Breast Reduction Surgery
Overly-large breasts can leave you both emotionally and physically uncomfortable. The weight of excess breast tissue and the self-consciousness associated with having large breasts can impair your ability to lead an active and normal life. Breast reduction is performed to relieve pain resulting from too-large, breasts and create a breast size that is more in proportion with the rest of your body.
Breast reduction is a good option for you if:
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
- Physical activity is limited by your breasts
- You experience back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have deep indentations from bra straps
- You have irritated skin beneath the creases of the breasts
- You have stretched breast skin and low-hanging breasts
- You have nipples that rest below the breast crease
- You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. Liposuction may also be used in conjunction with excision techniques to remove excess fat. The technique chosen by Dr. Rottman will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired and your personal preferences. During the procedure Dr. Rottman will lift and shape the breast tissue to produce a better-proportioned contour. The nipple is then repositioned and, if necessary, enlarged nipples are reduced. The incision options include: around the areola; a keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; or an inverted T” or anchor-shaped incision pattern. Most of the incisions can be hidden along the natural contours of the breast to minimize their appearance after surgery, however, some may be visible on the breast surface.
After breast reduction, you may be given bandages or a support bra to help reduce swelling and to support your new, smaller breasts. The results can be seen immediately and as the swelling subsides, you should be able to enjoy your breast reduction even more. Incision lines are permanent, but generally fade with time.
Your Consultation with Dr. Rottman
During your consultation, Dr. Rottman will talk with you about whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction, your expectations, and what to expect during and after surgery. Please contact us to schedule your appointment at either of our convenient Baltimore locations.