Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue,and skin. It is performed in order to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and alleviate any discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Patients often opt for breast reduction surgery when large breasts start to cause physical and emotional distress. They can prevent some people from performing common physical activities, and may also lead to mental health problems. Some opt for this surgery for cosmetic reasons, but it is always important to speak to a qualified surgeon about the procedure and what it can do.
How breast reduction surgery works
Breast reduction surgery involves incisions on the breasts for the surgical removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. Some procedures involve the removal of excess fat through liposuction in conjunction with excision, but this depends on the individual condition, amount of reduction desired, breast composition and personal preferences, along with the advice of a surgeon.
Preparing for breast reduction surgery
This involves medical evaluation or lab testing, adjusting current medications, getting a baseline mammogram before and after surgery, stopping smoking well in advance and avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements based on your doctor’s recommendations. There are also specific instructions for the day of the surgery as well as for post-operative care.
Breast reduction surgery process
Breast reduction surgery starts with intravenous sedation and/or general anesthesia based on what a doctor recommends. There are incisions made, either in a circular or racquet-shaped pattern around the areola, followed by repositioning of the nipple and reduction of the areola. The underlying breast tissue is then reduced, lifted and shaped or transplanted. Incisions are then closed, with sutures layered deep within breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. The results of breast reduction surgery are immediately visible, and post-surgical swelling and incision lines fade over time.Please allow 3-6 months for total swelling to go down and the breast to be shaped.
Dr. O’Neill can help
Eric F. O’Neill MDis a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon serving the residents of Waco, Texas and many of the surrounding communities.For more information about breast reduction surgery, its advantages, procedure or costs, contact Dr. O’Neill today.