Procedure Time: 2-3 Hrs
Recovery Time: 3-5 Days
Overview: Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery with Seattle cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, can improve the size and shape of a woman’s breast. Women often seek a breast reduction to improve body proportion, reduce sagging, and to improve how clothing fits. Often considered for women who suffer from neck pain, back pain and other physical ailments from overly large breasts, this procedure is often safely utilized to provide a better quality of life. Breast reduction may involve using a variety of techniques, including liposuction only with just a small incision. For women who require a more extensive surgery, Dr. Jonov will discuss the best option in terms of incision placement and nipple repositioning so that the optimal results can be attained.
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Liposuction will remove excess breast tissue and surgery will remove loose skin.
Questions about Breast Reduction
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a subsequent pregnancy or weight gain.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. An incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
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During/After Breast Reduction
Our surgeons perform breast reductions under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a draining tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, we direct patients to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
”I was very skeptical to get a Breast Augmentation at first but I figured I would make a consultation appointment to see what they had to say. Dr. Jonov and his assistants made me feel very comfortable about making my decision. It has been a month since my surgery date and I couldn’t be happier. The staff is so pleasant to be around and always has smiles lit up on there faces. They even greet me by name which makes me feel important, especially since they remember exactly who I am. I am very happy I decided to undergo Breast Augmentation and am very happy with the helpful team at Gallaria of Cosmetics! Thanks all!