Not many of us can imagine what it is like to wear the equivalent of a fully loaded backpack on your chest day in and day out. For a woman with oversized and sagging breasts the most gratifying moment is her first purchase of a normal-sized bra, a regular size dress or even possibly going strapless or braless in an evening gown. Dr. Ptak finds the most satisfied patient in his practice is the woman who has had breast reduction surgery and their overwhelming response is: “Why didn’t I do this years ago?”
Who is Candidate?
Women with large, heavy breasts, possibly with low nipples and areolas who suffrer from: breathing difficulties, back, shoulder and neck pain, bra-strap indentation, chafing, restricted physical activity due to breasts and decreased sense of attraction and self confidence.
The procedure takes about three hours and is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or in the hospital. Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. The nipple areolar complex is moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed. The areola, which is usually larger than ideal, is reduced in size. The nipple and areola usually remain attached to their underlying tissue as they are moved to their higher position. This method will allow for the preservation of sensation, and it is still often possible as well to breastfeed. The procedure may be performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. If you are admitted to the hospital, your stay will usually be no more than one day.
The incisions are covered with light dressings, and the breasts are placed in a bra. The bra holds the breasts symmetrically during initial healing. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade in 6-12 months.
An additional procedure that would enhance the result is Liposuction of the axillary area to reduce excess fat deposits.