Breast Reduction in Wichita, KS
Large, pendulous breasts can negatively affect a woman’s life, both physically and mentally. The weight of overly large breasts can cause pain throughout the body, embarrassment, and low self-esteem.
Thankfully, breast reduction can reduce the breasts’ size and sculpt them to match your body’s proportions. Women who receive a breast reduction can achieve the comfortable, attractive breast appearance they have always wanted and significantly increase their self-confidence.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Suitable candidates for breast reduction are in good physical health and have no underlying health conditions that could compromise the surgery. Patients should have realistic expectations about their final results.
Ideal candidates for breast reduction experience one or more of the following conditions:
- Overly large breasts and areolas
- Misshapen or asymmetrical breasts
- Shoulder, neck, or back pain from large breasts
- Irritation beneath the breasts folds (inflammation or rash)
- Downward pointing nipples
Women with cumbersome breasts often find it challenging to find properly fitting clothing and supportive bras. This lack of support makes exercising very difficult and, sometimes, downright painful.
How Is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. This means that you will be released home to recovery shortly after your surgery and will not require an overnight stay.
Your breasts’ size will determine which breast reduction technique is applied:
What Is a Traditional Breast Reduction?
Traditional breast reduction uses an anchor-shaped incision pattern, also known as the inverted-T. The incision will begin around the areola and travel down the lower pole of the breast towards the inframammary fold (breast crease). The incision will then travel horizontally across that crease.
Once the excess tissue has been removed, and the incisions closed, the resulting scar will resemble an upside-down “T.”
What Is a Vertical Breast Reduction?
A vertical breast reduction uses a ‘lollipop’ incision technique. This incision will be made around the areola’s edge that extends downward from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease.
This technique is similar to the anchor incision; however, it does not require the horizontal incision across the inframammary fold (resulting in less scarring). The lollipop reduction is better suited for women who desire a smaller reduction and present a lesser degree of breast ptosis (sagging).
Can Other Surgical Procedures Be Performed With My Breast Lift?
Breast reduction is nearly always performed alongside a breast lift to meet your aesthetic goals. A breast lift addresses stretched and sagging breast tissues (often caused by excessive breast weight) and repositions the nipple-areola complex.
Breast reduction and breast lift techniques work together to provide you with ideal breast contouring results.
Liposuction treatment can also be used to transform the shape of the breast.
What Should I Expect for Breast Reduction Recovery?
Once your breast reduction is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to your breasts for protection, and a specialized support bra will be provided to minimize swelling. Dr. Conrad will give instructions for your breast reduction recovery that include:
- How to care for yourself during recovery
- When to schedule a follow-up
- Incision-site care and bandage removal
- When to resume exercise and physical activity
What Will My Breast Reduction Results Be Like?
Your breast reduction will be very attractive, boosting self-confidence and improving the quality of life. Once you have fully recovered, you can feel more comfortable engaging in new physical activities and wearing new styles of clothing.
Interested in Learning More About Breast Reduction in Wichita, KS?
Dr. Conrad is a highly respected board-certified plastic surgeon who performs customized breast reduction.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Matthew Conrad, feel free to contact our Kansas practice by calling (316) 681-2227 today.