Breast Reduction Surgery in New Jersey
Women with excessively large, pendulous breasts often suffer from both emotional and physical discomfort due to their prominent breasts. They may feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the look of their large breasts. Some women with large breasts also suffer from neck, shoulder and back pain caused by constantly hunching forward due to the heavy weight of their breasts. Their bra straps may dig into their shoulders, causing painful skin indentations, rashes or welts. In addition, having excessively large breasts often makes performing physical activities, such as running, painful.
Thankfully, Drs. Gary Dr. Breslow and Jordan P. Farkas perform reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction surgery, to alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort that women with large, pendulous breasts often experience. With breast reduction surgery, Dr. Breslow or Dr. Farkas provides smaller, lighter, beautiful breasts that are in proportion to the rest of the patient’s physique.
Breast Reduction Techniques
The specific technique used for breast reduction surgery may vary by patient, depending on how much excess skin and breast glandular tissue must be removed, if the patient has overly enlarged areolas (the darker-pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) that must be reduced and her aesthetic objectives for surgery.
During consultation, Dr. Breslow or Dr. Farkas evaluates the patient’s unique anatomy and listens to her aesthetic concerns before recommending an appropriate treatment option to satisfy the patient’s individual needs. Drs. Breslow and Farkas typically offer the following surgical approaches and corresponding incision patterns for breast reduction:
- An “anchor” incision pattern. This approach to breast reduction surgery involves making three incisions, one placed around the outer circumference of the areola, a vertical incision that extends down the front of the breast and a horizontal incision positioned beneath the natural breast fold. This approach is best for women who need an extensive degree of breast tissue and areola reduction.
- A “lollipop” incision pattern. The vertical breast reduction technique involves the use of a modified incision approach, for less scarring. With this method, the New Jersey breast reduction surgeon uses the periareolar incision that extends around the outer edge of the areola and the vertical incision running down the front of the breast. This approach yields more natural-looking results, but may not be a suitable treatment option for everyone.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast Reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two hours, depending on the complexity of the patient’s surgical needs.
Once Dr. Breslow or Dr. Farkas makes the incision approach that the patient and he decided upon, during consultation, he removes excess skin, fat and glandular tissue from the treatment area. He re-shapes the natural breast mound, as he moves it to a higher, more youthful-looking position on the chest wall. If the patient has overly enlarged areolas, he can reduce their size by excising some of the excess areola skin from the outer borders of them. Once he is satisfied that the breasts are in proper proportion to the patient’s figure, he closes the incisions and dresses the treatment area with soft bandages.
With breast reduction surgery, Dr. Breslow or Dr. Farkas takes care not to remove too much breast tissue. His goal is to help patients alleviate the discomfort caused by excessively large, pendulous breasts, while preserving their unique beauty.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Breslow or Dr. Farkas to learn how you can alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort caused by overly enlarged breasts, contact the Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery by calling (201) 444-9522.