Interested in a Breast Reduction procedure? Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have breasts that they feel are overly large; that are out of proportion compared to the rest of their body. The process involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue and outer tissue in order to reduce the size of the breast. It also entails shaping the new breast by sculpting and, perhaps, lifting the remaining inner tissue.
The Board Certified plastic surgeon performing a breast reduction has a number of incision options. Depending upon the nature of the task, he may make an incision in a circular pattern around the areola; another choice is this circular incision along with a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola down to the crease of the breast.
The nipple and areola are left attached to their blood and nerve supply and repositioned upward. Excess fat and glandular tissue are removed, and the remaining inner tissue is shaped and lifted. In extreme cases, the areola and nipple may have to be removed entirely and replaced. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove excess fatty tissue. If the breast can be reduced through removal of fatty tissue alone, there may be less need or no need for nipple realignment and skin removal.
The closure process includes suturing areas of the inner tissue in order to maintain the shaping – in a sense to create the new shape and lift. Standard sutures or surgical adhesives are used to close the incisions on the outer skin.
Breast reduction is often considered a health related choice as well as a cosmetic option. Oversized breasts can cause chronic pain in the back, neck and shoulders. The weight can also cause irritation or abrasions from bra straps. In some cases heavy, oversize breasts have been known to cause circulation problems.
Following the surgery the patient will experience some swelling which will subside within a week or two. It will probably take a longer period to adjust to the new breast size, and the new profile that goes with it.
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Dr. Brian Howard is a remarkably skilled cosmetic surgeon who is part of a select group of medical professionals who has Board Certification in plastic surgery. His Roswell office is the preferred choice for breast reduction procedures in the Atlanta area. If you are interested in this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Brian Howard today.