Breast reduction, medically referred to as reduction mammoplasty, is performed to alleviate the symptoms of overly large, heavy breasts, such as back and shoulder pain, difficulty exercising, and skin rashes, among other physical burdens. The procedure can also achieve a more proportional breast size for those who have cosmetic concerns related to excessive breasts. The goal of surgery is to produce a more attractive breast contour with a lighter, more comfortable breast size, thereby helping to decrease health problems associated with large breasts.
Some of the health concerns caused by large breasts include shoulder, neck, and back pain, as well as breathing problems and poor posture from the weight of the breasts. Many women also experience skin irritation and bra strap indentations. This can often make exercise difficult or keep patients from staying active in their daily life. Our San Antonio plastic surgeon, John Ayala, MD, can develop a treatment plan based on your goals and help you reduce these symptoms for a renewed sense of self-confidence.
How is the Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?
Dr. Ayala performs this breast surgery as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Ayala will make an anchor-shaped incision around the borders of the areolas, extending downward toward the breast crease and along the inframammary fold. He will remove excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat from the breasts to achieve a more manageable and proportionate breast size. If desired, breast reduction can also resize the areolas to remain consistent with your new breast contours. The incisions are then covered with a light dressing, and a surgical bra is worn to achieve a symmetrical outcome and facilitate the initial stages of healing.
What is Recovery From Breast Reduction Like?
Swelling, bruising, and tenderness should be expected immediately after surgery and will fade gradually. Oral pain medications can help reduce swelling and manage discomfort until these reactions naturally resolve. Scars typically lighten or fade to some degree within 6 to 18 months. The final outcome of breast reduction should be apparent as swelling continues to subside, usually about six months to one year after surgery.
For more information about breast reduction, please contact Ayala Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.