Everything You Need to Know about Breast Reduction

Everything You Need to Know about Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is a relatively common procedure which is popular for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Many patients find that their large breasts cause problems for their comfort and self-confidence. Breast reduction surgery is an effective solution for these patients, helping them to feel empowered and confident.

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is exactly as it sounds — it is a procedure which decreases the size of the breasts. Typically, this surgery is performed for patients who experience pain or discomfort because of their excessively large breasts, such as back or shoulder pain, chafing, or rash and irritation along the breast fold. Patients may also experience restricted movement or activity, like difficulty exercising, because of their large breasts. It can also be chosen for cosmetic reasons, as many patients feel their breasts are disproportionately large or would prefer the appearance of smaller breasts.

How Does Breast Reduction Work?

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. To complete the surgery, I first make an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease. Through this incision, excess tissue is removed and reshaped. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat. The nipple and areola are repositioned to ensure a natural appearance before incisions are closed.

What are the Risks of Breast Reduction?

Like any surgery, there are some risks involved with breast reduction. Most complications are avoidable and rare, but can include adverse reactions to anesthesia or infection. Some other possibilities are loss of sensation and difficulty breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery.

Typical side effects after the surgery include bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Before and after your procedure, I will explain any medications, treatments, or tips you should know about for your recovery period to help you heal properly and quickly.

How Should I Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Before your surgery, I will evaluate your health and discuss expectations with you during a consultation appointment. This will ensure that you know what you can reasonably expect from your results and that you are a suitable candidate overall for the procedure.

Before the procedure, I may also request that you have various medical tests or exams completed, including a mammogram. It’s important that you also refrain from smoking before the procedure and avoid taking certain medications including aspirin that may increase bleeding.

Request a Consultation

To learn whether you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery, request a consultation at Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery in Burlington, VT. Call our office at (802) 231-4284 or request a consultation online.