Excessively large breasts can not only cause aesthetic concerns, but also pain in the back, shoulders and neck, movement restrictions and other issues. This condition can be corrected with breast reduction cosmetic surgery. The procedure should be performed by an expert to ensure that the right shape and proportion of breasts is maintained while the size and volume is reduced as desired.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides breast reduction and various other procedures of the breast, body and face. Having training and experience of more than 25 years, Dr. Kaufman is a top surgeon receiving patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Breast reduction cosmetic surgery may be performed using one of the following surgical techniques as per the patient’s unique needs:
Anchor Pattern Technique
This traditional technique is the most popular form of breast reduction performed in the US, and is ideally suited for women with significantly oversized breasts. The incisions will be placed horizontally in the breast crease and extent vertically up to the areola, creating an anchor shape of the incision.
Excess skin can be removed both horizontally and vertically with this technique. A greater amount of tissue can be removed with the anchor pattern incision. A smooth appearance of the breasts can be achieved in about one month after the surgery. The downside of this procedure is that it is relatively more invasive. A skillful plastic surgeon can ensure discreet incisions to keep the scarring less obvious.
Vertical Incision Technique
Vertical incision technique is also known as a short scar procedure. It will lead to lesser scarring as compared to the traditional technique and the breasts will turn out to be shapelier too. Due to these benefits, the popularity of vertical incision technique has been growing in recent years. Women who want to avoid a more invasive procedure and do not have the need for extensive tissue removal can make good candidates for this procedure.
The incision in this technique will extend around the areola and go vertically down to the breast crease, creating a lollipop incision pattern. Horizontal incision is not required in this technique, which allows for reduced scarring. Lesser anesthesia will be needed, the procedure can be completed faster, and the recovery will be easier as compared to the traditional breast reduction procedure.
Dr. Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon offering both types of breast reduction procedures to his patients. He will evaluate the patient’s breast anatomy and her personal aesthetic goals before recommending the most appropriate technique. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas.
Surgical drains may be placed during breast reduction to prevent fluid build-up during recovery. The surgeon will provide specific instructions regarding how to empty the drains. Immediately after the surgery, the breasts will be wrapped in dressings, which will be removed in a day or two. This will be replaced by a surgical bra that the patient will have to wear for a few weeks. Patients can resume their normal activity or return to work in about a week to 10 days.