Types of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a procedure which is completed to decrease breast size or shape for women who have uncomfortable or painful breasts. Breast reduction is also an option for when breasts are two different sizes and need to be repaired. Bilateral breast reduction is the surgical reduction of both breasts, and unilateral breast reduction is the surgical reduction of a single breast. Men may also undergo breast reduction surgery when suffering from Gynecomastia.

There are numerous different types of breast reduction surgeries to choose from, each unique in its own way. These include the Pedicle Method, Free Nipple Graft, Anchor Incision Pattern, LeJour Incision Pattern, and Stevens Laser Bra.

Pedicle Method

This is the most common type of breast reduction surgery, and reducing breast appearance, contour and volume while maintaining function and sensation of the nipples and breast. Different pedicle methods have different incision patterns and scar patterns, so it is important to discuss your options with a surgeon before you choose the method that best suits your needs for this particular type of surgery.

Free Nipple Graft

This type of breast reduction surgery involves removing the nipple and then returning it to its new location through a skin graft. There is no pedicle here because there is no blood supply from the breast, and the blood supply to the free nipple graft is drawn from the deep dermis just like with other skin grafts. FNG surgeries are more challenging and not normally necessary in most cases, but they are an option that can be considered for breast reduction.

Anchor Incision Pattern

This is the most common incision pattern for pedicle breast reduction, and is associated with a circular incision made around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the front of the breast and chest wall, and then horizontally across the underside fold of the breast, forming the shape of an anchor.

LeJour Incision Pattern

This is another pedicle breast reduction incision, and is a fairly new technique that is gaining significantly in popularity. This incision involves cutting a circular shape around the areola, then cutting vertically down the front of the breast to the chest wall, but not horizontally under the fold of the breast like in the anchor method.

Stevens Laser Bra

A technique was recently created to use an internal bra as a means of producing a permanent support system for the breast rather than simply discarding skin during laser surgery. The incision patterns used here are similar to the Anchor style method, and the laser bra is attached to the chest wall internally in a way that the body will not reject.

For more information, or to find out if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, you can request a free consultation with a Plastic Surgeon near you today.

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Dr. Randal Haworth

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