Breast Reduction

What Is Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical operation at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, designed to reduce the size of large pendulous breasts that may be disproportionate to your body and cause discomfort. This procedure is called a Reduction Mammaplasty and removes excess breast tissue and skin as well as lifting the breasts. Breasts that are too large can limit your physical activity, cause discomfort and mental anxiety. Breast reduction can correct the symptoms, resulting in a better-proportioned breast, enhancing a woman’s body image and self-confidence.

Am I A Candidate For Breast Reduction?

You could be a candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following:

  • Back pain from the excessive weight of pendulous breasts

  • Shoulder pain from bra strap indentations

  • Restricted physical activity due to the large size of your breasts

  • Skin rashes in the crease of breasts

  • Unhappy with the large and sagging slope of breasts with low nipple position

Small reductions in breast size may be considered cosmetic. Larger reductions may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve symptoms. This is usually based on the amount of breast tissue that will be required to remove. Pre-certification may be necessary for coverage.

Breast Reduction Procedure

The most common approach for Breast Reduction is through a keyhole incision pattern. Breast tissue and skin are removed making the breast smaller and lighter. The nipple is repositioned to a higher location, and the breast is reshaped. There is a circular incision around the areola extending down to the crease and horizontal creases increase-in an anchor-shaped pattern.

All Procedures Shown were done by Dr. Larry A Sargent MD FACS

What Do I Expect Following The Operation?

Once the procedure is completed, you will be placed in bandages or a surgical bra. Usually, you would go home the same day. Pain medications are prescribed, and activities are restricted. Most patients are off work 1-2 weeks. Heavy exercise is avoided for 4-6 weeks. You will not see the final results for several months.

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Length Of Operation

Usually 2-3 1/2 hours

Anesthesia

Usually general anesthesia

Length Of Stay

Outpatient procedure

Recovery

  • Mild to moderate discomfort

  • Minimal activity for several days

  • Pain medication may be needed for 3-5 days

  • Moderate swelling & bruising that resolves in several weeks

  • Back to work (sitting job) 1-2 weeks

  • No exercising 4-6 weeks

Scars

  • Covered by normal clothing or swimwear

  • Extend around the areola, down to breast crease and horizontally in the crease

  • Fade with time

Risks / Possible Complications

Serious complications are rare however potential risks include the following:

  • Infection: usually treated with antibiotics

  • Hematoma: a collection of blood beneath the skin

  • Altered sensation to breast or nipples: usually temporary

  • Incisions slow to heal or opens up in one area: usually heal without an additional operation

  • Skin loss: rare, usually will heal secondarily with an additional procedure. May require a scar revision.

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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