While many women suffer from big-breast envy, there are those who suffer with a super-abundance. Breasts that are too large and heavy can cause back, shoulder and neck pain, even headaches. They can contribute to poor posture and worse, painful self-consciousness, especially if the breasts are asymmetric. Before walking into a surgeon’s office, women considering a reduction should spend time looking at pictures and thinking about size: wanted, proportionate and possible.
Prior to surgery, the intended incisions are marked on your body. Under general anesthesia, incisions are made around the areola (pigmented area of the nipple), extend vertically along the lower portion of the breast, and horizontally just above the fold under the breast. This is considered by many plastic surgeons to be the most reliable and safe type surgery.
Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed and the nipple is lifted.
The patient goes home wearing a loose bra that helps hold the dressings in the correct position.
Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication.
Sutures are usually removed in 12-14 days.
Light activities can be resumed as tolerated.