Eric Egozi, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Breast Reduction


Mammaplasty, extracts surplus breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is in proportion with the rest of your body. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are usually seeking to ease the ache caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction can also help improve the size and shape of your breasts while keeping their look natural. Following a breast reduction procedure, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your figure and your clothes will fit you better.

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have at least one of the following conditions:

  • breasts that are overly large in proportion to your body
  • heavy ┬ábreasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • breast asymmetry
  • pain in back, neck, or shoulder caused by the weight of your breasts
  • skin irritation and rashes beneath your breasts
  • indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
  • restriction of physical activities due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the appearance of your breasts

Although breast reduction can be implemented at any time, plastic surgeons recommend that patients wait until the breasts have stopped developing. Having children and breast-feeding can significantly affect the size and shape of your breasts, but many patients decide to proceed with breast reduction before having children and feel they can deal with any changes in the future. If you still plan to have children and breast-feed you should address this in particular with your surgeon.

During your initial consultation, you will be asked several questions about your desired breast size and any other improvements you would like to see in your breasts. Bringing your questions help your plastic surgeon to know your anticipations and decide whether they are realistic.

Where will the incisions be placed?

There are several factors and personal preferences that can decide whether a particular method will decrease the size of your breasts. The most common breast reduction procedure involves three incisions. One is made around the areola while another runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease beneath the breast. The third incision is made by following the natural curve of the breast crease. Once the surgeon has removed the excess breast fat, tissue, and skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a position. The areola is often reduced in size since it is regularly increased in larger breasts. Skin that was formerly above the nipple is brought down to reshape the breast. Usually, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying tissue, allowing for the preservation of sensation. The ability to breast-feed may also be preserved by this technique, but it is not guaranteed.

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