Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty)
Candidates for this procedure are those patients with large, heavy breasts, back, shoulder and neck pain, poor posture, bra strap indentations and chafing under the breasts. You may also desire this procedure if you have excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self confidence. If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise, this procedure may be helpful to the patient.
The procedure is intended to give the patient a more attractive contour and smaller breast size as well as improved self image.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia in the hospital with one overnight stay. Incisions are made around the nipple areola complex and extend vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. The nipple areola complex is moved upward to the desired location; excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed. The procedure time ranges from 2.5 – 4 hours.
The incisions are covered with light dressings, and the breasts are placed in a bra. The bra holds the breasts symmetrically during initial healing. Sutures are usually dis-solvable except the nipple sutures that are removed in 7-10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade in 6-12 months. Surgery will probably reduce and possibly eliminate the ability to breast feed.
An additional procedure that would enhance the result is Liposuction of the axillary area to reduce excess fat deposits.
This procedure is commonly covered by insurance. Our staff will assist you in obtaining per-authorization.
***The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
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