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Breast Reduction


Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is the surgical process of reducing the size of female breasts. Excess tissues are removed from the breasts in order to bring about a reduction in breast volume. It is also used to reduce the size of the areola surrounding the nipple.

Large breasts usually occur during the pubertal breast-development stage. Some of the other causes of large breasts are weight gain, hormonal imbalance, heredity, and pregnancy. Large breasts are a result of either the enlargement of the milk glands or the adipose tissue, or in many cases both.

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Our plastic surgeons are skilled with years of experience in a variety of procedures. Contact our office today by calling (480) 948-8400 to schedule your breast reduction consultation, where you will find out more about the procedure and what it can do for you.


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Why Do Women with Large Breasts Choose Breast Reduction?

  • To alter the appearance: Large breasts draw unwanted attention, making women very uncomfortable. They may feel self-conscious when they go outdoors or while wearing revealing clothes. This can be addressed with breast reduction.
  • To lessen the weight of heavy breasts: Carrying heavy breasts around is difficult. It can make everyday physical activities like bending, walking, playing sports, and exercising much harder. Getting a breast reduction surgery done can help to get rid of the unwanted burden and improve quality of life.
  • To feel more comfortable: Large breasts can cause posture problems, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, rashes, and even breathing problems. It makes it hard to find perfectly fitting clothes. Bras can become a major irritation and feel very uncomfortable. Large breasts can also lead to poor blood circulation. These problems can be solved using reduction mammoplasty.
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Surgical Procedure

The patient is first given local anesthesia with general anesthesia in order to help her avoid any discomfort during the surgery.

After this, incisions are made on the surface of the breast in order to provide access to the underlying tissue. The different types of incision techniques are donut, lollipop, and inverted-T. The choice of incision type will depend on the amount of tissue to be removed. The least amount of tissue can be removed with a donut incision, and the most can be removed with inverted-T.

Following the creation of incisions, the skin is separated from the underlying tissue. Excess tissue is then removed from the breast. This involves scalpel incision for glandular tissue and liposuction for fatty tissue. The skin is tightened and the excess is removed. The areolae are resized and repositioned as needed. The incision is closed with the help of stitches.

The Reduction Mammoplasty Recovery Process

After the surgery, the breasts are covered in an elastic bandage, and a special surgical bra is used to support the breasts. The stitches can be removed after a couple of weeks during a follow-up appointment.

Most women experience pain and swelling for a few days after the surgery. Wearing a surgical bra will reduce swelling and ensure a better shape for the breasts.


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