Why Breast Reduction?
At a time where breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedures of all time, breast reduction might not seem en vogue. But for the many women who suffer from debilitating, overly-large breasts, surgical breast reduction offers relief and a restoration of confidence. The weight from overly large breasts can lead to long-term back pain, problems with posture, skin rashes under the breast, and sore shoulders from bra straps. Freedom of movement and even athletic activity can be hindered by overly large breasts, which make it much more difficult to find a sports bra that can work. On an emotional level, overly large breasts can create feelings of self-consciousness, and many women find that their unique silhouette makes most modern clothes ill-fitting. At Aesthetx, breast reduction can give you beautifully balanced breasts that complement your figure.
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History of Breast Reduction
Records of breast reduction have existed as early as the 7th century from the medical encyclopedia of Greek Physician Paul of Aegina. For hundreds of years, breast reduction was seen as a form of reconstruction, a way for women to remove medically-problematic breasts. For many others, the size of their breasts reflected refinement and their social class, and breast reduction was seen as a way to assimilate into mainstream society. By the 19th century, however, standardized techniques were being refined and developed just as breast reduction was growing into an aesthetic procedure. Since then, the goal was to create “natural” looking and moving results and, by the 20th century, more advanced standards for nipple movement, incisions placement, and tissue removal were being developed. One such innovation happened in 1956 when Robert Wise developed the Wise pattern, an incision pattern that became widely used for removing skin in breast reduction for decades. However, it did leave scars around the nipple, down the breast, and all along the crease. Today, the short scar technique allows for the beautiful reshaping of the breasts while creating only a subtle, lollipop-shaped scar that goes around the perimeter of the nipple and goes down vertically into the breast crease.
Breast Reduction Technique
Our Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz are well-known for their mastery of the short-scar breast reduction, also known as the vertical technique. The short-scar breast reduction is practiced only by an exclusive group of surgeons in the area, but it’s proven itself by providing beautiful results and some of the most discreet scars available from breast reduction. The incision from short-scar breast reduction allows for sufficient access and removal of skin and breast tissue, which will reduce the breast to a more proportional size and create lift. Along with the short-scar technique, our surgeons reinforce the lift by using barbed sutures to hold up the breast tissue and increase fullness in the upper part of the breast.
Breast Reduction Recovery
You and your Aesthetx surgeon will work with you to create a plan for a healthy and safe recovery. You can rest assured that your surgeon will keep a close watch on your healing and will provide a wealth of information and resources to help you recover well. This procedure is completed under general anesthesia and patients go home the same day. Most women take one to two weeks off from work or school, return to their regular activities within three weeks, and can resume exercising within six weeks. After several months, the swelling will subside and you will be able to see the final soft, round shape and size of your new breasts.
Aesthetx is renowned for extremely informative and in-depth consultations. To schedule your private consultation for a breast reduction or to learn more about the procedures, contact Aesthetx or call (408) 559-7177.