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Breast Reduction


Women who feel that their breasts are too large may be good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction surgery can reduce the size of the breasts and improve their shape and placement. Large, heavy breasts can be a source of poor self-image, unwanted attention, anxiety, physical pain, skin irritation, and daily frustration. Women who undergo breast reduction can have a more naturally beautiful and refined appearance as well as significant improvements in their quality of life.

Breast Reduction Options

Liposuction

  • Removes excess fat from the breasts by suctioning it out through a thin, hollow tube
  • Can improve the size of the breasts so that they look more natural
  • May reduce the weight of oversized breasts to relieve some of the physical pressure and difficulties associated with having large breasts
  • Produces subtle, natural-looking results
  • Best for patients who desire primarily cosmetic improvement and who do not experience significant physical complications from having large breasts
  • Only appropriate for select patients, as no skin is removed
  • Does not correct skin laxity or remove stretched breast skin

Traditional Technique (Anchor Incision)

  • Involves an incision around the areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease
  • Removes fat, breast tissue, and excess breast skin to reduce the size of the breasts
  • Leaves the nipple-areolar complexes attached to the remaining breast tissue so that the blood vessels and nerves remain intact
  • Repositions the nipple-areolar complexes so that they sit higher on the breasts
  • Allows for the most extensive skin resection
  • Can correct breast sagging associated with oversized breasts
  • Produces the most dramatic reduction in breast size
  • Best for patients who suffer from pain or other complications due to having overly large breasts

Short Scar Technique (Lollipop Incision)

  • Involves an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease
  • Removes fat, breast tissue, and excess breast skin to reduce the size of the breasts
  • Leaves the nipple-areolar complexes attached to the remaining breast tissue so that the blood vessels and nerves remain intact
  • Repositions the nipple-areolar complexes so that they sit higher on the breasts
  • Allows for moderate skin resection
  • Can correct breast sagging associated with oversized breasts
  • Reduces the amount of scarring compared to the traditional breast reduction technique; may reduce the need for scar revision
  • May produce a better overall breast shape compared to other techniques

Recovery

Pain and discomfort may be present for the first week after surgery. Oral pain medications will be prescribed for your comfort during this time. Swelling may also occur but should subside after two to six weeks. Most patients will experience immediate relief of any neck, shoulder, back, or headache pain that was formerly caused by the size and weight of their breasts.
Patients should take care to avoid any activities that may tear their incisions before they have had time to heal. Drains should be managed according to instructions until they are removed. All patients should wear their surgical bra or any other bra without underwire for six full weeks after breast reduction surgery. No upper body exercises of any kind are allowed for six weeks after surgery. Most patients will be able to return to work within one to two weeks following their surgery.
Oral pain medications and antibiotics may both be prescribed during recovery. These can alleviate pain and prevent infection while the body heals after surgery.
The extent of scarring will depend on the surgical technique used and your body’s ability to heal. For example, those who undergo breast reduction with liposuction may have no scarring at all, whereas those who undergo breast reduction with the traditional technique may have noticeable scarring where the incisions are made. Any incisions are closed with absorbable sutures and then covered with skin glue to help them heal. The incisions are inconspicuously placed so that scarring can be hidden by clothing. Scarring will also fade and become less noticeable over time.

About the Procedure

Frequently Asked Questions

Women may undergo breast reduction surgery for many reasons. Some women experience chronic pain in their back, shoulders, neck, or head due to the weight and pressure of large breasts. Additionally, large breasts can cause breast sagging or create a disproportionate body shape. They may also lead to issues such as unwanted attention and emotional and social anxiety. Furthermore, the weight of heavy breasts can make exercise difficult or painful and can also cause shoulder grooves and skin irritation from bra straps and skin chafing. Breast reduction can relieve many of these complaints and improve your appearance and quality of life.
Breast reduction patients are typically given general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery.
Breast reduction surgery may take anywhere from three to five hours. Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery with the traditional technique should prepare for a longer surgery, whereas those undergoing breast reduction surgery with liposuction can expect a shorter procedure.
The cost of breast reduction surgery includes variable factors such as the surgeon’s fees, hospital fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees. You will be provided with a cost estimate during your consultation. Women who suffer from chronic pain or other similar symptoms may be able to have a portion or all of their procedure covered by their medical insurance. Health insurance companies may require a certain amount of breast tissue to be removed in order to qualify for financial coverage. Your insurance provider can offer you more information regarding your potential for coverage of this procedure.
Most patients will be able to observe their final results within six weeks to three months after their surgery. Breast reduction typically produces the most satisfying results of all plastic surgery procedures, as it leads to a more positive body image, better body proportions, better clothing fit, and the elimination of physical pain and emotional discomfort.

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Contact our McKinney, Texas plastic surgery office for more information about our procedures, or to schedule a consultation with board certified Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty.

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Dr. Naveen Setty, MD, F.A.C.S.
Dr. Naveen Setty, MD, F.A.C.S.
175 Ridge Road, Suite 200
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 214-842-6960

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