If you have large, heavy breasts, you can choose breast reduction surgery to improve the appearance of your breasts and alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain. A breast reduction, a common surgical procedure, can increase your self-confidence and give you more choices when you shop for clothes.
Breast Reduction Procedure Overview
The breast reduction procedure involves the surgical removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin to decrease the overall size of the breasts and improve their shape. The chest muscles are not affected by breast reduction surgery so the procedure is considered to be relatively minor. A breast reduction does not result in significant pain or discomfort. Breast reduction incisions are usually located around each areola, vertically down the bottom of the breasts and/or along each breast fold. The size and number of incisions needed depend on the amount of breast tissue, fat, and skin that must be removed during breast reduction surgery.
There are different breast reduction procedures, and Dr. Cho will give you a physical examination and customize your surgery to fit your needs and your goals. The most common techniques in breast reduction involve a keyhole or anchor-shaped incision, which allows Dr. Cho to remove tissue, reduce breast size and create a more youthful breast position.
The doctor may place small drainage tubes under each of your arms to help remove excess blood and fluids. The tubes will be removed 24-48 hours after surgery. You will be instructed to avoid strenuous activities and lifting heavy objects when you go home.
Some people have liposuction performed along with a breast reduction.
Weight loss may help to reduce the size of your breasts, and exercise can decrease the amount of fat in the breast tissue.
Swelling, scarring and bruising are the most common side effects of a breast reduction. The procedure also carries the risk of a reaction to anesthesia, hematoma and infection, like other surgical procedures. You may need revision surgery if there is a variation in size and shape of your breasts. You may also experience decreased nipple sensation for up to a year.
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