The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. Once in surgery, the doctor will begin the procedure by making an incision around the outside of the nipple and vertically along the underside of the breast. He then removes the appropriate amount of excess fat, tissue, and skin. Dr. Sessa is careful to remove excess tissue in a way that creates a beautiful new contour.
Once he is finished reducing the volume and size of the breasts, he carefully re-forms them to achieve symmetrical, natural-looking results. He may also reduce the size of the nipple and/or reposition it to produce a more natural appearance. If he is also lifting the breasts, he will reposition the remaining tissue higher up on the chest and secure it into place. When the breasts have been properly sculpted, Dr. Sessa carefully closes the incisions.
Depending on the starting anatomy of your breasts or medical factors, Dr. Sessa may recommend a surgical technique known as a free nipple graft breast reduction. This will be further discussed during your consulation.
Recovering From Breast Reduction
Following surgery, patients must be driven home by a friend or family member to begin the recovery process. Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort initially. Ice and pain medication can help to make the recovery process more comfortable.
During the first week or two, rest with occasional very light activity is recommended. Patients should take a couple of weeks off from work and plan to slowly reintroduce more strenuous activities after several more weeks. A special bra will typically need to be worn during recovery. Patients should follow all of Dr. Sessa’s instructions to help prevent complications, promote proper healing and encourage optimal results.