Posted on 21 Jan 2016

What Exactly is a Breast Reduction?

The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease.

After the surgeon has removed excess breast tissue, fat and skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually have been stretched, also is reduced in size.

Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the arm.

Usually, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this allows for the preservation of sensation. The ability to breastfeed may also be preserved by this method, although this cannot be guaranteed.

Will I Have Scars After Breast Reduction?

If you have excess skin and desire a decrease in volume, there is no way to get around having scars. Science has yet to find a way to truly do “scarless” surgery. That being said, most patients are very happy to trade off having scars for an improved breast shape, fewer aches and pains associated with large droopy breasts, and looking better in clothing, swimming suits, bras, and more.

What Should I Look For In Breast Reduction Before / After Photos?

Because everyone’s body is different, you won’t be able to completely predict your own results from looking at breast reduction before and after pictures, so here are some things to keep in mind when viewing the photo gallery.

Before Photos: Look for someone similar to you prior to surgery.

  • Body size and weight
  • Chest size
  • Breast size
  • Areola size
  • Nipple location
  • Breast symmetry

It is best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs breast surgery. You can look at photos of typical scars in a wide variety of patients and better understand what to expect. Similarly, your plastic surgeon will help determine the incision that is right for you.

Call Salem Plastic Surgeon Dr. Neaman for a Consultation

Neaman Plastic Surgery specializes in breast reductionbreast augmentationbreast lift, and breast implant surgeries for patients living in Salem, Oregon. Call 844-338-5445 to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Keith Neaman

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Neaman Plastic Surgery | Learn More

Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.

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