Breast Reduction Surgery: Our Process
Our Breast Reduction specialists perform breast reduction surgery in 5 steps:
First, we administer medications for your comfort during breast reduction surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
2. THE INCISION
There are 3 incision options for this procedure:
3. REMOVING TISSUE AND REPOSITIONING
After the incision is made, the nipple (which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply) is then repositioned. If necessary, the areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast. This is known as a free nipple graft.
4. CLOSING THE INCISIONS
The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Next, sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
5. SEE THE RESULTS
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.