Techniques Used in Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction belongs in the rare class of surgical procedures that offers both cosmetic and health benefits in more or less equal measure. Especially when the procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon with the experience, skill, and extraordinary aesthetic eye of Dr. Craig A. Foster, patients generally emerge from breast reduction with dramatically improved contours, fewer aches and pains, and a heightened sense of comfort in their own skin. In terms of its power to change lives for the better, breast reduction is truly one of the most transformative plastic surgery procedure there is.
At his plastic surgery office in Manhattan, breast reduction techniques are explained by Dr. Foster to his patients during confidential consultations before they undergo the procedure. This allows them to make the most confident and education decisions regarding their surgery. Dr. Foster advises them on which technique is best suited to their particular cases based on the unique size, shape, and weight of their breasts, in addition to the degree to which they are drooping. He then customizes treatment plans according to their specific needs and goals.
Which breast reduction technique is most appropriate to your case? The best way to find out is to meet with Dr. Foster at his state-of-the-art plastic surgery center for a one-on-one consultation at your earliest convenience.
What are the most common breast reduction techniques?
As a skilled, experienced breast surgeon, Dr. Foster has mastered a number of advanced breast reduction techniques. The most common techniques for performing breast reduction include:
- The Inferior Pedicle Technique: Using this technique, Dr. Foster makes an anchor-shaped incision, starting with an incision around the areola that extends down to and then along the crease of the breast. Through these incisions, excess fat and glandular tissues are removed, and then excess skin is excised. The nipple and areolar complex is not detached, but rather relocated to a higher position on the breast. The skin is then pulled taut around the areolar complex, and the incisions are sutured closed and left to heal.
- Vertical Scar Technique: This technique, popularly known as the “lollipop” technique, starts with the creation of an incision around the areola and down the breast. However, unlike the inferior pedicle technique, Dr. Foster does not make an incision in the fold of the breast. After he removes excess fat and other tissues through the incisions, he then pleats the excess skin over itself. This technique is best reserved for women with moderately sized breasts as opposed to extremely large breasts.
- Liposuction Technique: This technique is often used for women who have breasts that are extremely large and heavy due to excess fat. Dr. Foster makes discreet incisions either in the crease of the breast or in the armpit. He then uses liposuction to remove fat from the breast. While this technique offers the unique benefit of producing scars that are very well hidden, it is applicable to women who require only fat removal from their breasts, which is a relatively small percentage of patients.
- Free Nipple Graft Technique: This technique is reserved for patients who require substantial reduction of the breasts. Using this technique, Dr. Foster detaches the nipple and areola to access the underlying tissues and reshape the breasts and then reattaches them at the close of the procedure.
Learn More about Breast Reduction Techniques
To learn more about breast reduction techniques, please contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Craig A. Foster today.