Thursday, February 3, 2011

Something About Breast Reduction - Plastic Surgery

Large breasts were at one time considered extremely aesthetic and very sociable, but in today's world it is often a source of embarrassment. It also brings with it the problems of ill-fitting clothes, inability to wear modern, designer kind of hep clothing as well as the problem of back pain, bra strap marks on the shoulder, sweating and fungal infection below the chest line, and a general decreased self esteem.

Large size may be from teenage itself or more commonly after childbirth. The major complaint women have after childbirth is that the chest have now sagged down, and started to look very bad. The only treatment for these problems is surgical reduction . No other non surgical procedure is successful, may it be use of ultrasound technology or radio frequency based devices. It should be understood, that there is an absolute increase of breast tissue as well as skin, which needs to tackled, and surgery is the only option


Breast reduction involves an actual removal of excess breast tissue as well as skin, and shaping it to a more aesthetic and shapely figure as per the pre-operative discussions with the patient. Commonly this involves two types of procedures. One is a wise pattern with inverted ‘T' scar pattern; the other is vertical short scar pattern. The latter technique is now well established, has a smaller scar, but takes significantly more time to give the final shape.

The ‘T' scar technique
This involves a scar on the chest in the shape of an inverted T. The advantages of the technique is
this technique is easier to teach and more predictable results
the final shape is immediately visible after surgery, with little changes in the long term period
there is little potential of scar spreading
The disadvantages of this procedure is
long scar ( though the scar is hidden below the chest, so is visible only on lying down
there is chance of tissue breakdown along the junction of the limbs of the inverted T(this is not common, and though there is rapid healing)

The vertical short scar technique
The procedure involves only a vertical scar without the horizontal component. As a result of which the skin excision is limited to the region around the areola (upper part). This procedure has been popularized by Dr Ruth Graf (Brazil)(with whom the author has trained with)
The advantages of this procedure is
shorter scar
The disadvantages of this procedure is that
more difficult to teach
it takes almost 6 months to show the final shape
there may be need to revise the surgery in almost 30% of patients
the skin shaping is as not as good, because lesser skin is removed from the lower half of the chest
chances of scar stretching in the region of the areola

Possible problems with breast reduction

The patient will be required to stay in the hospital for 1 day after the surgery.


Breast reduction is an extremely satisfying procedure, because the results are predictable to a large extent in the preoperative period. How much tissue needs to be removed is decided, and therefore the patient has a clear picture of what her body is going to look like after surgery. There is a need to wear specially designed pressure garments to support the breast tissue for a period of 3 weeks. Breast asymmetries can also be tackled at the time of the surgery

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! This doesn't look like something I'd usually pick up but I will admit that the premise has gotten me intrigued!
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