Breast Reduction Surgery: Comparing Incision Techniques By tmccall on December 08, 2014

A woman in a black braDr. Tracy McCall proudly serves the greater Milwaukee area, providing the latest and most advanced facial rejuvenation and body sculpting surgeries. While a number of women do seek breast implants to increase the size of their breasts, a number of women also undergo breast reduction surgery to reduce sagging and improve overall body contour.

There are multiple ways that the breast reduction can be performed. We'd like to go over some of the surgical techniques below.

Traditional Breast Reduction Surgery

During a traditional breast reduction surgery, an anchor-shaped pattern of incisions is used. This means the following three incisions on the woman's breast:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • An incision along the curve where the underside of the breast meets the chest
  • A vertical incision connecting the previous two along the lower portion of the breast

It is through these three incisions that your surgeon is able to adjust underlying structures and tissues, remove excess skin that causes drooping or sagging, and tighten the remaining skin to improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

Vertical Incision Breast Reduction Surgery

Another option for breast reduction surgery is the vertical incision method. During this kind of breast reduction, only two of the three incisions of the previous method are used:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A vertical incision along the lower portion of the breast

Given the shape made, this type of surgical technique is sometimes referred to as the lollipop technique or the keyhole technique.

Generally this form of breast reduction is ideal when the amount of tissue that needs to be removed or revised is not as significant, hence fewer incisions to complete the process.

Periareolar Breast Reduction Surgery

Some breast reductions can be accomplished through just a single incision. During a periareolar breast reduction surgery, all of the adjustments to the size and sagging of a breast are done through a circular incision around the areola.

As you may have gathered from the previous method, this perioareolar surgical technique is most ideal when patients require a limited amount of revision to the size and shape of the breasts.

Combining Breast Reduction Surgery with Implants

Ironically, sometimes the best results during breast reduction surgery also involve the placement of breast implants. This typically is an option to consider when women have breasts that droop or sag a significant amount. Breast implants can be used to improve the roundness and perkiness of the breasts while the removal of excess tissue reduces the amount of sagging.

This type of breast reduction surgery can be carried out using the various kinds of incision methods mentioned above. The proper incision method will be considered along with the size of the breast implants to be used and other factors.

Choosing the Right Type of Surgery Based on Your Needs

Not all women have the same goals when it comes to breast reduction surgery, which is why we always work closely with patients to tailor the surgery to their needs. During your consultation with Dr. McCall, we will be sure to consider all options for aesthetic enhancement that best complement and enhance your figure.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Tracy McCall

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery and other kinds of body contouring procedures that can have a positive impact on your appearance, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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