Breast Reduction Surgery – Benefits and Types
Having larger breasts doesn’t always mean having beautiful breasts. The fact is that bigger breasts not only sometimes look unsightly but also cause the woman a lot of problems like pain in neck, back and shoulders, difficulty in movements and mental issues like embarrassment.
If you have these problems, don’t worry as you have a great option of breast reduction surgery. Here is some useful information about this surgery. You can also visit Dr Naveen Somia for more details.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure performed to reduce the size and weight of abnormally large breasts and thus form a more pleasing breast contour having a better proportion.
This surgery is performed by removing excessive fat and breast tissue, and stretched, sagging skin and thus making the breasts smaller, firmer and lighter, eliminating sagging and enhancing breast symmetry.
While several patients opt for breast reduction to get rid of physical troubles like neck, back and shoulder pain, discomfort during exercise and shoulder grooves, many other patients choose it for its cosmetic benefits. These include:
- Breasts become lifted and firmer making you look younger
- Bras fit more comfortably and attractively
- Your overall silhouette will look more balanced and pleasant
- Reduction of large nipples and/or stretched areolas can be done during the same surgery, helping you look better
- You will feel better in sports bras, swimsuits and form-fitting clothes and your confidence will increase
Types of Breast Reduction Surgery
There are various types of breast reduction procedure and which one to use is decided by the surgeon after considering a patient’s breast anatomy, amount and type of tissue to be taken out and patient’s goals.
Liposuction for Breast Reduction
In some cases, breast reduction can be achieved just with liposuction. Its benefits are:
- Shorter procedure
- Less invasive
- Undetectable scars on breasts
- Lasting results
However, the drawback of this method is that it gives optimal results only in a few patients.
The best candidates for this type are those who are looking for only a small to moderate decrease in the size of breast, little to no sagging to rectify and have good skin elasticity, and whose large breast size is mainly due to excess fatty tissue.
But if you have stretched skin, asymmetrical, sagging breasts or a considerable amount of tissue to be removed, one of the following methods will be more beneficial for you.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Breast Reduction
A vertical breast reduction is good for patients who need only a moderate reduction and have a more visible sagging. The method involves two incisions: first is given around the border of the areola and the next runs vertically from the base of the areola up to the crease underneath the breast or inframammary fold.
This technique enables the surgeon to eliminate excess breast tissue, skin and fat, reshape the new smaller breast from inside and lift the breast to a more youthful position.
Vertical breast reduction leaves some scarring; however, it’s below the nipple and can be hidden easily inside a bra or bikini top.
Inverted T or “Anchor” Breast Reduction
This method involves 3 incisions: first around the border of the areola, second vertically from the areola to the breast crease and third along the crease beneath the breast.
Since this method enables maximum extent of removal of tissues and reshaping, surgeons will usually use it if a patient is in need of a considerable reduction in breast size and/or has significant asymmetry or sagging to rectify.
The scars generated from this method are identical to those resulted from the vertical method, but with one additional thin scar along the crease underneath the breast. Scars usually fade remarkably during the first year after surgery if proper care is taken.
Dr Naveen Somia is an expert cosmetic surgeon for various procedures including eyelid surgeries, breast surgeries, facial surgeries and more. Visit his website to know how you can be benefitted by these options.