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Breast Reduction

BREAST REDUCTION (REDUCTION MAMMAPLASTY)

A breast reduction is a procedure that removes excess fat and tissue from the breast to create smaller proportional breasts. Women usually seek this type of procedure if they experience pain and discomfort from large heavy breasts.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A GOOD CANDIDATE:

  • Your large breasts cause you to have back, neck, or shoulder pain.
  • You experience discomfort from bra straps digging into your shoulder
  • You experience skin irritation under your breasts.
  • Your large breast limit physical activity.

PROCEDURE:

One of our board certified anesthesiologist would administer the general anesthesia to make you as comfortable as possible during your procedure. Once asleep and prepped for surgery, Dr. Hustak would make the incision and begin the breast reduction. The incision made would depend on the plan both you and Dr. Hustak discuss prior to surgery, based on your current anatomy, age, and degree of reduction desired.

INCISION OPTIONS:

  • A circular pattern around the areola (nipple)
  • Keyhole pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
  • An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern.

*Note incision lines that remain are visible and will form permanent scars, although they will fade as they heal and are well concealed under clothing.

Once Dr. Hustak makes the incision, she will begin to cut and remove the excess tissue then reposition the nipple. The nipple (areola) is reduced in size if needed by trimming the skin around the perimeter. The areola and nipple stay attached to your body and breast ducts the whole time and only get repositioned.

After the nipple (areola) is in place the incisions are sewn together to reshape the now smaller breast. Incision lines will fade and improve overtime. The benefits from a breast reduction are immediate.

RECOVERY:

A  supportive bra may be worn to promote incision healing and reduce swelling. No drains are typically used. A special glue and tape are used on your incisions to promote good scars, and these are typically left in place for 3 weeks.

Patients typically return to work within a week if their job does not require much physical tasks. Restrictions from physical activity for 4-6 weeks is necessary as you heal. Be sure to follow Dr. Hustak’s recovery protocol and keep all post-op appointments to ensure optimal results.

COMPLICATIONS:

Surgery is not without complications, but thankfully, complications are fairly low after this procedure. There are complications associated with the procedure itself (bleeding or hematoma, scarring, fluid accumulation (seroma), changes in nipple sensation, infection, mild breast asymmetry and delayed wound healing. )

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