Breast reduction is the right procedure if your breasts are larger than comfortable for your body size, if you suffer from back pain or your bra straps dig into your shoulders from the weight of your breasts. Also, if you have difficulty finding clothing that fits well or are embarrassed by the size of your breasts, a breast reduction procedure can be done that will eliminate this problem.
Depending upon how much tissue needs to be removed and how much breast sagging exists, a lift may also be needed. Also, if the breasts are extremely soft after the lift, a small implant may be required to give you the final firmness you’re seeking. Dr. Krau can discuss this with you at your consultation. Note: Some women worry that they will be unable to breastfeed if they have a breast reduction. If you are planning to have children and would like the option of breastfeeding your babies, be sure to discuss this with Dr Krau at your consultation so that he can best advise you.
The outpatient procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Dr Krau will make an incision between the nipple and the fold underneath the breast. Excess tissue is then carefully removed to result in a natural appearance after surgery. The areola is repositioned to be correctly placed with the new breast shape. The surgical scars are generally hidden in the fold underneath the breast and around the areola. Because of the nature of this kind of procedure, it’s impossible in a breast lift to hide all scars completely. However, they will fade over time, and you will find that the freedom you enjoy with normal-sized breasts will more than overcome the small scars that remain.
You’ll need to wear a supportive bra 24 hours a day for about a month, depending on your rate of healing. We suggest that you avoid exercise or other strenuous activity like lifting children, etc, for about a month. More details about post-op restrictions will be covered in your preop meeting and at your first post-op appointment.