Reduction mammoplasty, or breast reduction as it is more commonly known, is a surgical procedure which removes fat and glandular tissue and tightens the skin of large breasts to make them smaller, lighter and more proportionate to the body. Breast reduction can relieve a number of physical ailments caused by large or heavy breasts including back and neck pain, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, improper posture, and skeletal deformities. The result is firmer, more youthful breasts with the nipples in a more elevated position.
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations for improving large, heavy or pendulous breasts. If you intend to breast feed in the future, you may be advised to postpone the surgery as many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed. Younger patients may also be advised to postpone surgery until the breasts are fully grown.
Dr. Manchester may perform your breast reduction procedure in the hospital or at his clinic located in San Diego, California. Surgical times range from two to four hours and general anesthesia is most commonly used. The incision for breast reduction runs around the nipple, extends down vertically to the fold beneath the breast and runs horizontally along the fold. This will result in a scar that will be concealed by most bikini tops and bras and will fade to a fine line in time. Working through the incision, Dr. Manchester will remove excess fat, skin and glandular tissue and reposition the nipples. During this process the areola will be reduced to normal size without loss of nipple sensation.
After your breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be numb for several weeks. Pain medication will help to relieve your discomfort. A bandage or surgical bra will be worn for the first few days. A return to work is usually anticipated within two weeks, though you will need to take it easy for the first month. Your wounds will require a minimum of six weeks to fully heal.
What is breast reduction?
Breast reduction, which is referred to as reduction mammaplasty in the medical field, is a surgical procedure which improves very large or pendulous breasts by making them smaller, lighter, and more proportionate to the body. During surgery, fat and glandular tissue are removed and the breast skin is tightened.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for breast reduction?
If you are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving large, heavy, sagging or pendulous breasts, then the breast reduction may be right for you. Women seeking breast reduction are often bothered by a variety of physical ailments including back and neck pain, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, improper posture, and skeletal deformities. Younger patients may be advised to postpone the surgery until the breasts are fully grown, as well as women who are planning to breast feed in the future.
Where is the breast reduction procedure performed?
Dr. Manchester performs breast reduction procedures in the hospital or at his clinic in San Diego, California.
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