Breast reduction surgery is a commonly referred to as breast mammoplasty surgery. Breast reduction is an elective cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce the size and bulk of a woman’s breasts. Most breast reduction surgery techniques involve components of breast mastopexy (or breast lift) to elevate and firm the remaining tissue. The result is a significant reduction in the size of the breasts combined with a more pleasing, youthful breast shape.
There are several different breast reduction procedures, each with their own risks and benefits. Your 8 West Clinic plastic surgeon is board certified and specializes in breast reduction surgery and will choose from a variety of techniques depending on each patient’s physical characteristics and objectives.
The vertical incision breast reduction surgery technique is sometimes referred to as the short scar or LeJour breast reduction method. This technique can result in more shapely breasts and less scarring than the anchor pattern technique. The vertical incision method of breast reductions has become more popular, and might be appropriate for women who do not require extensive tissue removal. While the idea of a less scarring is appealing, patients should understand that this procedure is only appropriate for women with very specific breast features. Your plastic surgeon will do a thorough evaluation of your needs and objectives during your surgical consult.
Despite these disadvantages, many patients find the benefits far outweigh the costs of breast reduction surgery.
The placement of skin incision and scar patterns that your plastic surgeon uses in breast reduction surgery depend on a number of variables including the amount of excess skin, elasticity, and degree of elevation required. The short scar vertical incision approach will require a scar around the areolar (pariareolar) and a vertical scar that extends from the centerline incision. The shape of the scar resembles a lollipop. The vertical scar can be quite visible, even after healed, and patients need to evaluate their tolerance for scarring carefully before they proceed with surgery.
The traditional anchor pattern breast reduction technique has many advantages for women with extremely large breasts, however it is also the most invasive type of breast reduction surgery.
The placement of skin incision and scar patterns used depend on a number of variables including the amount of excess skin, elasticity, and degree of elevation required.
In the traditional breast reduction surgery technique, incisions are made horizontally under the breast in the crease and extend vertically up to and around the nipple, creating an anchor pattern. Though this method uses the most extensive incisions of any breast reduction technique used today, the resulting scars can often be hidden by bathing suits and even low cut tops.
The short scar vertical technique is also used during some breast lift procedures.
Every woman’s breasts are different. There is no one right approach, and only through a consultation with your breast reduction specialist at 8 West Clinic can your needs and objectives be properly assessed. There are several different types of breast surgery that may be appropriate for you:
Breast implant surgery involves the placement of saline or silicone filled implants behind the breast to increase the size and the shape.
Breast lift surgery can be accomplished using different scar patters, depending on each patient and is appropriate for patients who have sagging or drooping breasts. Breast lifts are often combined with breast implants to achieve the best result.
Healthy women who have realistic expectations of breast reduction surgery may be good candidates.
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are bothered by any of the following physical features:
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are in general, in good health:
Following breast mastopexy or breast reduction, it is expected that you will experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising which can last from two to three weeks. You can moderate the pain experienced during the first week of surgery with oral pain medication, after which time it is typically not necessary.
Prior to your surgery, your patient care team will provide detailed pre and pre surgery instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for the surgery and the recovery period. You will be advised not so sleep on your stomach for three weeks following surgery, and to wear a surgical bra for the first week or so. The surgical bra will be replaced by a sports bra which you will be encouraged to wear at all times for several weeks.
It is common to experience some loss of feeling in the nipples, which is caused by swelling. This numbness usually subsides along with the swelling over the next six to eight weights weeks, although sometimes it can last longer.
The following information will give you a sense for what kinds of activities are safe during the recovery period.
All surgeries have associated risks. Your plastic surgeon will review the risks and benefits of the surgery in detail during your surgical consult. In general, complications of facelift surgery, while not expected, include:
Vancouver breast mamopexy surgery is often combined with liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. This combination is particularly popular with mothers who are frustrated by the body changes that occurred as a result of pregnancy.
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