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Breast Reduction

Improving Shape and Size

Many women tend to have oversized breasts. Sometimes this is congenital or due to weight gain. If the breast size is disproportionate to the rest of the body, it can compromise the aesthetic appearance and cause undue stress on the neck or shoulders. Breast reduction surgery is an effective solution to correct this condition. The procedure can safely reduce the size of the breasts, improve the shape, and even reduce the size of the areola.

Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Improve the physical appearance: Oversized breasts, particularly when they are disproportionate to the weight and height, can cause difficulty in bra fitting or finding appropriately sized clothes. Patients often can be self-conscious of breast size which can cause stress in social situations.
  • Eliminate discomfort: Large and heavy breasts can not only cause constant discomfort, but may also result in pain in the back and neck, posture problems, and skin irritation.
  • Enhance physical activity: Patients with large breasts may have to curtail their participation in sports and other vigorous physical activities or exercises. Breast reduction procedure can allow more freedom to carry out the choice of physical activities.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient, usually taking about 2 to 4 hours depending on the extent of tissue that needs to be removed.   In almost all cases, the nipple and areola are moved to a more desirable position.  If the reduction is on the smaller size, incisions can be confined to around the areola and a small vertical incision on the bottom portion of the incision.  If the reduction is larger, a horizontal or “anchor” type of incision will be needed.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Stitches may be removed within a week after the breast reduction surgery. Some pain and discomfort may be experienced for a few days, which can be managed with over the counter pain relieving medication. Bruising and swelling may last for several weeks. The patient will have to wear a surgical bra for several weeks, until the healing is complete.

Contact Dr. Prince

Dr. Prince believes in a surgical philosophy of individualized assessment of form and function to ensure optimal results.  During your initial consultation, Dr. Prince will discuss all of your breast surgery options, and will work in partnership with you to formulate a customized treatment plan tailored to fulfill your unique aesthetic goals. If you would like more information about breast surgery, please contact Dr. Prince today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to setting up your initial consultation with Dr. Prince.