Did you know that a pair of D-size breasts can weigh up to 23 pounds? While large breasts are often a coveted beauty ideal, they can be a painful reality if you have a naturally large chest. At Noble Cosmetic Surgery in Plano, Texas, Dr. Patrick Obasi performs breast reduction surgery for women who want to relieve the aches, pains, and discomfort caused by heavy breasts. Schedule a breast reduction consultation with Dr. Obasi by phone or online today.
Breast Reduction Q & A
How is a breast reduction performed?
Depending on the size, shape, and density of your breasts and breast tissue, Dr. Obasi may recommend different techniques to reduce the size of your breasts while maintaining their shape and position on your body.
With liposuction, he can loosen and extract excess fat from the breast and underarm area. This technique may be a good choice if you have more fatty breast tissue and you don’t want a significant reduction in size. This method is often a good fit for postmenopausal women.
Breast reduction surgery, in contrast, is a more complicated procedure. However, it allows for better flexibility in shaping breasts. Dr. Obasi can:
- Reduce your breast size: Remove fat, fibrous tissue, glandular tissue, and excess skin
- Reposition your nipples: Downward-facing nipples can be repositioned or lifted
- Resize your areoles: Reduce the circumference of pigmented skin around nipples
- Lift your breasts: Creates a perkier, more youthful silhouette
What can I expect?
As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Your breast reduction surgery will be tailored to give you natural-looking, proportionate results.
Following your procedure, you may have bandages on the incisions and an elastic bandage around your breasts to minimize swelling and to support your breasts as they heal. A drain may be placed under the skin to collect excess fluid.
You’ll be recovering for several weeks and may need to minimize exercise and other strenuous activities until you’re fully healed.
Will I have scars?
Dr. Obasi uses a suturing technique that leaves minimal scarring, which fades over time. The incision pattern he recommends is determined by breast size, droop, and the nipple-areola position. The following types of scars might be present after your surgery:
- Micro-incisions, which are used in liposuction and close without stitches.
- Donut incisions, which circle the areolas and are often disguised by pigmentation.
- Lollipop or keyhole incisions, which wrap around the areolas and down to the ribcage
- Anchor incisions, three cuts around the areola, across the breast, and across the breast
Scarring is a normal part of breast reduction surgery, but most scars fade over time. With a proper skincare routine, you help speed the recovery process and enjoy your new, lighter breasts.