Breast reduction, otherwise known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is a procedure for women with large breasts who experience physical discomfort such as neck and back pain. Women may choose breast reduction as a way to minimize these problems due to carrying around the extra weight. Women with excessively large breasts often opt for this type of procedure to improve their lifestyle to overcome issues like difficulty exercising, performing day-to-day activities, and even maintaining hygiene.
During this procedure, Dr. Haeck will reduce breast size by process of removing fatty tissue, glandular tissue and excess skin. During this procedure, the nipple may also be relocated as well as help breasts become firmer. The areolas often become stretched and may also be reduced in size. More often, the nipple and areola will remain attached to the original blood supply but for extremely large breasts, they may need to be removed and transplanted. Sometimes, a liposuction procedure may be recommended depending on the amount of excess fat present in the breasts.
There are different incision techniques. One of them is a “lollipop” incision where it circles the areola. The other one is called anchor-shaped which follows the natural curve of the breast. The incisions may be effectively hidden beneath undergarments and bathing suits.
What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery
Following breast reduction, patients may experience temporary swelling and bruising that should subside in 2 to 3 weeks. We recommend patients to wait about 3 to 4 weeks before they engage in exercise. Most breast reduction patients can typically return to work in 2 weeks. Dr. Haeck will provide you with pain medication to help relieve any post-operative pain.
Dr. Haeck will discuss with you the details and risks of breast reduction surgery during your complimentary one-on-one consultation.
Learn More about Breast Reduction Surgery
Proper education is the best way to make an informed decision about any procedure. If you have any questions about the breast reduction procedure, contact us at 206-860-4684 and we will be happy to assist you.