Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast tissue and skin to ease discomfort and to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery frequently are seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction usually can ease these problems as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts. Reasons for this surgery include:
- To correct breast size that is too large for the body frame and creates neck, back, or shoulder pain.
- To correct heavy breasts that point downward.
- To balance a significant difference in breast size.
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who may feel self-conscious about the large appearance of breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts. The technique used to reduce the size varies and will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and Dr. Gumucio’s advice.
If you're considering breast reduction, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure--when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask Dr. Gumucio if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.
Time in surgery: 3 hours
Time off from work: 2 weeks
Are you a candidate?
Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. You will need to discuss your goals with Dr. Gumucio to reach an understanding of what can actually be achieved.
How is a breast reduction procedure performed?
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess glandular tissue and skin. Incision options include:
- A circular pattern around the areola (figure 1)
- A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease (figure 2)
- An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern (figure 3)
Figure 1 - Before
Figure 2 - Before
Figure 3 - Before