What can I expect during the breast reduction procedure?
The size of the breast, its composition, and the reduction amount determine the procedure used. Sometimes, if fatty tissue and not excess skin account for the overly large breast size, liposuction alone may be sufficient to accomplish the size decrease. Other cases require that incisions be made around the areolas, vertically down to the breast crease, or horizontally in the breast crease. The nipple is repositioned and skin may be be removed from the areola to reduce its size. Sometimes the nipple and areola need to be moved and transplanted to a higher position on the breast. Breast tissue is removed, shaped and lifted for a smaller more pleasing contour. Sutures are placed within the breast tissue to maintain and support its new shape and skin sutures bring the skin edges together.
Mammoplasty, breast reduction, can take three to five hours depending on the technique used. Patients generally do not require a hospital stay and go home with a responsible care-taker for overnight care after the procedure.