Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia to prioritize your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Gigena will make an incision around the areola and use either the lollipop incision (tracing down to the bottom crease of the breast) or the anchor incision (tracing down to the bottom and then along the crease of the breast), depending on the extent of reduction.
For more extensive breast mass reduction, Dr. Gigena may include liposuction. Once the desired size has been achieved, the excess skin is removed, the areolae are repositioned and resized, if necessary, and the breast is lifted to an attractive and symmetrical position, creating harmony and balance in the breast area. Of course, the extent of each surgery varies depending on each patient’s body and aesthetic goals.
Dr. Gigena will give you a detailed recovery plan to ensure a complete and easy healing process. You will receive a compression garment or light surgical bra to wear during the first four to six weeks of healing. This is necessary to support your newly shaped breasts. Drainage tubes may be required to empty fluid and reduce swelling in a more extensive procedure.
A minimal amount of walking will improve circulation and decrease the possibility of blood clots forming. Most patients can return to work – depending on their occupation – and light activities after one or two weeks. Because the area will be swollen and tender, you must avoid strenuous lifting or exercise while you recuperate. You can resume full participation in daily activities after six weeks.