Having large breasts that are heavy and out of proportion with body size results in discomfort and back problems for many women, along with self-image problems. While having large breasts may seem desirable, excessive breast tissue can get in the way of leading an active life and can make a woman the subject of ridicule and innuendo.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissues, and skin to create lighter, better-proportioned breasts. Liposuction is often used to remove fat; if the size and weight are primarily due to fat deposits, liposuction may be the main technique to achieve reduction.
In most cases, a board-certified plastic surgeon will resort to one of two procedures. A traditional procedure requires making an inverted T or anchor-shaped incision down the middle of the breast or a keyhole incision around the areola. This approach reduces breast volume while elevating the breast to a more normal location, improves contour, and preserves breast sensation. An alternative “short scar” method, effective on women with moderately large breasts, involves making an incision around the areola and vertically down the breast which reduces scarring, creates a rounder, more natural outcome, and offers superior results for good candidates.
After surgery, most patients experience pain and swelling for a few days, followed by occasional aching in the breasts for about two weeks. While results of the surgery are immediate, it may take up to a year for the new breasts to settle into their new size and shape.
If you are uncomfortable with your large breasts, Dr. Eko from Eko Plastic Surgery can help you. For a consultation or more information, complete the website form below or call us at (760) 249-2222.
Click on a patient to view photos taken before and after their Breast Reconstruction.