Breast reduction, formally referred to as reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure for women with excessively large, pendulous breasts, a condition known as breast hypertrophy. Overly large breasts can cause both physical and psychological problems, including:
- Back and neck pain
- Inflammation beneath the breast folds
- Soreness from bra straps digging into the skin
- Limitations on physical activities
- Increased self-consciousness
- Emotional discomfort resulting from unwanted attention
- Decreased self-esteem
By removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue, and repositioning and reshaping the breasts, reduction mammoplasty can relieve the physical and psychological strains of overly large breasts and help women attain a more comfortable, proportionate and visibly appealing bustline.
Breast reduction procedures in Annandale are typically performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Techniques are distinguished by incision type. The most common incision types are:
Donut – Incisions are made around the areoles. This option is available only for women whose skin is highly elastic and will shrink to the breasts’ new shape.
Lollipop – Also known as a keyhole technique, the incisions encircle the areolas and extend down to the breast folds in a flared pattern. These incisions will leave vertical scars from the areolas to the breast folds.
Anchor – As the name suggests, this incision is shaped like an anchor, encircling the areola, extending vertically to the breast fold and then continuing in both directions along the breast fold.
Regardless of incision type, the nipple is typically moved to a higher location on the breast, although it usually remains connected to the underlying blood vessels and nerves. In some cases, the nipples may need to be removed and grafted to their new position. Dr. Nickodem will help you decide which incision is best for you based on your unique goals.
Breast Reduction Part Two continued next week.