Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction - Oklahoma City

Breast Reduction surgery? Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes extra breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to relieve the discomfort associated with very large breasts.

Breast reduction risks and safety information

The choice to have breast reduction surgery is very private. You will have to decide if the benefits will fulfill your goals and if the risks of breast reduction surgery and possible complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or plastic surgery staff will explain in depth the risks connected with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will endure and any risks or potential complications. The risks of breast reduction and breast reduction complications include:
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Infection
  • Difference in nipple or breast sensation, which may be permanent or temporary
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures - such as blood vessels, muscles, nerves, and lunges – can be temporary or permanent
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Potential loss of skin/tissue of breast where incisions meet each other
  • Potential, partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Pain, which could possibly stay
  • Allergic reaction to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injectable agents
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
You should know that:
  • Breast reduction surgery can interfere with certain diagnostic procedures
  • Breast and nipple piercing can cause an infection
  • Your ability to breastfeed following reduction mammaplasty may be limited; talk to your doctor if you are planning to nurse a baby
  • The breast reduction procedure is best done when your breasts are fully developed, but can be performed at any age
  • Changes in the breasts during pregnancy can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery, as can significant weight fluctuations
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve ideal results with a single breast reduction procedure and it may be necessary for another surgery.

Where will my surgery be performed?

Breast reduction procedures may be performed in, a hospital or a surgical facility. Your plastic surgeon and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.

When you go home

If you begin to experience chest pains, unusual heartbeats, or shortness of breath, seek medical help immediately. Should any of these breast reduction complications happen, you might need hospitalization and additional treatment.

Be careful

Following you physician’s instructions is the key to healing and having a successful surgery. It is crucial that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, scratch, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you exact instructions on how to care for yourself and how to minimize breast reduction surgery risks.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is usually done through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the extra fat, glandular tissue and skin. In some instances, extra fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with the excision.

Removing tissue and repositioning

After the incision is done, the nipple is then repositioned. Excising skin at the perimeter reduces the areola, if necessary. Underlying breast tissue is lifted, reduced, and shaped. Occasionally, for overly large drooping breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to an advanced position on the breast.

Closing the incisions

The incisions are taken together to reshape the now smaller breast. Seams are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but will fade and significantly improve over time in most cases.

Additional Information About Breast Reduction:

Women often go to Oklahoma City plastic surgeon Jeanette Padgett to get a breast reduction surgery that reduces uncomfortable or painful symptoms caused by overly large breast. Dr. Padgett usually recommends postponing the procedure until your breasts are fully developed, but this surgery can be performed at any age. Breast reduction surgery can allow you to freely enjoy the active spontaneous lifestyle you’ve always wanted and can also improve your health. The surgery can also free you of unwanted attention due to the size of your breasts. A breast procedure with plastic surgeon Dr. Padgett is a chance to have breasts that are comparative to the rest of your body and find clothes that fit better. Women in Oklahoma City have breast reduction for many different reasons, including:
  • Back, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Interference with sports and physical activity
  • Breasts look too large in proportion to the rest of your body
  • Breasts that not symmetrical (one breast is larger than the other)
  • Clothes do not fit properly
  • Bra straps cause bruising and chafing
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
During your consultation, Dr. Padgett will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of breast reduction cosmetic surgery. There are a number of options to consider, including whether or not to perform another breast procedure at the same time.