Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. He or she then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.
In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position. (This will result in a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue.)
Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. In some cases, techniques can be used that eliminate the vertical part of the scar. And occasionally, when only fat needs to be removed, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, leaving minimal scars.
Pre Operative Instructions
ITEMS TO PURCHASE BEFORE SURGERY
Bra – We recommend a sports bra with a wide band. One that snaps or velcros in the front for comfort and ease. These come in your chest width around so purchase the same size you currently wear. If the bra your looking at has a cup size, purchase the C/D cup.
(We have found that Walmart and Meijers have the best pricing) Bestform Sport (Low Impact Series) EASY TO LIVE IN, cotton/spandex with double layered front for added support and convenient front closure.
Gauze or Light Day napkins to cover incisions and absorb drainage.
Hydrogen peroxide and cotton pads to clean your incisions.
Bacitracin antibiotic ointment to coat incisions – We do not recommend using Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (269) 372-3000