Some women have large breasts that lead to the development of neck and back pain due to the excess breast weight. Other manifestations can be bra shoulder strap grooves or recurrent irritation or infections underneath the breasts due to breast weight and skin-to-skin contact, respectively. Breast reduction surgery can help to reshape, lift, and reduce the weight of the breasts to enable patients to lead more active lifestyles. Most women in this situation who undergo this procedure wish that they had done it sooner!
Will I have a scar and, if so, what are my options?
All traditional breast reduction patterns leave a scar on the breast. Thankfully, these scars tend to fade with time and the results are well worth it! Women often achieve an improved body image, decreased back and neck pain, and can lead a more active lifestyle once they have had some of the weight burden relived. There are two major scar patterns that result from breast reduction: a vertical pattern and a scar, a vertical breast reduction allows for breast skin and gland removal that leaves a lollipop shaped scar. This type of reduction is excellent for moderately large breasts that are not extremely wide. For wider, larger breasts, either a “T” shaped or an anchor shaped (Wise pattern) scar is often necessary to achieve a safe and effective partial breast gland removal while optimizing breast shape. In addition to these breast gland and fat reduction techniques, liposuction can often be helpful to achieve a pleasing contour to the lateral (outer) part of the breast and under the armpits.