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Which Breast Reduction Technique Is Right for You?

By Sheryl Pilcher on May 18, 2015

A woman holding her hand across her breasts Though many women wish for larger breasts, those with excessively large breasts can often attest to how painful, cumbersome, and uncomfortable they can be. Many of these women experience unending neck and back pain. Some may experience shoulder pain, or even develop grooves along the tops of their shoulders, from bra straps being pulled down by the weight of their breasts. Breast reduction can provide relief to women who suffer from the unceasing pain of large breasts. If you think breast reduction is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with San Antonio plastic surgeon Sheryl Pilcher. In the meantime, read on to learn more about breast reduction techniques.

Traditional or “Anchor” Breast Reduction

Traditionally, breast reduction surgery has been performed using an “anchor” incision technique. The anchor incision is made by creating an incision around the areola, down the middle of the underside of the breast, followed by a horizontal incision along the crease of the breast, thus creating an anchor shape. Excess skin, tissue, and fat is then removed from the breast and the skin is pulled tight and stitched closed to reshape, lift, and reduce the size of the breast. With this technique, the nipple and areola can be moved higher up on the breast, and the size of the areola can be reduced.

Vertical of “Lollipop” Incision Breast Reduction

The vertical incision technique, also called the lollipop incision, typically results in less scarring than the traditional breast lift technique. The vertical technique requires an incision around the areola and down the center of the breast, essentially in the shape of a lollipop. Once the vertical incision is made down the breast, excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed and the skin is smoothed out and stitched in place. The vertical incision technique is best suited to women with moderately large breasts. Those with extremely large breasts are better candidates for the traditional technique.

“Scarless” Breast Reduction

Though no breast reduction surgery is truly scarless, the scarless breast reduction technique results in far less scarring due to the use of a series of small incisions. Scarless breast reduction surgery uses liposuction to reduce the size of the breasts and eliminate the need for large incisions or movement of the nipples. The scarless breast reduction surgery is performed by making small incisions within the crease of the breasts, or even the underarm, through which the liposuction cannula is placed and tissue is suctioned out. Scarless breast reduction presents less risk to nipple sensitivity, tissue trauma, and general complications, however, it can only remove fatty tissue and is not suitable for women with extremely large, pendulous breasts.

Find Out More about Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction can alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain, allowing you to stand with confidence. Reclaim your body and improve your confidence with breast reduction surgery. Learn more about the procedure and if it's right for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Pilcher.

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