Breast reduction to correct overlarge, sagging breasts is normally classified as a reconstructive procedure, since oversize breasts interfere with normal function and physical activity by causing back pain, postural problems, deformities of the back and shoulders, skin rashes under the breasts and breast pain. However, plastic surgeons also view breast reduction surgery as an operation with an important aesthetic component; in addition to alleviating physical problems, it can improve the shape of the breasts and nipple areas. Breast reduction also can enhance the overall appearance by making the breasts more proportional to the rest of the body.
This surgical procedure involves removing excess breast tissue and skin, repositioning the nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) and reshaping the remaining breast tissue.The operation requires a general anesthetic, and you will most likely be hospitalized for a short time. Although Dr. Stevens will make every effort to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible, the usual incisions ultimately will leave permanent, noticeable scars in the lower portion of the breasts. Variations in the placement of incisions may be recommended in some cases. After surgery, the breasts may be wrapped in gauze or placed in a surgical bra. You will have to wear a supportive bra for several weeks to promote healing. Loss of sensation of the nipples and breast skin is possible but may improve gradually. You should avoid strenuous exercise and overhead lifting for several weeks after surgery.