Some women develop breasts that are too large for their bodies. Heavy, cumbersome breasts can cause a range of physical and psychological issues, including chronic pain, rashes, and general discomfort. Breast reduction surgery alleviates these concerns by removing excess breast tissue and skin, reducing the size of the breasts, and restoring them to a more youthful proportion. During your private consultation, Dr. Linder will evaluate your needs and desires to help determine the best technique to achieve your specific aesthetic goals.
Reasons to Consider Breast Reduction
Back and Neck Pain
When breasts are excessively large, their weight puts tension on a woman’s back and neck. The constant strain causes physical discomfort and slouching, which can weaken neck muscles. Breast reduction removes some of the breast tissue and skin, decreasing the weight of pendulous breasts and enabling patients to lead more active lifestyles.
Deep Shoulder Grooves
Since bra shoulder straps bear the bulk of the weight of the breasts, they often dig into a woman’s shoulders, creating uncomfortable grooves. These grooves can even compress the nerves in the area, leading to a wide range of issues, such as coracoid syndrome and ulnar neuropathy. Breast reduction surgery lifts this weight off the shoulders and allows for greater comfort.
Having overly large breasts increases a woman’s risk of skin irritation. When the skin folds under the breasts rub together, a woman can develop intertriginous dermatitis or ulcers. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue to reduce pressure and increase airflow to the chest area, which prevents these rashes and improves patient comfort and mobility.
Breast Reduction Options
Inferior Pedicle (Wise-Pattern) Technique
This technique achieves smaller, perkier breasts with a decreased risk of nerve damage and skin necrosis. An anchor-shaped incision (around the nipple, vertically down the breast, and along the breast crease) is used to remove excess breast tissue and skin. Once the excess tissue is removed, the breasts are lifted and reshaped without detaching the nipple-areolar complex from its vascular system. Dr. Linder prefers this method because it allows for drastic reductions in breast tissue while keeping the nipple and areola attached to the original blood and nerve supply.
Benelli/Periareolar (Round Block) Technique
This technique is beneficial for breasts that only require a small reduction. A donut-shaped piece of tissue is removed from around the areola. The remaining skin is lifted and brought together with the edges of the areola, producing firmer, smaller breasts. This technique is less invasive than the Wise-pattern method but does not achieve as drastic results.
Vertical Scar Technique
This technique is useful for smaller breast reductions that require skin excisions only from the middle of the breasts and not from the lower breasts to achieve the ideal shape. The vertical scar technique, as the name implies, removes excess skin using a vertical incision down the breast.
Central Mound (L-Short Scar) Technique
This technique is necessary for patients who require an enormous amount of breast tissue to be removed and whose nipples and areolas need to be repositioned. Excess breast tissue is removed as needed, and the nipple-areolar complex is grafted (surgically transplanted) to a higher position on the newly shaped breasts.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
The length of the procedure will depend on the technique used, but most breast reduction surgeries take between one and three hours to complete.
Will there be scarring on my breasts after breast reduction surgery?
Anywhere incisions are made, there will be some scarring. Incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible, and the resulting scars will fade over time. The benefits of smaller, lighter breasts and improved breast shape outweigh the inevitable scarring that will result.
When will I be able to return to normal activities after having breast reduction surgery?
Most patients can return to work and resume their normal activities after a week or two of recovery time, but they should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Dr. Linder will give you specific guidelines to follow after the procedure to ensure the safest and most effective recovery.
How long will the results of breast reduction surgery last?
Breast reduction surgery will permanently reduce the size of the breasts, and the breasts will continue to age naturally over time.