Breast Reduction Procedure Steps

Breast Reduction Procedure Steps | Las Vegas Plastic Surgery Breast reduction cosmetic surgery procedure can help to create more proportionately sized breasts, and at the same time, alleviate pain and discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders. Women who are considering breast reduction should learn about the steps involved in the procedure, and then make a careful decision about going ahead with the surgery.

During the initial consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the procedure steps to educate the patient and help her make an informed choice. Patients should feel free to ask questions and relieve themselves of any pre-surgery anxiety. Dr. Bryson Richards is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast reduction to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities.

Consultation and Preparation

Prior to the breast reduction plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon will conduct a detailed consultation. The patient will have the opportunity to discuss her personal aesthetic goals from the procedure, and have her medical history evaluate to determine candidacy. The surgeon will also provide the guidelines for pre-operative preparation to help ensure that the surgery goes safe and smooth.

Administering Anesthesia

The first step in the breast reduction surgery will be to place the patient under general anesthesia. In a few cases, local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used. General anesthesia will put the patient to deep sleep during the procedure. A qualified anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist may be present throughout the surgery to monitor the patient’s response. The patient may experience mild side effects of anesthesia for a few hours after the surgery.  

Incision Placement

Breast reduction will involve one of three incision techniques: an anchor incision, a vertical incision or a scarless incision. The anchor incision is a traditional incision made around the areola, vertically down the breast, and then horizontally along the breast crease.

The vertical incision is placed around the areolar border and vertically down the breast for reduced scarring. A scarless incision involves tiny incisions made at the breast crease or at the armpit, and the excess fat is removed through liposuction.

Surgical Reduction

Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the lower portion of the breast. If the patient has largely fat tissue in the breasts, she may just require liposuction to reduce the breast size. This will result in minimal scarring, less breast tissue trauma, and reduced chances of complications.

Nipple Repositioning

In case of breast reduction, the surgeon will reposition the nipples higher up on the breast. The procedure may or may involve removal of the nipple from the breast and then grafting it in the desired place. Women with very large breasts usually require the nipple to be removed for repositioning. The surgeon will let the patient know in advance whether or not nipple sensation may be altered or completely lost as a result.

Closing the Incision

The surgeon will close the incisions using removable or dissolvable sutures. The technique used for sealing the incisions will be discussed prior to the surgery. Dr. Richards is a dedicated and standout cosmetic surgeon who receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas for .

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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