Before the patient enters the operating room, our surgeon will draw surgical marks to outline where the incisions will be during the procedure. They form an anchor surrounding the areola and it extends to the new location of the nipple. In addition, they go vertically below the nipple and horizontally following the natural curve of the crease beneath your breast.
Our surgery can take two different directions:
- In most cases, the nipples are moved higher up on the breast, but remain attached to the nerves and blood vessels.
- In some instances, where the breasts are particularly heavy, the nipples may need to be grafted to a new location. In such cases, the nipples are separated from the underlying tissues and you will lose sensation in the nipple and areola.
After surgery, the flaps of skin are re-attached around and beneath the breast, then pulled to the front of the breast and sutured in place around the nipple. The reduction of breast tissue reduces the weight of the breast and the restructuring of the skin reshapes it.
When the procedure is finished, there are stitches around the areola and nipple area, in a vertical line extending from the nipple, and horizontally under the breast. In some cases, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size when only fat needs to be removed, leaving minimal scars.