What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

What is Breast Reduction Surgery? | Laughlin Plastic Surgery | VegasBreast reduction, clinically called reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce the size and volume of excessively large breasts to make them more proportionate to the rest of the body.

Although many women choose breast reduction for cosmetic enhancement, but it may also be a medically necessary surgery for some women who experience persistent pain and skin rashes or irritation due to oversized breasts.


Problems with Oversized Breasts

Overly large breasts will not just compromise the body’s balance and proportion, but also cause difficulties in the execution of some types of physical movements, sports activities, and simple acts involving bending. A lot of women with this problem are reluctant to wear tighter clothes of their choice, and feel embarrassed about their body in social settings.

Excessively large breasts may also create medical issues such as frequent pain and discomfort in the back, shoulders and neck. Rashes or skin infection may occur in the breast fold or crease. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides breast reduction and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities.



Breast reduction plastic surgery procedure may be recommended to healthy woman who is bothered by the appearance of very heavy and pendulous breasts. Some of the candidates may not have a cosmetic concern, but may be suffering from physical discomfort or movement limitations, or may feel self-conscious in their social life due to their overly large breasts.

A magnificent candidate will be a non-smoker or committed to refrain for smoking for a certain period prescribed by the surgeon. She should have a positive mindset, clear aesthetic priorities, and realistic expectations. She should also be dedicated to maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle after the surgery.



After placing the patient under anesthesia, the cosmetic surgeon will begin the breast reduction procedure by making an incision in an inconspicuous location as per the pre-determined surgical plan. The incision may be placed around the areola or created in a keyhole pattern. Vertical or anchor shaped incisions may be used depending on the extent of fat tissue to be removed.

The surgeon will then remove the excess breast fat tissue through the incision and excise the loose skin. Underlying weak breast muscles may be tightened in a few cases. Resizing of the areolas and repositioning of nipples may also be performed. The surgeon will suture the breast tissue deep inside to support the new breast shape.

Following the breast reduction, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with removable or dissolvable sutures. Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas for breast reduction and other surgical and non-surgical procedures.



Within a week to 10 days after the breast reduction surgery, most patients will be in a position to return to their regular daily activities or go back to work. Bruising in the incision areas will subside from the second week, but swelling will dissipate gradually over a period of several weeks or months.

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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