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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Introduction

If you have large breasts that are disproportionate to your body and you hope for physical relief from the symptoms caused by the excessive weight of your breasts, then you should set up a free consultation with Dr. John Kim to discuss breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty. This procedure involves surgical removal of the excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue for the purpose of easing both the physical and emotional stress associated with overly large breasts. Breast reduction aims to alleviate the physical pain and discomfort caused by your excess breast tissue so you may achieve a more active lifestyle. This procedure is a good option for women with heavy breasts with nipples that point downward, or for those with one breast quite a bit larger than the other. It is also for women who have back or shoulder pain as well as skin irritation beneath the breasts.

If you are in Chicago or the surrounding areas, please contact Dr. John Kim’s office to set up a consultation at Northwestern Plastic Surgery (312-695-6022). At your personalized consultation, you can work with Dr. Kim to establish your goals and desires to create a more beautiful you.

Check out Dr. Kim’s original research article entitled “The Impact of Body Mass Index on Reduction Mammaplasty: A Multicenter Analysis of 2492 Patients” here.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Choosing Breast Reduction Surgery

If you experience the emotional and physical stress of extremely large breasts, (also known as “gigantomastia”) breast reduction is likely a good option for you. If you are contemplating breast reduction surgery, you should make sure you are choosing it for you and not to meet someone else’s expectations. You should also be in good physical health and have realistic goals for what this surgery will achieve. When you meet with Dr. Kim at your initial visit, he will conduct a careful and thorough breast examination including taking detailed measurements of size, shape, nipple location, and skin quality. He will also ensure you are aware of any associated risks with the procedure.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

The Procedure

Reduction mammoplasty is the surgical removal of excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue from the breasts. There are various surgical techniques that can be used, and Dr. Kim determines what is best for you during your consultation visit based on your individual anatomy. For example, if you have excess fat in the breast area, Dr. Kim may choose to remove it through liposuction in conjunction with the reduction surgery.

There are 3 common incision patterns for reduction mammoplasty. The first is a circular pattern around the areola, as shown below:

  • The second is a keyhole pattern with a circular incision around the areola and then vertically down to the breast crease:
  • The third is an inverted T or anchor shaped pattern:

Once the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned and the areola (colored part around the nipple) is reduced. Then, the breast tissue is reduced, lifted, and reshaped. It is important to note that the nipple is typically not severed from its native blood and nerve supply, so there should be no complication involving death of the nipple tissue. However, extremely large, pendulous breasts may require nipple and areola removal and subsequent transplantation to a new spot to achieve more aesthetically pleasing positioning on the breast.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Recovery

Breast reduction surgery is commonly done on an outpatient basis, meaning the hospital stay lasts 23 or fewer hours. You may feel sore or notice swelling for a few weeks after surgery, but you should also have no trouble taking care of yourself right after the operation. Dr. Kim will apply dressings to your incisions right away, and in some cases he will also play a thin tube underneath your skin to drain any excess fluid that accumulates in your breast pocket. You will likely need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your reduced breasts during the initial healing period.

After a few weeks, you should be able to resume normal activity levels, such as mild exercise and returning to work. While it certainly may take some time for you to adjust to your new look, breast reduction patients report the highest level of satisfaction than other plastic surgery procedure. The incision lines from your breast reduction will gradually fade, and the marks that are left are easily concealable underneath clothing.

A major upside to breast reduction surgery is that the results are long lasting. Your new breasts should remain mostly constant in size for years, provided your weight does not fluctuate tremendously or you become pregnant. There is always the option to have a breast lift in conjunction with a breast reduction so as to restore the contour and shape of your breasts.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

 

For more information on breast reduction, please contact board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. John Kim at his office at Northwestern Plastic Surgery (312-695-6022).

 
 
 
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