Female Breast Reduction in Louisville (Cosmetic Only)
Female Breast Reduction Procedure
Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems like back and neck pain, poor posture, breathing problems, bra-strap skin irritations and chafing under the breasts. Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.
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. Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed and the nipple and areola are moved into their new positions. The skin from both sides of the breast is brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast.
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. Please note: Dr. Digenis does not accept insurance for this procedure.
Female Breast Reduction Recovery
After surgery, you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off fluids for the first day or two. The bandages will be removed a day or two after the surgery but you will continue to wear a surgical or sports bra for several weeks, until the swelling and bruising subside. Your stitches will be removed in one to three weeks. Most women may return to work and social activities within two weeks. 1 week off work, no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 3 weeks may resume full activity 6 weeks post op.