Is a breast reduction right for me?
If you feel that you could benefit from a more youthful and uplifted breast profile, then a Mammaplasty Reduction may be the right procedure for you. Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Where are the incisions made during a Mammaplasty Reduction?
Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. Dr. Vartany typically uses one of three.
Dr. Vartany will discuss the various types of lifts and advise you during your personalized consultation what approach will be best for you and the results you wish to achieve. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on a number of factors such as:
Once Dr. Vartany makes the appropriate incision, the nipple, which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply, is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary.
Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).
The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breasts. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Absorbable sutures are used to close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.
What may I expect during my personalized consultation
How will I need to prepare for my Mammaplasty Reduction?
What may I expect during my recovery?
Are there additional instructions for my Mammaplasty Reduction recovery?
After your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings and/or bandages will be applied to the incisions. On the day of your surgery, a medical support bra will be provided. You will need to wear this bra, morning and night, for 4-8 weeks after surgery. The bra is designed to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. If you would like to purchase additional support bras, it is important to find something that provides compression, support, and opens in the front with a zipper or Velcro. No underwire garments may be worn for 6-8 weeks after surgery.
Small, thin tubes with drains attached may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. If drains are necessary for your procedure, they will need to be emptied twice daily. A form will be provided for you to log the amount of fluid being drained from each side, both morning and night. Your drains will be removed, in the office, once the fluid output goes down. This is generally 3-5 days after surgery.
You may not shower while your drains are in place.
It is extremely important that you limit the use of your arms for 10-14 days after surgery. Do not extend your arms over your shoulder level.
You may not sleep on your stomach for 4-6 weeks after surgery.
You may not drive a vehicle until you have been permitted to do so.
Special note: While a breast lift does not usually affect breast function, if you are planning to become pregnant, discuss this with Dr. Vartany. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.
How much time should I take off of work?
You will need to allow between 10 to 14 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort. You may have drains, therefore you may not shower until after the drains are removed which is typically between 3 to 5 days post procedure.
What are some procedures that may compliment a Mammaplasty Reduction?
Important facts about the safety and risks of breast reduction surgery
Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with Reduction Mammaplasty. It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.