Breast Reduction with Breast Lift
Not every woman considers having large breasts a gift. In fact, some women may consider it a burden. Large breasts may result in shoulder or back pain, and contribute to decreased self-esteem. A surgical procedure known as a breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, can be done to reduce the size of the breasts. It can also be combined with a breast lift, or a mastopexy, to enhance the surgical results of perkier, more youthful breasts.
A breast reduction may be recommended to patients whose large breasts limit their physical activity and contribute to physical pain. The patient may find the need for a breast reduction through subtle symptoms such as having skin indentations from bra straps or skin irritation underneath the breast crease. To avoid misshapen breasts after a reduction procedure, a breast lift can help improve the contour of the breasts, making them perkier and younger-looking. It is important that patients who are interested in this combined surgical procedure are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and are not planning to be pregnant anytime soon, as such factors can greatly affect the results of the procedure.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can reduce the discomfort caused by having large breasts. It is done by removing excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue in the breasts to reduce their size, making them proportional to the body. Usually performed under general anesthesia, a breast reduction may be completed in about two to four hours as a single procedure. If it is done in conjunction with a breast lift, the procedure can go on much longer. In the case of an additional breast lift procedure, which aims to raise the breasts to make them look more youthful, excess skin around the breasts is removed and tightened to achieve the desired contour.
During a reduction and lift procedure, anesthesia will be administered to promote patient comfort throughout the surgery. During such procedure, the incision can have a circular pattern around the areola, or it may be a keyhole-shaped incision around the areola and down to the breast crease. The surgeon may also use an anchor-shaped or inverted T-shaped incision pattern. Once the incision has been made, the areola is reduced by excising excess skin around the perimeter if deemed necessary, but the areola is retained in place. The underlying tissue in the breasts is then reduced, reshaped or lifted to their desired size and contour. In the case of extremely large and pendulous breasts, both the areola and nipple may need to be removed and repositioned to a much higher part on the breast. The incisions are then closed to reveal smaller breasts. Your surgeon will discuss the available surgical approaches and the pros and cons to each technique during your initial consultation.
Patients of a breast reduction and a breast lift usually require a week off from work following the surgery. During this time, it’s extremely important to get plenty of rest to promote healing. It’s best to avoid activities that involve bending and heavy lifting. Typically, exercise can be resumed a few weeks after a breast lift, yet patients are advised to begin slowly when resuming their normal physical routine. Scarring can be minimized by wearing compression garments as required, avoiding smoking, and eating a healthy diet.
The results of the combined procedures of breast reduction and breast lift are usually long-lasting, relieving you from the discomfort and physical limitations from your previous breast size. This new contour will not only help enhance one’s self-image but will also boost one’s confidence.