Breast Reduction Techniques to Personalize Treatment to Each Patient’s Unique Needs
People always say that you can’t have too much of a good thing, but many women with overly large breasts would probably disagree. If the breasts are too dense or heavy, it can make the body look disproportionate. Large breasts can also result in a number of physical concerns, including back, neck, and shoulder pain. To eliminate these problems, many women opt for breast reduction surgery to remove excess breast tissue so that they can achieve a smaller bust line that is more proportionate to the rest of their figure. In order to ensure that patients truly get what they are looking for from surgery, each procedure will be personalized to the specific needs and desires of each patient. Dr. Gregory Mesna discusses the breast reduction techniques that will be considered at his Minneapolis, MN practice in order to ensure that patients are completely satisfied with the results of treatment.
There are several technique options for breast reduction surgery. To determine which option is best for each patient, Dr. Mesna will examine the current state of the breasts (size, shape, size of the areola, lift, etc.) and discuss with patients their goals for the results of surgery. By looking at these factors, Dr. Mesna should be able to determine a technique, or incision pattern, that is most likely to provide patients with results they desire and need. Below are the breast reduction techniques that will be considered:
- Areola incision: The areolar incision is very rarely used for breast reduction surgery. This technique involves just a single incision that circles the areola, the darker area of skin surrounding the nipple. This technique is not typically used because it doesn’t allow for significant changes to be made to the breasts. However, if patients are only looking to remove a minimal amount of breast tissue and change the size of the areola, then this technique may be suitable.
- Lollipop or vertical incision: The lollipop, or vertical, incision requires two incisions. One will encircle the areola, and the other will extend from this incision down the middle of the breast. This technique allows for greater alteration than the areola incision. With this technique, Dr. Mesna can remove breast tissue, manipulate chest muscles, and resize the areola in order to improve the size and shape of the breasts.
- Anchor incision: The anchor incision is the most widely used breast reduction technique. This surgery uses three incisions to provide Dr. Mesna with the ultimate level of control and precision. In addition to the incision around the areola and vertical incision down the center of the breast, this technique uses a third incision that stretches across the base of the breast, right above the crease between the breast and chest wall. By using this technique, Dr. Mesna is able to control the size, shape, and lift of the breasts, in order to give patients the most dramatic surgical results.
Schedule an Appointment
If the size and weight of your breasts have become a physical and emotional burden, it may be time to consider breast reduction surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Mesna at your earliest convenience to learn more about this treatment option.