Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess breast tissue in order to increase your comfort and confidence with your figure.
Considering Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is appropriate for women who are:
- Suffering back, neck, or shoulder pain due to the weight of excessively heavy breasts
- Limited in their physical activity by overly large breasts
- Experiencing skin irritation beneath the breast crease
- Bothered by shoulder indentations caused by bra straps
- Unhappy with the general appearance and daily living with large breasts
Preparing for Breast Reduction
In preparation for breast reduction surgery, you should have candid discussions with Dr. Garcia about what you want to achieve with your surgery and what outcomes you are expecting. Understanding what the procedure can and can’t do for you will go a long way toward helping you achieve satisfactory results.
Dr. Garcia will provide detailed guidelines on preparing for your surgery, including what to eat and drink prior to surgery and what vitamins or supplements to take or avoid so that your body is ready for breast reduction. You must stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after in order to let your body heal in a natural way.
Knowing the Risks
The risks that accompany breast reduction are similar to the risks you would expect with any major surgery, such as anesthesia complications and infection. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helps to reduce risks of irregularities in your results, but there is no guarantee of perfection with any procedure.
Understanding the Procedure
During your breast reduction, Dr. Garcia will make an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. The nipple is repositioned, and kept attached to breast tissue throughout the surgery to reduce the risk of sensation loss. Excess tissue is removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped to form full, rounded breasts. Sutures in the breast tissue help retain the shape of your now smaller breasts. Incision scars will be permanent, but will fade over time.
You should expect to return to work or school in one to two weeks following surgery and be able to resume most normal activities within a month.
Are you unhappy and uncomfortable with breasts that are too large? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 870-0058 to schedule your breast reduction consultation. We welcome patients from Las Vegas and around the world.