Breast Size Reduction
Classification and external resources
What is Breast Reduction ?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty or breast size reduction, is a process using which some of the tissue and skin is removed from the breasts, allowing a surgeon to restructure, reshape and reduce the size of a breast. The same process can also be used to reduce the size of the areola (the dark area around the nipple).
It is important to understand that breast reduction and breast lift are two different things, because in the latter breasts are only tightened and the nipple area is elevated. Also it is important to understand inherent surgery risks with the procedure but generally this is a routine procedure.
Breast Reduction Infogarphics
Types of Breast Reduction
Traditional or ‘anchor’ breast reduction
This is most the standard method and the primary incision is made around the nipple. The shape of the incision is almost like an anchor and hence the name. Opening up the breast will allow for easy removal of fat, tissue and excess skin. The nipple and areola will be relocated to ensure proper aesthetics.
Another common method, wherein the breast size is reduced, but the function and sensation in the nipples as well as the breast are maintained completely.
Free Nipple Graft
The nipple is removed first and then on its new location, a skin graft is used to attach the same. The blood supply for the newly placed nipple is taken through the deep dermis.
Vertical incision breast reduction surgery
A comparatively new technique, this is far less invasive, which means lesser scars and faster recovery. The incision made will be in the shape of a lollipop and once the excessive tissue and fat have been removed, the skin is overlapped over the incision and stitched up.
Scar-less breast reduction
Through very small incisions, and by using liposuction, excess fat will be sucked out. The incision will be tiny and this is an ideal choice for women who do not have excessively large breasts.
Stevens Laser Bra
This is the most recent of the methods and aims are creating an “internal bra”, instead of simply discarding the skin. An incision will be made and a laser bra will be attached to the chest, providing permanent support.
Breast Reduction Advantages
Our highly qualified plastic surgeons at AK Clinics routinely perform breast reduction of patients suffering from this condition. AK Clinics is equipped with ultra modern equipments with all facilities and state-of-art-technology. Moreover our doctors are highly sensitive to your feelings and emotions and ensures you of masculine look through this surgery.
Before the surgery
Preparing for a breast reduction surgery goes on at several levels – your surgeon will examine you physically to make sure that there are no issues with your getting a breast reduction done. Your hip size will play an important role in determining your new breast size. The surgeon should also advice you about the possible risks and side effects of such procedures.
Your doctor will ask you for your medical history and ensure that you have no serious medical conditions. The breasts will also be examined, because this will allow the surgeon to decide the best surgical approach. In certain cases, the doctor might also ask you to get an x-ray or mammogram, in addition to blood tests, pregnancy test and clotting tests.
During the surgery
In simple terms, the breast is cut open, excess tissue is removed, the skin is pulled and stitched back together. In many cases, cutting the breast is not required, because if all the excess tissue is only fat, it can be removed in a liposuction like procedure.
There are basic four steps in a breast reduction procedure:
After the surgery
There is bound to be some pain in the days immediately after the breast reduction surgery. However, the doctor will prescribe some pain relief medication, which should be taken as per the prescription. The pain and swelling should subside in the days to come, but the discomfort might last a little longer. As a matter of fact, the doctor will suggest that you not indulge in any strenuous physical activities for close to a month, including lifting heavy objects, stretching your arms too high and playing any vigorous sports.
All this time, it is essential that you wear a supporting bra, because your breasts need to be protected. In addition, there will be scars that you need to be prepared about. While these scars will fade over time, chances of them disappearing completely are minimal.
Ideally, when blepharoplasty has been conducted by an experienced surgeon, there are little to no chances of things going wrong. However, there are some complications that can be associated with this procedure, such as:
- Perhaps the biggest risk with such a surgery is that the woman might not be able to breastfeed in the future
- There is bound to be scarring, but at time, the scars become too obvious
- There is the possibility of infections or blood clots
- If the anaesthesia has not been administered properly, it could lead to further complications
- The inexperience of the surgeon could lead to the lack of balance between the two breasts or irregular placement of the areolae
- Normally, a little extra fluid build-up post-surgery is normal and a drain might be placed to there could be a loss of drain the same out. However, in certain cases, there is too much fluid accumulation.
- There could be a change or complete loss of sensation in the nipples or even the entire breast
- There is the possibility of damage to the nerves or the muscles in the breast area.
- Since the breasts are so close to the lungs and heart, there is always the chance that they might be damaged during surgery.
- The skin around the breast could become discoloured or there could be pigmentation that does not fade away with time