Dr Michael Kaplan - Missouri Breast Reductions

Our Plastic Surgery Clinic Specializes In Breast Reductions

Breast reduction decreases the size of the breast by removing fat, skin and glandular tissue. The procedure makes your breasts smaller, lighter, firmer and perkier. Woman may opt for this surgery is the weight of their breasts is causing chronic pain of the head, neck, back and shoulders, plus circulation and breathing problems. The procedure is usually covered by insurance. Males with the condition of gynecomastia (the development of abnormally large mammary glands in males that results in breast enlargement), may use the surgery to restore confidence.

Inferior pedicle technique is sometimes referred to as a keyhole, inverted-T or "Wise pattern" reduction. An anchor-shaped incision is made around the circles of the areola. The incision extends downward. Fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed and the nipple and areola are lifted. It allows the blood vessels and nerves to stay connected to these structures thereby preserving the life and sensation to the nipple area. This is the most common procedure used in the U.S.

Vertical scar technique is becoming more popular because of shorter scarring. It may have a limited or absent horizontal component. This is best suited for smaller reductions. The breast is reduced by removing the lateral and inferior tissues and leaves the upper pole mostly untouched.

Horizontal scar technique usually requires an inferior and or inferior-lateral pedical like the traditional "Wise pattern". It has a shorter scar and advantages can include the absence of a scar.

Liposuction only can be used on women whose breasts are not quite as large or in patients whom are anesthesia risks for longer procedures. Women who use this procedure have fatty, non-dense breast tissue with good skin and little droop. This involves quicker healing time and little scarring.

Patients are usually allowed to go home the very same day. The procedure usually takes about three or four hours. You will experience breast tenderness for a couple of weeks. You can usually return to work in one to two weeks. The key to a successful recovery is to follow the doctor's orders. The final shape and appearance of your breasts may not be apparent for six months to a year.

Possible risks of breast reduction include difficulty breast feeding, scarring, delayed wound healing, altered nipple sensation and fluid retention in the breasts. However, a number of studies have demonstrated a similar ability to breast feed when breast reduction patients are compared to control groups. These risks can be minimized by not smoking, getting your diabetes under control, being fit and following your doctor's instructions.

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