Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure 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.
Ideal candidates for a breast reduction procedure are healthy, fully developed women who maintain a stable weight who may feel self-conscious or experience discomfort due to overly large breasts.
This procedure can address a number of issues with regard to overly large breasts. Some of these issues include:
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.
Prior to the procedure, general anesthetic or intravenous sedation will be 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.
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 visible. Regular activities may be resumed in a few months. Some of the uncommon risks of this procedure include pain, infection, and asymmetric healing.
For more information about breast reductions, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and 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, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.