Although large breasts are typically considered desirable, they can become problematic for some women. Supporting the extra weight can cause physical issues such as chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Because of this, some women opt for breast reduction surgery. One of the questions they frequently ask about the procedure is – Where are the incisions for breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure that is done to reduce the size of the breasts. It also lifts the breasts and makes them look more youthful.
Where Are the Incisions for Breast Reduction?
The location of the incisions for breast reduction will depend on the specific technique being used to perform the operation. The Vertical Technique and the Inverted T Technique are the main options used to perform breast reduction.
The Inverted T technique is the older approach to breast reduction, and involves 3 incisions. Incisions are made around the areola (dark pigment around the nipple), down the breast, and along the inframammary crease (where the breast intersects with the chest).
The Vertical technique is the newer approach and involves two incisions. One incision is made around the areola and the other extends vertically. Scarring is therefore less with the vertical technique.
Is breast reduction right for you
If you have a very small frame but extremely large breasts that are affecting your ability to enjoy an active lifestyle, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction.
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