breast reduction in scottsdale
Breast reduction is an enhancement procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Large breasts can cause physical pain as well as emotional and social anxiety. Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Reasons for Considering
a Breast Reduction:
Back, neck or shoulder pain
caused by heavy breasts
Sagging breasts produced by
their large size
Disproportionate body frame
attributed to oversized breasts
Restriction of physical activity
due to the size and weight of
Painful bra strap marks and/or
rashes as a result of large breasts
Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and then uner the natural curve under the breast. Dr. Shaw will then remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin and create a pedicle maintaining blood supply and sensation to the nipple/areola. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and the breast tissue is re-approximated. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation with Dr. Shaw where you will discuss your goals and expectations.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
After Care & Recovery
- After any type of breast reduction procedure, patients will likely experience mild soreness and swelling for a few days.
- The nipple areola will have a non-adherent gauze placed on them that will be removed in 2 days. Surgical drains may be used in this procedure especially in cases of extensive breast tissue removal.
- The breasts will be supported in a soft surgical bra for about three weeks or until healed. A sports bra can be substituted, but underwire bras are discouraged until the breast is completely healed which is commonly 6 weeks.
- Any stitches will be removed within 7-10 days.
- Most patients will be able to return to work within a week, although exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. Dr. Shaw will provide you with specific instructions for your individual recovery.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks.
Patients sometimes report minor discomfort associated with breast reduction surgery. Any pain can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.