Breast Reduction Procedures
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. It is used to help minimize pain and discomfort that comes with having oversized breasts, as well as to help with proportion.
Overly large breasts can cause women to feel uncomfortable and unhappy with their appearance, and also pose difficulties with leading the lifestyle they desire. Common problems include tenderness, limitations for exercise and sports, and being unable to wear certain types of clothes due to the size of the breasts. A breast reduction can correct this issue and is particularly useful for cases where the tissue cannot be reduced naturally with diet and fitness.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate?
There are a variety of things that can make someone a good candidate for a reduction. Many patients who seek this procedure experience symptoms that lead them to seek treatment including, but not limited to, the following:
- Patient is unhappy with large size of breasts
- Physical activity is difficult because of breast size
- Pain in neck, back, and shoulders is experienced due to large breasts
- Breasts hang low and appear pendulous, causing the skin to stretch and bra straps to leave indentations
- Areolas have enlarged from stretched skin
Being in good overall health prior to surgery is required. Your surgeon may request that you quit smoking for several weeks before and after the procedure to improve healing as well.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Incisions are made in locations designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed surgically. The incision may be circular around the areola, or in a keyhole pattern involving the areola and lower portion of the breast. On occasion, a vertical or anchor-shaped incision may be used. Your surgeon will discuss this with you before your procedure. The nipple is repositioned, and the areola is resized.
The incision is brought together to reshape the breasts, and sutures are placed deep in the breast tissue to help support the new shape. It is then closed using skin adhesive, surgical tape, sutures, or a combination of these methods. The lines and scarring from the incision will often fade with time.
When Will I See Results?
While you will notice an immediate change, the full effects won’t be completely visible until the bruising and swelling have gone down completely, which varies in time depending on how fast your body heals. The final results are long-lasting, and you will be able to enjoy activities free from pain and restrictions.
Book a Consultation with a UELC Surgeon
Individuals interested in a breast reduction procedure should contact us and schedule a free Personal Consultation with a UELC specialist. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your goals. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the best results. For more information, visit our FAQ page. We have three locations in Vaughan, Toronto and Brampton to help serve you better.