Technically known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure which can make large breasts smaller, lighter and more proportionate to the rest of the body. Women may seek breast reduction to relieve a variety of symptoms including physical discomforts like improper posture, back and neck pain, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, skin rashes and indentations from bra straps, as well as self-consciousness.
Dr. Andrew Kleinman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience in breast reduction surgery, serving clients in Westchester and Greenwich for more than 25 years. He will help you to achieve your desired look by working closely with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. As with all surgery, women considering breast reduction must be in good health and realistic in their expectations. Women planning to breast feed in the future or younger women whose breasts have not fully developed may be advised to postpone surgery.
BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
Your breast reduction surgery will likely be performed with general anesthesia. An average of two to four hours is typically needed to complete the surgery. The most common breast reduction incision is shaped like an anchor, circling around the areola, extending downward in a vertical line and then running horizontally along the lower breast crease. Once the incisions are made, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed.
BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY
Recovery after breast reduction may involve some swelling and bruising. A bandage or surgical bra may be worn for the first few days and drains may be placed at the incision sites. Some achiness or discomfort may occur which can be countered with medication. The stitches may be removed in stages within one to three weeks after your surgery. Most breast reduction patients are back to work and their usual routine within about two weeks.