San Francisco Breast Reduction Surgeon – Dr Elyassnia
Overview of Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is classically performed for women with very large, sagging breasts that cause them physical discomfort and limit their activities. Due to the excessive weight from their breasts women commonly experience significant back pain, neck pain, skin irritation, shoulder grooving from bra straps, and many other medical problems. Women and teenagers may also feel extremely self-conscious about this problem which can have an equally negative impact on their lives. Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is designed to remove breast tissue and skin from the breasts in order to alleviate symptoms and create a much more aesthetically pleasing shape. Also for women with a large stretched areola, (the colored skin surrounding the nipple) this is reduced in size.
There are numerous techniques for this operation but most involve removing excess breast tissue and skin while repositioning the nipple in a higher position. This leaves either a longer scar that encircles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural crease below the breast or a shorter scar that eliminates this last portion in the crease (the anchor shaped scar vs. the lollipop scar). The least invasive technique involves liposuction of the breasts alone which has the advantage of leaving very minimal scars but few women are good candidates for this procedure. However liposuction can be combined with other techniques to obtain a better overall result. The newer short scar or liposuction techniques can be applied to most breasts but depends on your individual circumstances and will require an evaluation from your surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.