Breast reduction is a practical and popular plastic surgery procedure for large-breasted women. Large breasts may cause the patient to have concerns about appearance, back pain, breathing problems, poor posture, and other health issues. Our plastic surgeons offer breast reduction surgery at our office in Florham Park, NJ to help patients regain confidence and enjoy a renewed self-image after unwanted breast tissue is removed and the patient has a trimmer body contour. With the Vectra 3D Imaging system, our doctors create a virtual model from images of the patient that will show them their potential results. Breast reduction surgery has improved the quality of life for countless patients.
During breast reduction surgery, the skill of the surgeonisessential for a good outcome. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because the nipple and areola are usually repositioned, and blood flow needs to be preserved in order to prevent discoloration or loss of the nipple and areola. Excess breast tissue is is surgically excised, although in some cases, liposuction can also be used to remove tissue.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. During this approach, an incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits appropriately on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Just TOP RATE care! Dr. Colon and his team are pure professionals."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 06, 2016
"I had breast reduction surgery by Dr. Starker. Expectations were exceeded. Dr. Starker and the entire staff at the Peer Group were exceptional, friendly yet professional. Questions were welcomed and responses were clear. It was my first experience with anesthesia which I was most nervous about. Dr. Starker, the surgical nurses and the anesthesiologist worked as an awesome team the morning of my surgery, making me feel so comfortable as I went in. Post op has gone extremely well."- D.F. / Healthgrades / Mar 05, 2018
"Amazing staff! It was a great experience all the way through!"- S.A. / Office Visit / Sep 13, 2016
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at the Peer Group’s AAAASF-accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical braor sports bra that does not contain underwires.. Most patients are able to return to work within 1 week, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Breast Reduction FAQs
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is possibleto trim away the excess areola and reshape it to a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.
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- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-5 Hours
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