Excessively large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and helps to alleviate the mental and physical discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
There are several surgical techniques for breast reduction, but the most common involves an incision around the areola. After the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped.
Three common incision techniques include:
Around the areola.
Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision.
After breast reduction surgery, patients may experience pain, which can be relieved with prescribed pain medication. Patients are required to wear a surgical bra until swelling and bruising subsides. Stitches are removed about three weeks after surgery. During the recovery process it is important to remember not to engage in physical activities or perform any heavy lifting.