How Breast Reduction Works
In a breast reduction surgery, a surgeon will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin and move the nipple and areola to their new positions. Although the length of breast reduction surgery depends on the complexity of the procedure, it is usually completed in one to two hours in an outpatient setting with general anesthesia.
For many patients an even better choice is breast lipo-reduction, also called No-scar Breast Reduction. Because this procedure is basically liposuction of the breasts, only small skin incisions are made to introduce the thin liposuction cannula; these incisions heal with little if any scarring, unlike the extensive scars that form after standard breast reduction surgery. The majority of patients are good candidates for breast lipo-reduction. As Dr. Langdon will present at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Annual Meeting (February 2019), data from standard mammograms, which show the amount of fat content in the breasts, can reliably predict the likely success of this procedure.
After undergoing breast reduction surgery, you can expect a reduced breast size, which corrects sagging and uneven shape. You’ll also be able to alleviate any muscular pain you may be facing from carrying excessive breast weight. Additionally, you’ll find activities and exercise to be more comfortable and notice your clothes fit better.