Breast Reduction

The Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammoplasty is a procedure to reduce the size of large, pendulous breasts and create smaller more youthful appearing breasts. Women frequently choose this operation because of severe back, neck and shoulder aches created by the large size of their breasts. The great physical discomfort that is caused by very heavy, large breasts can limit participation in certain activities or exercise, In addition, breasts that are out of proportion to a women's body can cause anguish, embarrassment and extreme self-consciousness.

Breast reduction can be performed at any age on a healthy woman, but it is usually recommended to wait until the breasts are fully developed. Some women decide to wait to have the surgery until their childbearing is over since childbirth and breastfeeding can cause unpredictable changes to the breasts and breast-feeding may not be possible after breast reduction surgery.

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The Procedure As with the Breast Lift operation there are several different techniques and incisions that can be used to reduce the breasts. The most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. The doctor then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.

Breast Lift's or Breast Reductions Throw away the anchor!

The exciting news in breast surgery today is what has been euphemistically called the "Scar Wars." Formally breast Breast Reductions and most breast lifts were done with what had been called an inverted T or anchor scar. This placed an incision around the nipple-areola, one vertically downward from there and one in the fold. This operation very predictably enhanced the shape of the breast while reducing and/or lifting it. However, some patient's formed very visible scars following this operation that did not resolve over time. This left the patient with a better shape but with scars on her breast that may be visible in lingerie, bathing suits and low cut tops.

In an effort to eliminate big scars, operations have now been developed in the USA, Europe and South America to limit the amount of scarring while preserving a youthful contour to the breast. In most cases the scar can be either limited to around the nipple-areola complex, or for larger breasts a short vertical scar going down from the areola. With this technique the incision under the breast has now been done away with. Throw away the anchor scar!

Very few surgeons in the United States have adopted or are even aware of this technique, but we have been using it in our office for several years now. We have had very exciting results with patients who have been very happy that they have gone with this newer technique.

Our goal with breast surgery is to give each patient the prettiest looking breast with as little scarring as possible.


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