Scottsdale Breast Reduction Options
Breast reduction surgery often provides a positive change for patients who suffer from large breasts. Over the last fifty years, plastic surgeons and patients have learned from one another in the quest to improve breast reduction shape, minimize incisions, protect nipple sensation, and improve safety and efficiency.
Today, women who suffer from the physical symptoms as well as the aesthetic concerns of having large breasts have a myriad of options. Below is a list of breast reduction surgery options and information that pertains to the ideal patient for each category.
Breast reduction via liposuction: Women who have relatively good breast skin quality and simply want a moderate reduction in size and weight of their breasts can undergo liposuction. To accomplish this the breast consistency must not be predominantly fibro-glandular (breast gland) and must have an adequate amount of fat tissue. The patient must also understand that liposuction alone, while creating virtually no visible scars cannot shape and tighten the breast nor can it reshape or raise the areola.
Incision around the areola: This type of incision is more frequently used for breast lift procedures. Candidates for an incision around the areola include patients that need a reduction in the size of the areola or correction in asymmetry of the areola size and position. In doing so, some tissue from around the areola can be removed. The amount of tissue that can be removed using this process is small. For some patients, liposuction can also be performed to help increase the amount of tissue that is removed while still only using an incision around the areola.
Incision around the areola and down the breast (lolli pop): This is perhaps the most frequently used type of breast reduction in my practice. It allows ample amounts of tissue to be removed, the areola to be resized and raised, and the breast to be “coned” or reshaped for a perkier shape.
Incision around the areola and in the breast fold: This is a fairly rare breast reduction type. It can be used for women who have moderately large breasts and whose breast shape benefits most from reduction of the bottom of the breast.
Incision around the areola, down the breast, and in the breast fold: This breast reduction type is most often needed for women who have very large breasts. This is especially true if the breasts have a lateral (side) area that continues into the bra line. In my practice, this type of breast reduction is called an extended breast lift.
Today, there are breast reduction options available to meet the needs of women with a variety of breast size, shape, and goals.