A reduction mammoplasty also known as a breast reduction is a procedure that is used to reduce the volume and size of the breasts. The breast skin is also tailored and the nipple and areola are elevated to provide a more youthful breast shape. Large breasts or macromastia can cause symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder strap grooving, postural problems, and rashes. In some cases, a breast reduction for symptomatic macromastia may be covered by your insurance plan.
There are different techniques that may be used for a breast reduction. In most cases an incision is made around the areola, from the areola to the inframammary fold or crease, and then along the inframammary crease. Skin and excess breast tissue is removed. The nipple and areola are elevated and the areola is often downsized. The breast is then reshaped. In general, patient satisfaction is very high with this procedure because it not only improves or eliminates their symptoms but it also corrects the sagging of the breasts and creates a more aesthetic breast shape.
During the recovery period, the patient will have activity limitations in order to decrease the risk of postoperative complications. The patient will have a dressing in place and either an ace wrap bandage or a surgical bra. There will be sutures in place that require suture removal. Postoperative medications include an antibiotic, pain medication, and an anti-nausea medication to be used as needed. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to assure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.