After a vertical breast reduction there are "lollipop" shaped scars around the areolas and down the center of the breasts. Sometimes a small scar is placed at the base of the breast also.
Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for women that are bothered by the large size of their breasts.
Dr. Connall performs state-of-the-art breast reduction procedures for such women.
The procedures are designed to remove fat, glandular breast tissue, and skin from the breasts, making the breasts smaller, lighter, and firmer.
The procedure also lifts the areolas and the tissues into more youthful, "perky" positions.
Breast reduction can also reduce the size of the areolas, the dark skin surrounding the nipple.
The goals of breast reduction surgery are to create smaller, aesthetically-shaped breasts that are more in proportion with the rest of a woman's body and to reduce the physical symptoms that may occur from such large breasts.
Breast Reduction Techniques
Though a rare patient is a candidate for liposuction only to reduce the breasts, the standard techniques for breast reduction involve an open surgical approach in which the undesired breast tissue is directly removed.
There are two main techniques for breast reduction surgery.
- The vertical breast reduction technique results in a scar around the areola and down the middle of the breast, leaving a lollipop shaped scar.
- The inverted-T reduction results in a scar around the areola, down the middle of the breast, and across the base of the scar, leaving an inverted-T, or anchor shaped scar.
This figure shows the results of an inverted-T breast reduction. The scars are around the areolas, down the center and across the bases of the breasts.
These techniques are very similar to the procedures used for breast lifts, in terms of the patterns of skin removal and resulting scars. The difference being that here breast tissue is removed and the breasts are reduced in size and, in doing so, the breast are lifted and shaped.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Breast reduction procedures take about 3-4 hours to perform. They are performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day of surgery. You will be tired and very sore for about 3-5 days after surgery. Within 7-14 days, most women can resume basic home and work activities and within 3-4 weeks can resume mild exercise.