What is a Breast Reduction?

A 43-year-old female patient demonstrated bilateral breast hypertrophic with grade III ptosis who initially consulted me to find out what is a breast reduction.

Women get a breast reduction when they want to reduce the size of their breasts. Oversized breasts often cause additional problems such as chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or back, skin irritation, and in some cases nerve damage.

To ease the discomfort or achieve a more proportional aesthetic, women seek a breast reduction. Breast reduction involves removing excess fat, skin, and tissue in the breasts. The most important step in getting your breast reduction surgery is finding an experienced plastic surgeon. Together with your specialist, you will develop a comprehensive plan that is tailored to you. Since every patient is different the procedure and the cost of the treatment often vary.

Typically, breast reduction surgery involves an incision and liposuction and excision of excess tissue in the breasts. A small incision is made near or around the areola. Liposuction is used to target areas of excess fat. Using high definition VASER liposuction, Dr. Mowlavi can create incredible contour and definition regardless of your status coming into the surgery.

Excision of the excess tissue is likely another step in the procedure, as a sum of the breast mass is likely tissue and not fat. Careful incisions are used to cut out the excess tissue. Following the invasive part of the procedure, delicate suturing techniques are used to reduce scarring and ensure an optimal recovery.

Dr. Mowlavi uses the same sewing principles he teaches medical students to ensure minimal scarring and no exterior hash marks.

At the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Mowlavi uses PDS sutures, which are much more effective than monocryl or vicryl. Furthermore, there are no sutures placed on the outside of the incision to avoid hash marks. Instead, glue is used to seal the outside of the incision; as a result, there are no visual signs of sutures. A superior suturing technique promotes a smooth recovery and minimal scarring.

Breast reduction recovery is quick and many patients find they are back to regular activity within a month. If you are interested in a breast reduction surgery please contact Dr. Mowlavi for your free consultation today! 

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