Breast reduction surgery procedure is also known as reduction mammaplasty, and involves the removal of excess breast tissue in order to make the breasts more proportionate with the rest of the body, or to lessen any pain that may be related to excessively large breasts.
Overly large breasts with excess breast tissue may cause serious lifestyle impairment. Desired activities may not be possible or may be painful due to poorly supported breasts. Reduction of the breast tissue may allow patients to live a lifestyle that they prefer.
Candidates for a Breast Reduction
Ideal candidates for a breast reduction procedure are healthy, fully developed women who maintain a stable weight and feel self-consciousness or discomfort due to overly large breasts.
This procedure can address a number of issues with overly large breasts. Some of these issues include:
- Sagging or drooping breast tissue
- Low, flattened breasts
- Stretched skin
- Nipples hanging below the breast crease
- Enlarged areolas due to stretched breast skin
Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking long before the procedure. Patients who have additional weight that they wish to lose should do so prior to their procedure to avoid the necessity of revisions.
How a Breast Reduction Works
Prior to the procedure, general anesthetic or intravenous sedation are administered. The first incision is made around the nipple. For procedures where more skin needs to be removed, another incision may be made from the nipple down to the bottom of the breast.
Excess breast tissue is removed from the breast, and the nipple is adjusted to a more central location. The remaining tissue is sutured in place for support. The areola size may be reduced by removing the outside tissue. The incisions are closed with fine sutures to minimize eventual scarring.
What Happens After a Breast Reduction Procedure?
Once the breast reduction procedure is finished, dressings and bandages are applied to the wound, and a compression garment may be used to limit the swelling and bruising. Tubes may be utilized to drain any naturally occurring fluids that may exit the wound during healing.
Incision lines will slowly heal over the next few days. Though the changes may not be immediately apparent, after a few weeks the swelling should go down and the overall changes should be clear. Regular activities may be resumed in a few months. Some of the uncommon risks of this procedure include pain, infection and asymmetric healing.
Learn More about Breast Reduction in Oklahoma City
For more information about breast reductions, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas an Houston.