The goal of a breast reduction procedure is to achieve a breast size proportionate with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts, such as:
• Back, neck or shoulder pain
• Breast pain or heaviness
• Posture changes
• Skeletal deformities
• Shoulder “grooving”
• Skin rashes
• Exercise interference
• Breathing problems
• Difficulty finding clothing that fits properly
Your consultation with Tarak H. Patel, M.D.Your breast reduction consultation will serve as the first step toward making the decision to reduce the size of your breasts. During your personal consultation, Dr. Patel will address all of your questions and expectations. He will examine your breasts and discuss the variables that may affect the procedure including your age, the size and shape of your breasts and the condition of your skin. Together, you will discuss the positioning of the nipple and areola; they’ll be moved higher during your breast reduction surgery.
He will explain the risks and limitations and make sure that you understand the scarring that will result. He will also explain the anesthesia that will be used, the facility and the costs associated with the surgery. Some insurance companies will pay for a breast reduction if deemed medically necessary; however, they may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed. Based in Tacoma, WA, Dr. Patel will also review your medical history to ensure that you do not have any existing health conditions that may increase your risk of complications. The ideal candidate will be in good physical and emotional health. It is important that Cascade Plastic Surgery patients have realistic expectations. View Dr. Patel's patient before-and-after photo gallery here:
Understanding your breast reduction surgery
Regardless of incision type Dr. Patel will remove the necessary amount of fat, skin, and glandular breast tissue contouring your breasts to the previously determined size and shape. This results in smaller, lifted breasts that no longer put strain on your neck, shoulders, and back.
Wise Pattern (Anchor):
The wise pattern, or “anchor" technique, is the traditional incision pattern used in breast reductions. An incision is made around the areola, another vertically down the center, and a third underneath in the crease of the breast. This method is often required for larger breasts, and it helps to maintain blood supply to the nipple areolar complex, an important consideration in a successful breast reduction.
In some cases, the vertical reduction or “lollipop” technique might be possible. It is referred to as the "lollipop" incision because the scar resembles the shape of a lollipop. The incisions are made around the areola and in a fine vertical line from the areola to the breast crease. No incision is made in the crease of the breast. Dr. Patel will advise if you’re a good candidate for this type of breast reduction.