Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess fat tissue and skin.
This procedure can alleviate the physical strain on the back, neck and shoulders that could be caused by excessively large breasts.
Breast reduction can also help a woman feel less self-conscious about her figure and attain a more youthful-looking bust line. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides breast reduction to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding communities and neighborhoods in this region of The Prairie State.
Different surgical techniques for breast reduction can be used to achieve the desired results. These include:
- Traditional breast reduction surgery
- Vertical incision breast reduction
- “Scarless” breast reduction
The breast tissue in each of these techniques is accessed through a different incision site, and therefore leaves a different type of scar. The surgeon will recommend the most appropriate technique based on a patient’s body type, general health condition, and what she hopes to achieve through this plastic surgery.
Anchor Pattern Technique
The traditional anchor pattern technique is the most common type of breast reduction surgery technique used by surgeons. It has several advantages for women who want substantial reduction of breast tissue. However, it is also the most invasive technique to reduce the size of the breasts.
In this traditional breast reduction technique, the surgeon will create an incision horizontally below the breast crease and extend it vertically up to and around the areola, creating an anchor pattern.
While this method involves a major incision, a skillful surgeon can ensure that the resulting scars remain discreetly hidden even while the patient is wearing a bathing suit or a low cut top.
Vertical Incision Technique
The vertical incision technique, also known as “short scar” breast reduction surgery, aims to create shapelier breasts with less scarring than traditional breast reduction. Vertical incision technique is becoming a popular alternative to the traditional surgical approach because it reduces tissue trauma and cuts down the risk and post-operative downtime.
Vertical incision technique will create relatively less scarring and result in a more natural breast shape. The procedure often takes lesser time to perform than a traditional breast reduction surgery.
The incision in this case extends around the areola and goes vertically down to the breast crease, making what is known as a “lollipop” pattern. Vertical incision breast reduction eliminates the need for a horizontal incision along the breast crease, which is used in the traditional surgery. This helps to reduce scarring. Whatever scarring occurs can be easily hidden by swimming suits and even low cut tops.
Scarless breast reduction technique involves liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue from the breasts in order to create more proportionate breasts. Following the liposuction procedure, the remaining skin will shrink naturally over time to fit the new, reduced breast volume.
When the breasts have excessive fatty tissue instead of glandular tissue, the scarless breast reduction with liposuction can create salient results. Committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and nearby areas for breast reduction.