Inverted-T Breast Reduction Technique
The inverted "T" breast reduction results in removal of skin from around the areola, down the center of the breast and from the lower portion of the breast. Breast tissue is removed from the inner and outer sides of the breast and the upper part of the breast.
The other, and most traditional, breast reduction technique results in an "inverted-T" or "anchor" shaped scar. This scar is around the areola, down the middle of the breast and across the entire breast fold.
The inverted-T breast reduction technique is used in moderate to markedly large breasts, especially those with a lot of excess skin. With this procedure the central and lower breast tissue is preserved around the areola. The inner, outer and upper segments of breast tissue are removed. Internal breast shaping is generally not performed with this approach. The skin is then sutured together in layers using hidden, dissolvable sutures.
Inverted-T Breast Reduction Results
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.
The inverted-T breast reduction technique is the traditional and most popular method for breast reduction. This method is high reliable and effective.
The lower breast fold scar usually heals well and is not bothersome to patients, especially since the scar is hidden and not usually seen. However, in some cases the lower fold scar does thicken and become a bother for patients. The breast shape achieved with the inverted-T technique is usually excellent and aesthetic. However, in some cases (especially very large reductions) the breasts may appear a bit wide and "boxy" at the bases.
Though the vertical breast reduction is gaining in popularity, the inverted-T breast reduction technique remains a very important option for women to consider. For many surgeons, including us, this method remains the procedure of choice for reducing very large breasts or those with excessive breast skin.
Which Breast Reduction Method Is Best For Me?
The reduction technique that is best for you depends on your unique anatomy, breast size, skin characteristics and the goals you wish to achieve with breast reduction surgery. These and many other considerations regarding breast reduction surgery will be reviewed with you in detail during your consultation with Dr. Connall.