Some women who have breasts that are too large for their bodies and may have significant medical problems because of them. Dr. Doherty can help relieve some of these issues by performing a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty). This procedure is designed to decrease the size of the breasts, lift them up and make them more proportional to the rest of the body.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
As with any other plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction requires careful consideration of a patient’s medical and cosmetic requirements before surgery.In general, patients who experience any of the following symptoms and associate them with large breasts may benefit from breast reduction surgery:
- Persistent back or neck pain
- Frequent headaches
- Indentations in your shoulders caused by tight bra straps (shoulder grooving)
- Redness and chafing caused by tight bra straps (underneath the bra or along the shoulders)
- Reluctance to participate in active sports because of the size of your breasts
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit or flatter your chest
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Doherty regarding breast reduction in Boston or Brookline, please contact one of the offices today.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
The goal of reduction mammaplasty is to remove excess skin and volume of breast tissue. Dr. Doherty will create an incision that goes around the areola, down the lower front of the breast, and along the crease beneath the breast. After removing the desired amount of tissue, Dr. Doherty will tighten up and remove any excess skin, reposition the nipple to its new location, and close the incisions.
As with any surgery, the scars from breast reduction will be permanent, but since they are located on the lower areas of the breasts, they tend to be hidden. Patients will ultimately be able to wear a variety of lingerie, swimsuits, or low-cut gowns. with no scars showing at all. The scars from this procedure are very dynamic immediately after surgery. A red or pink color will last for at least 4-6 weeks, but will slowly fade. In addition, these scars may be somewhat raised initially after the surgery. With time, this will also improve. Post operative visits will involve multiple discussions on how to help with scar care to provide the best possible outcome.
Please contact either the Boston or Brookline office to schedule a consultation to discuss breast reduction surgery. Call his Boston (617)450.0070 or Brookline (617) 735-8735 office to learn more today.