Many patients feel that their breasts are too large, which causes them both physical and emotional discomfort. Excessively large breasts can be a source of self-consciousness as well as a cause of pain and difficulty performing certain physical activities. In these cases, breast reduction surgery is often the best option.
Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is the surgical removal of excess fat and glandular breast tissue. It can be performed for either medical or cosmetic reasons.
After the patient is placed under general anesthesia, Dr. Rosenberg will make an incision around the areola. Through this incision, underlying breast tissue can be removed and repositioned. The nipple remains connected to its original blood and nerve supply and will be repositioned to suit the new shape of the breast. The areola size is also reduced in proportion with the breast.
Incisions for breast reduction procedures leave permanent, visible scars, but these are likely to fade and improve in appearance over time.
Many patients who are troubled by overly large breasts are candidates for this surgery. If you have issues with self-image, physical pain, or other emotional and medical issues due to your large breasts, a breast reduction may be the right procedure for you. Good candidates are:
During recovery, most patients have dressings or bandages over incisions and may have small tubes to drain excess blood or fluid or support garments to minimize swelling.
Most patients will need to rest for one to two weeks after surgery before returning to normal activities like work or school. They should also refrain from strenuous activity, such as exercise, for about a month. Dr. Rosenberg will provide detailed instructions for recovery as well as prescriptions to help ease discomfort as you heal.
To find out more about breast reduction surgery and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.