Breast reduction surgery is intended to relieve the physical discomfort often associated with very large breasts and ultimately will enhance the overall appearance of your breasts. The surgery will make your breasts not only smaller, but firmer. Without the excess weight, you may better enjoy playing sports and find other physical activity more comfortable to perform.
Breast reduction frequently makes a positive and dramatic change in the appearance of most women making them feel very pleased with the results. “In fact,” according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “the level of patient satisfaction resulting from breast reduction is among the highest of any plastic surgery procedure.”
The Breast Reduction Procedure
The procedure removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin, making breasts smaller and firmer. The areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) may be reduced and repositioned. The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions:
- One incision is made around the areola.
- The second runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
- The third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After Dr. Schusterman has removed excess breast tissues, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually has been stretched, also is reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the arm.
Usually, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this allows for the preservation of sensation. The ability to breast-feed may also be preserved by this method, although this cannot be guaranteed.
After the Breast Reduction Procedure
The incisions will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible, more so in some individuals than others. Fortunately, the incisions for breast reduction are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even with low-cut necklines.
After surgery, you may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to assume a more natural shape.
Of course, as with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast reduction surgery, which should be discussed with a qualified physician.
If Breast Reduction Surgery interests you, and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.