Your Las Vegas Breast Reduction Surgeon
Breast reduction surgeries are performed to modify the breasts’ shape, size, and volume, and sometimes to even reduce the size of the areola. Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian J. Parker, MD, says that a reduction cosmetic surgery can help in considerably bringing down the pain caused from heavy breasts in the shoulders or back, but should be undertaken only after consulting an experienced plastic surgeon. Once you have narrowed down a credible cosmetic surgeon, discuss the expectations you have of the surgery, so that the cosmetic surgeon can explain the feasible results to you. The plastic surgeon should then give you details about the reduction surgery before you undergo the procedure.
Prior to breast reduction cosmetic surgery
Dr. Brian J. Parker, MD, may ask you to not smoke for a couple of weeks before the breast reduction plastic surgery. He advices this because smoking can lead to infections in the chest or cause the surgical wounds to heal at a slower pace, making the scars appear worse. He may also ask you to avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin. Undertaking hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives will have to be ceased as they can pose a risk of blood clots developing in the leg veins.
Breast reduction procedure
The reduction procedure can take anywhere in the range of ninety minutes to four hours. The cosmetic surgeon first begins with the nipples which are moved to a new position, while retaining their connection to the body’s blood supply. In cases where the breasts are extremely large, the surgeon may remove the nipples to reposition them by means of skin grafts, which develop a blood supply by themselves. The plastic surgeon then removes excess breast tissue or skin and then reshapes the remaining tissues so they are smaller and firmly hold up. While the typical duration of stay at the medical facility is about 1-2 nights, in a few cases it can go up to 3-4 nights. The technique employed during a reduction plastic surgery depends on what best suits the patient and the desired outcome. It may be any one of the following:
- Inverted T or Anchor: This technique gets its name from the anchor-shaped incision that is made during the surgery. It is among the more commonly performed procedures and leaves a scar that is anchor shaped, beginning near the areola and moving vertically downwards, while crossing the breast creases horizontally.
- Circumareolar: This technique is chosen when there is just a small volume of breast tissue to be removed. It leaves a scar that is circular in nature outside the perimeter of the areola.
- Vertical pattern: In this method, the incision and scar are in a circular pattern surrounding the areola, with a vertical pattern that drops below the crease. The advantage of choosing this method is that it does not leave any scar under the breasts and also offers lower risks of complications from wounds. This is usually not suitable for patients who have relatively large breasts.