Women with overly large breasts often feel self conscious about their body and uncomfortable in their clothes, and suffer from pain in their neck, back, and shoulders. For them, breast reduction surgery can be life-altering, and has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Fisher can design a beautiful and symmetrical lift to a size and shape that fits your personal goals.
To perform a breast reduction, Dr. Fisher first makes a vertical incision down the center of your breast, around the areola, and, in rare cases, under the breast fold. She then removes fat, skin, and glandular tissue to sculpt smaller, lifted breasts that are beautifully symmetrical and in better balance with the rest of your body. Depending on the size of your new breasts, Dr. Fisher may recommend trimming down the size of the areola so that it remains proportional. The nipple and areola is then re-positioned, restoring it to a youthful position on your newly lifted, smaller breasts.
After reducing, reshaping and lifting your breasts, the incisions are closed with layers of absorbable hidden sutures and sealed with surgical tape or medical glue. Your chest is then wrapped in an ace bandage or surgical bra. Breast reduction surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home that night. You can expect to return to work within a week, light activity in two weeks and regular aerobic exercise within four weeks. There is initially moderate swelling, which subsides within three months.
All surgery results in a scar along the incision. While every patient scars differently depending on genetics, race, and skin condition, careful incision placement, meticulous suturing, and the use of evidence-based best practices in postoperative care helps keep scarring to a minimum.