Breast Reduction at Plastic + Hand
Enlarged breast tissue can contribute to pain and shoulder grooving. These symptoms may affect your ability to perform your daily activities and may even affect your work. In addition to physical pain, women may suffer emotional pain from large, pendulous breast tissue.
Trained at the country’s top medical centers, Plastic + Hand surgeons have the depth of experience and skills necessary to perform your breast reduction surgery safely and successfully…all right here in Maine.
What does breast reduction involve?
During breast reduction, incisions are made around the areola and on the skin of the breast. The areola is reduced in size, while breast tissue is removed and sent to a pathologist for review. Excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped.
The reshaped breast will have incisions closed around the areola, from the areola inferiorly to the mammary fold and along the mammary fold. A drain will be placed and then removed the following day. Some pre-existing asymmetries between the breasts may persist.
The procedure is often performed as a day surgery at our accredited Plastic + Hand Surgery Center.
Breast Reduction 3-D Animation
What should I expect after breast reduction?
After the procedure, your breasts will be swollen and may be bruised, but you will have a surgical bra to provide support and comfort. The day after surgery, you will return to have the drain removed and your breasts checked. After several days, you will be allowed to shower. You may require pain medication in the post-operative period.
Who are the best candidates for breast reduction?
Breast reduction involves an individualized approach, which is tailored to the unique makeup of each patient.
Breast reduction may be a good choice for you if:
- you have shoulder grooving
- the tissue under your breast is irritated and inflamed
- your breast tissue inhibits you from performing daily activities
- you are healthy
- your neck and back have pain from your large breasts
How should I get ready for breast reduction?
Before your breast reduction, you will meet with your surgeon. You will discuss the limitations and risks of surgery, the indications and outcomes of surgery, and the placement of incisions during surgery. In addition, you will have an examination of your breasts and skin quality, and measurements of nipple and areola position will be taken.
As with all surgery, it’s important to discuss the following with your Plastic + Hand surgeon:
- Medications you take
- What your expectations are
- Previous surgery
- Family history and any results of mammograms
With a Plastic + Hand surgeon, you’ll get the results you want with the respect you deserve…all right here in Maine.
Schedule time to talk with us
Each and every patient is unique. It’s important to us that we listen to our patients from the outset, so a consultation with our experienced Patient Care Coordinator is the first step in determining whether breast reduction surgery is appropriate for you.