What does a breast reduction actually do?
A breast reduction is a an operation done in my Houston office surgical suite for reduction in size and to improve other symptoms and problems. A breast reduction doesn’t just simply reduce the breast size. It also reshapes the breast and reduces the areola size.
A breast lift and breast reduction are the same operation, the only difference is that in a breast reduction, more tissue and skin are removed.
There are many types of breast reductions, each with its own scar pattern. The most common type is called the Wise-pattern, which is the familiar anchor shaped pattern of scars. This is a very reliable method and gives consistent results, and therefore, it is the type of reduction I typically do.
After the reduction is done, my objective is to have a somewhat flat appearance to the lower half of the breast, as can be seen in the 6 week postop photo here. The reason for this is that the skin and tissues are elastic, and over the first 8-12 months, there will be stretching. If the flat appearance was not present at 6 weeks, then when the tissues had relaxed and stretched, after a number of months, the bottom of the breasts would be too full.
I perform the operation under general anesthesia, known as total intravenous anesthesia, which increases the safety of the surgery. I also use nerve blocks at the time of surgery and this provides significant pain control, so that most patients have very little discomfort afterwards
- 27 Aug 2019
Dr. Wiener and his staff are amazing!! I had breast reduction surgery on July 8, 2019 with little to no pain. I couldn’t ask for more perfect results!! Everything went great from my consultation through my recovery. I highly recommend his services.