Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Breast reduction surgery is done to change the size, weight and shape of the breasts. You may decide to have breast reduction surgery to:
- Feel more comfortable. Large, heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. The constant pull of heavy breasts may make bra straps leave painful indentations in a woman's shoulders. Breast reduction surgery can eliminate these problems in most cases.
- Reduce the limitations that large, heavy breasts place on participation in sports or other activities. Some physical activities may be painful or awkward for women who have large breasts.
- Alter your appearance. Large breasts, especially when they are out of proportion to your height and weight, can be embarrassing. It also may be hard to find clothes that fit well.
Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a common procedure that reduces the size and improves the contour of breasts that are larger than desired. Breast reduction surgery seeks to provide a youthful look to your breasts, allowing you to pursue to an active lifestyle. Frequently, the surgery helps the patient to build self-esteem and confidence.
When consulting with Dr. Lynch, the symptoms and challenges you are experiencing will be reviewed in detail to help determine your expectations for improvement and how breast reduction surgery will be meaningful to your lifestyle and aesthetic goals.
The reduction mammoplasty procedure is completed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves an incision made around the areola and downward. This permits the removal of breast tissue, fatty tissue and skin, allowing Dr. Lynch to create a more youthful breast contour and a breast size that is more proportional to the individual woman’s body. Typically, the nipple and areola will usually stay attached during the procedure, a very large breast or a more "droopy" (ptotic) breast may require that Dr. Lynch reposition the nipple and areola higher on the breast to create a more natural contour and appearance.
Dr. Lynch’s specialized and advanced training in breast reconstruction is of particular value to our patients who require breast reduction surgery. As with any surgery, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur, and for most patients usually resolves in a few days. Recovery after breast reduction will require avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a period of time immediately following the procedure. Surgical scars will be placed deliberately to minimize perception and may fade over time.
Dr. Lynch is recognized as one New Jersey’s top plastic surgeons specializing in breast procedures. He performs Breast Augmentations, Breast Lifts, Breast Reductions and Reconstruction.