Many women with disproportionately large breasts suffer from neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as rashes under the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can eliminate these physical symptoms and also improve the appearance of the breasts.
Put simply, breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue. The result? Smaller, firmer breasts that are more proportional to the rest of the body.
Who Should Get a Breast Reduction?
Women who have one or more of the following conditions may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery:
- Overly large breasts that are disproportionate to the body frame
- Limited physical activity or pain and discomfort due to the size and weight of the breasts
- Intertriginous rashes or skin irritation beneath the breasts
- Sagging breasts with the nipples and areolas pointing downward
- Dissatisfaction about one’s overall appearance
It is important to note that breast feeding may not be possible after breast reduction surgery, because of the removal of milk glands. For this reason, women who wish to breast-feed should wait until they are done having children before undergoing surgery.
Dr. Kiener routinely performs limited incision breast reduction, where the incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This allows Dr. Kiener to remove the excess breast tissue, fat, and skin with minimal visible scarring. The nipple and areola are then repositioned, and the remaining skin are brought together to reshape the now reduced breasts. Incisions are closed with a combination of sutures and staples
Bandages or gauze dressings are applied after surgery to limit movement of the breasts and aid in the healing process. In some cases, a thin tube may be placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid.
Once the bandages are removed, patients need to wear a surgical bra for comfort and support for the next several weeks. Minor pain and discomfort are common, and may be treated by medication prescribed by Dr. Kiener.
Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within two to four weeks after surgery.
If you would like more information about breast reduction surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Kiener today!