General Procedure Information
A breast reduction is a procedure that often dramatically improves the patient’s life. Many women know all too well that having overly large breasts can be a burden. Shoulder, neck, and back pain may be associated with large, heavy breasts. Exercise may be difficult even with the best support bras. It may be hard to find clothing that fits the rest of the body when trying to accommodate for a large breast size. Some women may simply be uncomfortable with their breasts and feel a smaller breast size would better suit them.
These are just a few reasons why a woman might seek a breast reduction. This procedure aims to reduce the breasts to a size and volume that is more proportionate to the rest of the patient’s body. During the consultation process, Dr. Breister Ghosh discusses each patient’s goals for how they’d like to look and what size they would like to be after surgery.
About the Surgery
The Procedure The technique and incision pattern used during a breast reduction depends on the starting size of the breasts among other factors. Usually, the standard “Anchor” pattern is used. Excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and remaining tissue is reshaped and lifted. The areola may be reduced and repositioned to a natural, youthful position.
Procedure Length Approximately 3 hours under general anesthesia.
Surgery Location Accredited, outpatient surgical facility with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist .
Recovery A compression bra is placed after surgery to provide support and help resolve swelling. This bra is typically worn for about 4 weeks as the patient heals. During this time, patients should refrain from vigorous exercise. Patients should talk with Dr. Breister Ghosh about the physical demands of their job, but should usually plan for around 1-2 weeks off work.
Duration of Results Permanent.