The Breast Reduction Procedure
The procedure surgically reduces excess breast tissue, fat and skin, making breasts smaller and firmer. The areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) may be reduced and repositioned. The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions:
- One incision is made around the areola
- The second runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
- The third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After Dr. Schusterman has reduced excess breast tissue, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually has been stretched, is then 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 under the arm.
In most cases, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this allows for the preservation of sensation. The ability to breast-feed may also be preserved by this method, although this cannot be guaranteed.
After the Breast Reduction Procedure
The incisions will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible, more so in some individuals than others. Fortunately, the incisions for breast reduction are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even with low-cut necklines.
After surgery, you may notice decreased sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This is usually temporary. It may, however, take over a year before sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to assume a more natural shape.
As with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast reduction surgery, which should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.
If Breast Reduction Surgery interests you, and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.