Breast Reduction

Women in the Columbus, Ohio, area come to our practice for breast reduction surgery to relieve the physical strain and personal hardships of having overly large breasts. At Aesthetic Surgery & Spa, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anne Taylor sculpts shapelier breasts that are more proportional to the rest of your body. Women who undergo breast reduction are some of the most satisfied patients Dr. Taylor treats, saying they can once again enjoy physical activities, wear new clothing styles, and feel less self-conscious.

Request a consultation using our online form to discuss breast reduction surgery with Dr. Taylor, a cosmetic breast surgery specialist. Or call our office at (614) 569-2649 to schedule an appointment.

Is Breast Reduction Right for You?

There are several reasons you may be considering breast reduction surgery:

  • You have neck and shoulder pain.
  • You get irritation where bra straps cut into skin.
  • You feel discomfort during exercise and athletic activities.
  • Your breasts attract unwanted attention.
  • You have limited wardrobe choices.

Some women develop extremely large breasts after having children or because of weight gain, but breast reduction is also an excellent solution for teens and young women with overdeveloped breasts. Dr. Taylor's breast reduction patients range from older adolescents to women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and older.

Even though breast reduction is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, your health insurance may cover all or part of the surgery's cost if your physician concludes the size of your breasts is causing physically debilitating symptoms, such as neck pain. Dr. Taylor may recommend combining your breast reduction with a breast lift to provide more youthful, perkier breasts. The procedure can also be part of a mommy makeover if you are finished having children.

A Customized Procedure

Dr. Taylor considers your skin's tone and elasticity, the amount of existing breast tissue, and your aesthetic goals before crafting a surgical plan. Your lifestyle, including the level of physical activity you enjoy, is also a factor when Dr. Taylor decides on the best approach for your breast reduction.

Determining the best incision pattern for your specific procedure is an important choice. There are 3 common incision patterns:

Periareolar: If you need only a small reduction, this incision option may be best for you. Also called the "doughnut" technique, these incisions encircle your areolas, and the size of the areolas themselves can also be reduced. The resulting scar is difficult to detect because it follows the natural border between your breast skin and areola.

Vertical: If you only need a moderate amount of breast tissue removed, a vertical or "lollipop" incision pattern may be best. In this pattern, a vertical incision extending from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease connects to an incision that encircles the areola. Dr. Taylor removes excess tissue and reshapes the breast, but avoids making a horizontal incision at the base of the breast that is typical of traditional breast reduction procedures.

Anchor: Dr. Taylor usually uses this popular incision pattern for women with very oversized breasts. This allows her to remove more excess skin and breast tissue, creating a smooth, lifted appearance. The addition of a horizontal incision along the breast crease creates more support for the breasts, which helps postpone sagging.

Common Breast Reduction Incisions

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Periareolar Incision
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Vertical Incision
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Anchor Incision

Your Surgery

Dr. Taylor performs your breast reduction surgery in a state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgical center with the assistance of a board-certified anesthesiologist to maximize the safety of the operation. The procedure may last to 2 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of your specific needs.

Once Dr. Taylor makes the incisions, she repositions the nipple. In most cases, the nipple remains attached to a small piece of skin and tissue to maintain its original blood supply and nerve connections. She may also reduce the size of the areola, if desired. Excess skin and breast tissue is removed, repositioned, and reshaped to create a lifted result. Once Dr. Taylor completes the same procedure on the second breast and ensures both breasts are symmetrical, she closes the incisions.

Your Recovery

Because breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, you will need someone to drive you home after the operation. Dr. Taylor bandages your breasts after the surgery, and you will need to change the dressings within 2 days of the procedure. She may also insert surgical drains to help prevent fluid from building up and to accelerate the healing process. The drains are typically removed at your first follow-up appointment with Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Taylor covers your incisions with surgical tape. Your sutures are beneath the skin. We provide detailed instructions to help minimize discomfort and limit the duration of the recovery period as much as possible. Prescription pain relief medication helps maintain your comfort during this time.

Specific guidelines for resuming daily activities are provided, as well, but most patients are able to return to work within a week after the surgery.