Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the size and weight of large breasts, creating a profile that is proportional to your body. The surgery involves removing excess breast tissue, fat, and sagging skin.
Many patients choose breast reduction surgery to minimize issues involving:
- Pain in the neck back or shoulder region
- Shoulder grooves from bra straps
- Soreness or pain from exercise
- Large nipples and enlarged areolas
Plastic surgeons use different surgical procedures for breast reduction. The technique used depends on the patient’s breast anatomy, as well as the type and amount of tissue to be removed. Breast reduction surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.
Liposuction – works best for women whose breast size is largely due to excess fatty tissue with little or no sagging to correct and have good skin elasticity.
The benefits of liposuction for breast reduction are:
- The procedure is faster and less invasive.
- The scars are undetectable.
- It produces long lasting results.
Vertical or inverted-T breast reductions – procedures are long-lasting and work best with women with:
- Sagging or asymmetrical breasts
- Stretch skin
- Large amounts of tissue to remove
Lollipop reduction (vertical reduction) – removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue. The surgeon then reshapes and lifts the breast. This technique works best for women who have noticeable sagging or only require a moderate reduction in breast size. Vertical breast reduction leaves a small amount of scarring below the nipple and can be easily concealed.
Anchor reduction (inverted-T) – requires three incisions but allows for maximum tissue removal and reshaping. This method works best if a patient requires a significant reduction, has considerable sagging, or for correcting uneven breasts. Scarring is similar to a vertical reduction but includes another scar beneath the breast. The scars can be discreetly concealed under clothing or bikini top.