Improve Proportion and Balance with Breast Reduction
Of all the procedures that Plastic Surgeons perform, this is the procedure that patients uniformly respond to as being most satisfied with. While some women feel their bust lines are deficient, for others, just the opposite is true. Large, heavy breasts that cause back and neck pain, deep indentations in the shoulders from bra straps, and a feeling of being out of balance cause many women to seek breast reduction surgery at our San Antonio practice. In some cases, insurance may cover breast reduction surgery.
Overly large breasts can cause a woman self-consciousness and embarrassment, as well as physical discomfort. Breast reduction decreases the size and weight of the breasts and makes them more proportionate to the rest of the body. If the breasts are large enough, most insurance companies will cover the procedure, but some policies have exclusions for it. If you are interested in breast reduction, it may be worth your while to check your coverage.
Two techniques are used. Anchor or inverted T-incision and the vertical reduction technique. Anchor or inverted T-incision.
Anchor or inverted T-incision
This is the most common technique used by Dr. Fisher. The final scars are around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and along the breast crease. In this technique the final breast look is similar to that immediately post-surgery. Patients are advised that sensation to the nipples most likely will be lost, although in approximately one third reasonable sensation is retained.
Vertical reduction technique
This is performed either when specifically requested or when Dr. Fisher feels that the breast anatomy is appropriate for this. The final scars are around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. In a small number a short breast crease incision is needed.
An anchor or inverted T-incision is done under general anesthetic on an out-patient basis. Drains are not used. Recovery is variable with patients returning to work anywhere from one to four weeks. Most commonly it is one to two weeks. 80% of patients also state that the procedure was far less painful than expected, about 10-20% claiming no analgesic use afterwards.
For a vertical reduction, a small drain is used. Post-operative course is similar to the above, however it takes about four to eight weeks for the breast shape to its final shape, looking quite awkward to start with.
Dr. Fisher has been available to answer all of my questions and provide me with not only professional medical expertise, but also a much appreciated level of personal empathy. I would 100% recommend Dr. Fisher to anyone who is considering plastic surgery.Brandi