Breast Reduction


Many women experience daily discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Large breasts can cause improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and pain. At the Thompson Center for Plastic Surgery, we believe no woman should endure the burdens caused by having extremely large breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve an optimal breast size proportional to each patient’s body. If needed, Dr. Thompson may also reposition the nipples during the reshaping of the breasts to ensure a proportioned result. Breast reduction surgery will give you the breast size that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable.

What Do You Desire?


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Proportionate Breasts


Women with large, cumbersome breasts may struggle with having imbalanced body proportions. Breast reduction surgery can make the breasts more proportionate so that they complement the natural curves of a woman’s silhouette. This procedure can also restore symmetry to the breasts, resulting in an attractive and harmonious bustline.
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Improved Comfort


Many women with overly large breasts experience physical discomfort. Breast reduction surgery provides relief from excess weight that can cause skin irritation as well as chronic pain. Women who opt for breast reduction surgery can enjoy better mobility and an active lifestyle with less pain.
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Long-Lasting Results With GalaFLEX® Mesh


Because the breast tissue tends to become compromised by age and loss of elasticity, many patients benefit from additional support. GalaFLEX® Mesh is a resorbable micro-filament scaffold that reinforces soft tissue and acts as an internal push-up bra, preserving breast reduction results from premature sagging. Dr. Thompson is a passionate advocate for the use of the GalaFLEX® Mesh to help maintain longer-lasting breast reduction results.

Your Breast Reduction Consultation


One of the most critical parts of your breast reduction journey is your initial consultation with Dr. Thompson. During this appointment, Dr. Thompson will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your breasts and consider your concerns before developing a personalized surgical plan that fulfills your cosmetic objectives. Utilizing advanced technologies such as TouchMD and VECTRA® 3D Imaging, patients can see an accurate simulation of their potential results before they undergo breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Options


Incision Location

Breast reduction is a highly customizable breast enhancement procedure. The following techniques may be used to reshape the breasts based on your individual needs:

  • Keyhole (Racquet-Shaped) Incision: This technique involves creating a keyhole incision on the lower breast tissue and an incision around the nipple. This method is best for patients with moderately large breasts.
  • Anchor-Shaped Incision: This technique involves creating an anchor-shaped incision that encircles the nipple, extends down the breast, and runs along the natural breast crease. This method is the most common because it allows for the most improvement.

Combinations

Breast reduction surgery can be performed in conjunction with other enhancement techniques to obtain optimal results. Some of the procedures that are commonly performed with breast reduction include:

Recovery

After breast reduction surgery, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your new breasts and what your temporary physical limitations and medications will be. During recovery, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort that can be controlled with pain medications. You should try walking as soon as possible after your breast reduction surgery to promote healing and blood circulation. Plan to take approximately two weeks off work. It is also important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least four weeks. You can ensure the best results and the shortest recovery time by carefully following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions.

Before & After Images


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Frequently Asked Questions


Candidates for breast reduction surgery wish to have firmer, more manageable breasts. The ideal candidates for breast reduction can relate to the following issues that arise from having large breasts:

  • Neck and backaches
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Deep grooves in the shoulders from bra straps
  • Skin irritation under the breasts

Most breast reduction procedures are performed using general anesthesia to ensure patient safety and comfort.

While there is always a risk of developing visible scarring after surgery, Dr. Thompson is careful to place all breast reduction incisions in inconspicuous locations. He also provides patients with thorough aftercare directions and offers Embrace® Active Scar Defense as well as BioCorneum® to help minimize the appearance of scars.

Breast reduction results are typically permanent, but the breasts are still subject to the natural effects of aging, pregnancy, and weight gain. The reduction will be apparent immediately after surgery, but due to swelling and healing, the final results will take some time to show. The swelling can take up to a couple of months to diminish. Patients can preserve their results by adopting a healthy, active lifestyle and avoiding significant weight gain after surgery.

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with breast reduction surgery. These include:

  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Scarring
  • Damage to deeper structures
  • Asymmetry
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Our staff is available to answer all of your questions, help you schedule your breast reduction consultation, and begin your journey to obtaining the figure you desire.