Breast REDUCTION details
Breast reduction involves removing skin and glandular tissue from the breast in order to reduce the overall size of the breast. At the same time, the nipple and remaining gland is repositioned so the patient also receives an overall breast lift and reduction of the areola. This is achieved using a vertical or “lollipop” scar or an anchor scar.
The nipple remains attached the remaining breast tissue; this provides a blood supply to the nipple. The gland is then positioned to give an overall small and more aesthetically pleasing breast shape. The tissue removed during surgery is sent for analysis. This procedure is often combined with liposuction of stubborn fat deposits of the armpit and lateral chest wall to improve the overall appearance on the breast.
After the procedure
This procedure takes 2 - 2.5 hours and you will return home the same day. All stitches used are dissolvable and are placed under the skin so there are no stitches to remove. You may return to work within 2 weeks and are asked to refrain from exercise and heavy lifting during this time. You are asked to refrain from using underwire bras for 8 weeks to reduce any irritation to the incisions. Dr. Watts will also guide you with post-operative scar treatment to ensure the best appearing scars.
Possible complications include hematoma (blood collection), seroma (fluid collection), sensory changes to the nipple, breast or nipple asymmetry, infection, nipple necrosis, DVT and PE. These risks are low and will be explained to you by Dr. Watts during your consultation.