Breast Reduction Surgery Can Eliminate Discomfort and Boost Self-Confidence. Your breasts should not be a source of discomfort. In addition to detracting from a woman’s beauty, overly large breasts can cause neck, back and shoulder pain, an inability to engage in many physical activities, and poor posture. Fortunately, Dr. Barry N. Silberg performs breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, surgery at his Santa Rosa, CA, practice to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from breasts. The end result is a better-proportioned breasts, enhanced physical comfort, and improved body image. If your breasts are causing you discomfort, you may benefit tremendously from a breast reduction. To learn more, please contact us to schedule your free consultation today!
An Introduction to Breast Reduction Surgery
Overly large breasts can cause a number of problems, including physical pain and discomfort, an inability to engage in physical activity, and self-consciousness. Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that can help resolve these issues by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is comfortable and in proportion with your body. Breast Reduction surgery may be combined with breast lift surgery (mastopexy).
Breast Reduction Mastopexy
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Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you:
- are bothered or embarrassed by the size of your breasts
- are experiencing neck, back and shoulder pain
- have indentations from bra straps or irritation under the breast creases
- are unable to engage in desired physical activities due to overly large breasts
As with any surgical procedure, it’s a big plus for candidates who are non-smokers and who maintain good habits for nutrition and fitness.
Procedure for Breast Reduction Surgery
For breast reduction surgery, you will be put under general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately three hours. Incisions are made to remove excess fat, glandular tissue and skin.
The type of incision used to reduce the size of your breasts will be based on your particular breast composition, amount of reduction desired and personal preferences. Dr. Silberg will help you decide which option is best for you.
Incision types include:
- A circular pattern around the areola. The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, but are concealed under a bra.
- A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
- An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern
After the incision is made, the nipple, which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply, is repositioned. The underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. In the case of extremely large breasts, a free nipple graft may be required (the nipple and areola are removed and transplanted to a higher position).
The incisions are then closed around the smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue and 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.
Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery
After the procedure, you will be taken into a recovery room and closely monitored. Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn provide support and reduce swelling during recovery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess fluid.
Before leaving, you will be given specific instructions for aftercare and follow-up. These instructions will also be reviewed with the person taking you home. After you have gone home, Dr. Silberg will be available 24/7 to respond to any concerns should they arise.
You may experience some tenderness and swelling for a few weeks. You should plan for restricted activity for at least three weeks post-surgery.
Learn More about Breast Reduction Surgery
Call our office today at (707) 528-0911 or submit our online form to schedule your free breast reduction consultation with Dr. Silberg!