Women with large breasts who are unhappy with their appearance and/or want to treat symptoms such as back pain, breathing problems and poor posture may benefit from breast reduction surgery. This procedure removes fat and glandular tissue from the breast while tightening skin to produce smaller breasts that are more comfortable and in better proportion to the rest of the body. In addition to physical pain and other symptoms, large breasts may also draw unwanted attention that can affect a woman’s self-esteem and make her uncomfortable with her appearance. A breast reduction can help a patient regain confidence and enjoy a renewed self-image by creating a body contour she is proud of. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Walden will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations for surgery, as well as to inform you of the details of your chosen procedure. This discussion is important for helping you to achieve the precise results you desire. Each procedure is fully customized for the individual patient.
Candidates for Breast Reduction
Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about two to four hours, depending on the techniques used and each patient’s individual case. There are several different types of incisions that may be used for this procedure. Dr. Walden will determine the best type for you after evaluating your breasts.
- Traditional Breast Reduction Surgery – This technique involves an anchor-shaped incision, and is ideal for women with extremely large breasts, although scarring is usually more apparent. Skin, fat and tissue can be removed from the lower breast; the nipples and areolas may be repositioned as well.
- Vertical-Incision Breast Reduction – Also known as short-scar, this technique involves incisions that extend around the areola and down to the breast crease in a lollipop shape. Vertical incision is ideal for women with moderately large breasts, and creates shapelier results with less scarring for women who do not require extensive tissue removal.
- Scarless Breast Reduction – Scarless breast reduction uses liposuction techniques to reduce the size of the breast with little or no scarring. Because liposuction removes only fatty tissue, patients should have more fatty tissue than glandular tissue. This technique is commonly used on men with enlarged breasts.