Most people believe that breast reduction surgery is all about aesthetics. In reality, it is mostly used to relieve women and men
from the physical pain and discomfort of very large breasts. In addition, having breasts that are too large for your frame makes it extremely difficult to participate in some physical activities. Removing the excess tissue and skin from breasts can resolve a host of issues such as back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, skin rashes, and bra strap indentations.
Although breast reduction surgery can be performed at nearly any age, Murphy Plastic Surgery’s Dr. James E. Murphy strongly recommends postponing any procedure until your breasts are fully developed. Breast reduction surgery can improve your health, freeing you to enjoy the active lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Breast reduction surgery can also relieve you of any unwanted attention from the size of your breasts. Patients find that clothes fit better, too.
Schedule a consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery to ask Dr. Murphy whether a breast reduction procedure may be right for you. Be prepared to ask questions about the surgeon’s experience as well as about the procedure.
Breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. You will need someone to take you home, and stay with you for the first 24 hours. There are some variations in the incisions made for breast reduction surgery, but the most commonly used is the anchor-shaped. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. James Murphy, makes one incision around the nipple (areola), another vertically from the underside of the areola to the crease under the breast, and another along the contour of the crease under the breast. The excess fatty tissue and skin are then removed, and the diameter of the nipple can be reduced and repositioned higher on the breast.
Immediately after surgery, you will have some swelling, soreness, and bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications for the discomfort. You will be up and about the next day, but very conservatively – no lifting your arms above your head, or lifting any heavy objects. Stitches are generally removed a week later.
You will experience some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, but these will reduce over time. Incisions will be red to pink, but fade out to light pink or white over time. We have a Palomar Icon™ laser that can minimize the discoloration of the scars quicker, and heal the scar in a more aesthetically pleasing way, if the patient chooses. You will continue to wear a good support bra, 23 hours a day.
After four to six weeks, you may resume more vigorous exercise and full range of motion with your arms. Follow-up care will occur within a week after surgery, and approximately every three months for the first year.
Dr. Murphy will call you the first night or following day after surgery, to make sure you are doing well. We are on call for you 24 hours a day, if necessary.