieve optimum results. You may visit us at Aestiva Plastic Surgery Clinic or book a consultation with Dr.Mrinalini Sharma for further information.
What are the side effects of breast reduction surgery?
Every surgical procedure involves complications and side effects. The side effects of breast reduction surgery include:
1.Decrease or altered nipple sensation. This usually recovers over a period of weeks or months.
2. Difficulty in breastfeeding in some cases, especially where a massive breast reduction is needed.
3. Uneven positioning of the nipples.
Does it leave a scar?
Excision of excess fat depends upon the size of the breast and required volume of the breast after the breast reduction surgery. Various techniques involve incision lines that vary. In a traditional breast reduction surgery, the scar will be horizontal and more prominent than in a vertical incision surgery. In some cases, liposuction can also be used for breast reduction where only one small incision is made and therefore is referred to as scar-free breast reduction surgery.
Does it interfere with breastfeeding?
At Aestiva Clinic, the breast reduction surgery is performed under the guidance of female plastic surgeon –Dr. Mrinalini Sharma, so the procedure is carried out with proper techniques. However, there can be cases where women won’t be able to breastfeed their child. This is entirely based on the degree of the reduction of the breast size. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss the issue with your doctor during consultation.
Can breast enlargement recur?
The results are long-term in most of the cases. There can be some exception for e.g aging can cause loose and sagging breasts once again. However, the disproportionate increase in the size of the breast does not recur after the surgery.
What are the precautions needed in the post-op period?
1. You will be advised to wear a supportive bra for a week after the surgery.
2. Heavy exercise is prohibited.
3. Pregnancy should not be planned by the patient until one year after the surgical procedure.