The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is at least 18 years old, is in good health, and wants to reduce the size of her breasts. The prospective patient should also have fully developed breasts. These reasons include those who are self-conscious about their breast size, or due to physical discomfort in the shoulders, neck and back. Large breast size can also affect posture, limit activities, and cause skin or breathing problems. You can discuss this further with Dr. Haupt during your consultation.
You will be under general anesthesia before the procedure begins. An incision will be made from the areola to the base of the breast. Tissue will then be removed. This includes fat, excess glandular tissue, as well as skin. A liposuction may be performed if only fatty tissue is removed. The nipple is aligned to match your new breast size and shape. The incisions are stitched up, gauze dressings are placed over the area and a bandage or surgical bra is used to cover the gauze.
The shape and size of your breasts may determine how invasive the surgery is. There are many ways the skin, tissue, and fat are moved around. Younger women who have less sagging and better skin contraction may not have as invasive a surgery as women who have extremely large breasts where sagging, or excessive tissue may have to be removed. And, because this is surgery, there are other risks to note. These include reactions to the anesthetic, asymmetry, scarring, infection nerve damage with loss of sensation and rarely wounds or tissue loss. Though these risks are small, you need to follow Dr. Haupt’s instructions so you may heal as well as you can post-operatively. There is also a chance that breast feeding may be more difficult after you have had breast reduction surgery.
It can take up to a full year before your breasts are completely established into their new shape. Other factors, such as pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and more can affect the size and shape of your breasts. Scarring will fade, but this may take longer for some people than it does for others.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction surgery, please contact Dr. Haupt at Utah Cosmetic Surgery. We are currently located in the Salt Lake City area and serve many of the surrounding cities as well as the surrounding states.