What to Expect from Your Breast Reduction Surgery
A highly skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Yee possesses a passionate and artistic approach, which helps ensure patient satisfaction. Dr. Yee will explain the details of your surgery, so that you understand what to expect in terms of breast reduction results. During your consultation at her Little Rock, AR, practice, she will provide examples of previous reduction surgeries, so that you can see potential results. The current size and shape of your breasts, as well as the type of reduction you choose, will affect the results of your breast reduction surgery. Dr. Yee will make specific recommendations based on your medical and aesthetic goals, so that you are able to achieve the results you want.
Customizing Your Breast Reduction for Optimal Results
During your consultation, Dr. Yee will examine your breasts and discuss your goals for treatment to help determine which surgery technique will achieve your desired results. Dr. Yee performs breast reduction using traditional surgical techniques, or through tumescent liposuction. Although breast reduction through liposuction is the preferred method, Dr. Yee may suggest a traditional surgical technique for certain patients. The surgery technique selected may be any of the following:
Traditional Anchor Pattern Technique: This technique is typically performed on patients with moderate to extremely large breasts since it allows Dr. Yee to more easily remove fat and glandular breast tissue. This surgical technique also removes excess skin, which results in smoother breasts. The anchor incision consists of a horizontal incision along the breast crease and a vertical incision up to and around the nipple (anchor-shaped). This technique involves the most extensive incisions and also has an increased risk for loss of sensation and inability to breastfeed. When compared to the other techniques, the anchor pattern technique is the best to remove excess skin and excess breast tissue.
Vertical “Short Scar” Technique: The vertical incision technique is ideal for women with moderately large or large breasts that require less tissue removal. This technique creates an incision around the nipple and extends vertically down to the breast crease, which results in less scarring, a quicker procedure, and less recovery time. There is some risk of sensation loss and inability to breastfeed, however, these risks are lower than with the anchor technique. Rather than removing excess skin, it is folded, and could appear bumpy or uneven for several months after the surgery.
Scarless Liposuction Technique: For patients whose breasts consist of more fatty tissue than glandular tissue, liposuction may be used to remove fat and reduce breast size. Liposuction will reduce the volume of the breast; it will not alter the shape or position of the breast. This technique involves a small incision either in the crease of the breast or in the armpit. Over time, the skin will shrink to accommodate the smaller breast size. There is no risk of sensation loss or an inability to breastfeed with liposuction, and the technique typically has a much shorter recovery period. This technique may also be used for men with gynecomastia.
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Each breast reduction surgery is different and results will vary from patient to patient. However, there are several benefits that are common among most patients. Breast reduction surgery will likely reduce or eliminate the physical pain or discomfort caused by the weight of large breasts. You may increase your comfort level and ability to participate in various physical activities, exercises, and sports, which can improve your overall health.
Although you will have scars, they will fade over time, and can be covered by undergarments or a bathing suit. You will likely have more clothing options than you did prior to surgery, and these changes to your appearance may greatly improve your confidence.
Schedule Your Personal Consultation
For each and every one of her patients, Dr. Suzanne Yee has made it her mission to provide a positive, life changing experience. If you would like to learn more about what to expect from breast reduction surgery, contact our practice today and schedule your one-on-one consultation.