Breast reduction, also called reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin, making breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body. The areola may be reduced and repositioned as well.
Breast Reduction Can:
- Give significant relief from physical and emotional discomforts
- Give a new sense of freedom in exercise and physical activity
- Give you an ability to wear a greater variety of clothing
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Heavy, sagging breasts with very low nipples and areolas
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
- Skin irritation under your breasts
- Indentations in your shoulders caused by tight bra straps
- Restricted your physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
- Feelings of self-consciousness about the large size of your breasts
- One breast that is much larger than the other
The specific method for your breast reduction will be chosen by Dr. Swier. The most common method uses a three-part incision. One part of the incision is made around the areola. Another is made vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is a horizontal one beneath the breast, which follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
Dr. Swier will determine in each case which incision is best. For some patients, a horizontal incision may not be necessary. And men and women whose breasts contain a significant amount of fatty tissue may be able to have liposuction alone to reduce breast size.
After excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed, the areola and nipple are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which is usually larger than ideal, is reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour, especially on the sides of the breasts. The nipples and areolas usually remain attached to their underlying tissue, allowing for a preservation of sensation and also preserving the ability to breast-feed (although it is not guaranteed).