Breast reduction, otherwise known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breast. It removes excess skin, fat and tissues from the breast to achieve the right size and or shape.
Despite the conventional wisdom that large breasts are sexy, this might not be the case for women with extremely large breast. For them, their breasts are a great source of inconvenience.
First of all, finding the right bra size can be a nightmare since most bras are not made for our chesty sisters. Overtime, as a result of wearing ill fitting bras, they develop chronic shoulder and neck pain that requires medication.Sweating around the breasts is a major concern for women with large breasts and is often times very uncomfortable.
If you speak to women with large boobs, they will tell you that most times finding a perfectly fitting dress may be a challenge. If they find a good dress, every other part of the body fits except for one, the chest. Large breasts greatly impair physical activity. This, coupled with the negative self image that some women experience because of their breasts, can hurt self esteem and reduce the overall quality of life.
It is important to note that reduction mammoplasty can also be of help to those who want their bodies in a certain way without necessarily having problems with their breasts.We will explore the various options of breast reduction
- Anchor Incision pattern
This is regarded as the gold standard of reduction mammoplasty. A cut is made around the areola and then continues down the centre of the lower half of the breasts. Another cut goes horizontally along the breast crease forming an inverted T. This method allows the surgeon to control the shape and proportion of the breast by removing tissue from any side. This is the most ideal method for those with very large breasts.
- Vertical incision
This is good for women with mild to moderately large breasts because it gives the surgeon less control and therefore working on a large breast may be difficult. An incision is made around the areola and extends down the lower half of the breast.
- “Donut” or “Benelli” reduction
This involves making an incision around the areola This gives little access to breast tissue and is not good for women with very large breasts. The scar will hide under the dark areola skin.
Liposuction is good for mild breast reduction for women with fatty breast tissue and good skin elasticity.
Risks of breast reduction
Before you undergo breast reduction procedure, understanding the risks is crucial. Your surgeon should be able to explain to you the risks involved after which you will sign the consent form. Possible risks include:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Loss of sensations on the skin around the areola and the breasts
- Injury to blood vessels, nerves, muscles and the lung
- Fluid accumulation
- Inability to breast feed
- Poor wound healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast firmness
- Fat necrosis
- Possibilities of a revision surgery
We hope that this article has given you more insight about breast reduction and the different options you can choose from before undergoing this important Procedure. Davinci Medical Group are the experts in Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery in Kenya, with highly qualified doctors, with breast reduction being one of the services we provide. Get in touch with us today for more information.