Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed to relieve the physical discomfort often associated with very large breasts and enhance the overall appearance of your breasts. The excessive weight of large breasts can cause physical symptoms such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as skin rashes beneath the breasts. The procedure removes excess breast tissue and skin, making your breasts smaller, firmer, and more shapely. The areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) may be reduced and repositioned. After the surgery, the size and weight of your breasts will no longer interfere with physical activity, and your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body.
During surgery, three incisions will be made. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease. After Dr. Khoury has removed excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. General anesthesia is used so that you will remain asleep throughout the surgery.
After surgery, you will be instructed to sleep on your back. Straining, bending, and lifting must be avoided after surgery since these activities could cause increased swelling or bleeding. After a 2 weeks, stitches are removed and swelling subsides. The incisions may stay a pinkish color for a few months after surgery but the discoloration will fade with time.