This patient came into our offices seeking a breast reduction procedure in order to reduce the size and weight of her large and heavy DD-cup breasts, which were causing her a significant amount of back and neck pain and discomfort. She also wanted to correct the sagging appearance of her breasts as well as the downward location of the nipples, as you can see from her “Before” pictures.
After going over with her the risks and potential complications associated with breast reduction procedures as well as surgical procedures in general, we discussed the steps and techniques involved in breast reduction procedures that would reduce the size and weight of her breasts to her desired size. In order to correct the sagging appearance of her breasts and the location of her nipples, it was decided that a breast lift was also necessary to give her the results that she wanted.
During the procedure, anchor-shaped incisions were used to perform the breast reduction and the breast lift. Anchor-shaped incisions are incisions that go around the areola, but leave the nipple attached to the breast, and cut straight down in a linear line to cut along the curved, creased line underneath the breast.
This type of incision lets the cosmetic surgeon easily remove the volume of breast tissue necessary to have a successful breast reduction. It also allows for the cosmetic surgeon to have a high degree of precision of excess breast skin removal during breast lift procedures.
Approximately 600 grams of breast tissue and skin were removed from each breast, with the removal of excess breast skin creating a lifted and tightened appearance of the breasts, as shown in the patient’s “After” pictures.
The patient has reported that, after her breast reduction and lift, her breasts are now uplifted and do not cause back and neck pains anymore. She has said that she has noticed that her post-op full C-cup breasts have an improved shape, with improved nipple-positioning.
This African-American female patient desired a breast reduction procedure to reduce the size and weight of her DDD-cup breasts, which were causing her a significant amount of back and neck pain. Although her main concern was the reduction of breast weight and size, she also wanted to make her visibly-sagging breasts, as seen in her “Before” pictures, more “perky” as well as reposition her nipples to a more aesthetically-pleasing location.
We discussed the various surgical risks and complications that she would be undertaking by undergoing a breast reduction procedure. We then discussed what happens during a breast reduction procedure and the techniques that are used. During the pre-op consultation, it was decided that in addition to her breast reduction, a breast lift would be the best way to correct the sagging and nipple positioning of her breasts.
In order to remove the amount of breast tissue that would be necessary to alleviate the patient’s back and neck pain, anchor-shaped incisions were used. Anchor-shaped incisions are incisions that start as a circular incision around the areola, all while leaving the nipple intact and still attached to the breast, and cut straight down to the bottom of the breast to make a curved cut along the crease at the underside of the breast.
These types of incisions are highly useful when it comes to breast reductions, since they allow the cosmetic surgeon to remove the volume of breast tissue that is needed to bring about the breast size that the patient desires, as well as breast lifts, because they give the surgeon a high degree of control when cutting away the necessary amount of excess breast skin to create a tightened and lifted appearance to the patient’s breasts.
After a quick, full recovery, the patient reported that her breasts were a very pleasing full C-cup/small D-cup and had a tremendous improvement with her back and neck pains. She has said that she is extremely satisfied with the outcome of her breast lift, the results of which can be seen from her “After” pictures, as they have given her breasts the “perky” look that she desired as well as improved nipple positioning.