Women who are unhappy about having overly large and cumbersome breasts may benefit from breast reduction surgery. During this surgical procedure, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts to produce a more attractive and comfortable chest profile. Dr. Sung performs various breast reduction techniques to increase patient comfort, make the breasts appear more proportional, and boost patient confidence.
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AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST REDUCTION?
The ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery have realistic expectations of the procedure and are in generally good health. Women may consider breast reduction surgery if they can relate to any of the following cosmetic concerns attributed to having breasts of a substantial size:
- Sagging, pendulous breasts
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Poor posture
- Deep grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
- Stretched or malpositioned nipples and areolas
HOW IS A BREAST REDUCTION PERFORMED?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually lasts about two to five hours. It typically takes place at a hospital, an office-based surgical suite, or an ambulatory center. Excess breast tissue is removed and reshaped to achieve the desired breast contour, and the nipples and areolas are repositioned or resized. Excess skin is trimmed to create more definition, and incisions are closed with stitches. Depending on the size, shape, and degree of sagging of the breasts, as well as the amount of excess breast tissue, Dr. Sung will use one of four breast reduction techniques.
Breast Reduction Techniques
The periareolar technique involves creating two concentric incisions around the areolas. Through these incisions, excess tissue is removed, and areolas may be altered. The periareolar technique is most appropriate for women who need a mild breast reduction.
The lollipop technique involves creating one incision around the areola and follows vertically down the lower breast to the inframammary fold. Through these incisions, excess tissue is removed, the breasts are reshaped, and the areolas may be reduced. The lollipop technique is most appropriate for women who desire moderate breast reduction.
The anchor technique involves creating an incision that encircles the areola and runs vertically down the breast to the crease as well as an incision that follows along the inframammary fold horizontally. Through these incisions, excess tissue is removed, the breasts are reshaped, and the areolas may be reduced. The anchor technique is most appropriate for women who need extensive breast reduction.
Liposuction is sometimes performed alone to reduce breast size in both men and women, but it only removes fatty tissue. Because many patients suffer from excess glandular tissue as well as excess breast fat and sagging skin, liposuction is not always the most appropriate approach to breast reduction. The advantage of using liposuction for breast reduction is that it is less invasive than the other techniques and produces little scarring.
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“ I went for a consultation for the first time and Dr. Sung made me feel immediately at ease with his warm and cheerful personality. While I didn’t know much about any treatments, Dr. Sung didn’t oversell and provided customized advice. He read my mind and within a few mins, I was given a very natural improvement that I’ve always wanted. He also spent a long time chatting with me afterward and didn’t shy away from giving compliments. I left feeling I rediscovered my outer and inner beauty. “
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY BREAST REDUCTION?
Patients can expect to notice the results of their breast reduction surgery immediately following the procedure. The breasts will continue to improve in appearance over the next few months as residual swelling subsides and scars fade. Breast reduction results are considered to be permanent as long as patients do not experience significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy following the procedure.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF A BREAST REDUCTION?
Complications associated with breast reduction surgery are uncommon, especially when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Although rare, the risks of breast reduction surgery can include the following:
- Changes in sensation
- Injury to nerves at or near the surgical site
- Inability to breastfeed
- Nipple or areola loss
- Fluid accumulation
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