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Breast Reduction Bluffton

Also known as reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction is performed to reduce the actual mass of the breasts, thereby eliminating lower back discomfort and other health issues that can arise from being top-heavy. This is an optional surgery, however, in some instances it is one that comes highly recommended by the patient’s regular medical team due to excessive strain placed on the back, neck and shoulders and other issues caused by a significant imbalance in body proportioning. The women who opt for breast reduction surgery typically experience a host of problems arising from their larger breast size including rashes beneath the breasts, limited range in physical, sports and other recreational activities, embarrassment, social discomfort and a variety of other physical and emotional issues.

The nature of the procedure will depend upon the size, shape and other features of the patient’s breast. Some women opt to undergo reduction mammoplasty due to unevenness in breast size. When correcting a moderate size difference between breasts, the doctor will devise a surgical plan that will structure the larger breast to look like its smaller counterpart in shape, size and contour. In surgeries for reducing both breasts, the doctor will consider the best ways to make cosmetic improvements to the existing breasts, whether these are long, heavy and pendulous or compact and globular.

See Dr. Weniger’s Article on Breast Reduction

The most common method of performing a reduction mammoplasty involves the placement of three, small incisions. One will be made beneath the areola, another from the areola to the under-breast area and the last along curve of the breast. The excess tissue and fat will be removed and the nipples and the areolas elevated. In this procedure the areola size may be reduced as well. The ultimate goal of this surgery is create breasts that are smaller, lighter and more firm.

Breast Reduction FAQs

What are the risks and complications involved with having breast reduction?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the chances of complications. For breast reduction, particular risks include nipple numbness, loss of part or all of the nipple and/or areola, and delayed healing of the incisions.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples?

Some patients may experience some loss of feeling in their nipples. The feeling usually returns, although permanent numbness is possible.

What is the ideal age to have breast reduction?

Normally, women wait until their breasts are fully developed before they have this procedure.

What shape, size, and incision is recommended?

Dr. Weniger will discuss these details with you during your consultation. It is normally a function of the woman’s anatomy and the doctor’s recommendation that determine type of incision pattern. For large breast reductions, a classic “anchor” or “inverted-T” reduction is often used, but for some patients a vertical reduction (without the horizontal scar in the crease under the breast) may be possible.

How will my breasts look over time?

Your breasts will look uplifted and smaller. It may take several months before the final shape is determined.

Will my breasts ever return to their original size after the reduction?

Except for the unusual case of massive breast overgrowth for hormonal reasons during puberty, there is no growth of the breasts after breast reduction.

Will I need a mammogram?

Because the size, shape and amount of breast tissue will change after the reduction, it is advisable to have a preoperative mammogram and a postoperative mammogram six months to a year after surgery for comparison purposes.

Will insurance cover the operation?

Most insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it’s deemed medically necessary. These companies may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed to qualify for coverage.

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