Overly large breasts are more than a cosmetic concern. Limited physical activity, chronic neck and back pain, and disrupted sleep are some of the reasons women seek breast reduction surgery. Columbia board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Seaberg's advanced training in breast procedures allows him to provide the optimal solution for each patient.
Women seeking breast reduction come from Jefferson City and throughout mid-Missouri to be treated by Dr. Seaberg. If you're considering reducing the size of your breasts, request a consultation online, or call (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.
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Women who undergo breast reduction surgery are typically the most satisfied of all plastic surgery patients. Besides eliminating physical pain, the surgery results in a better proportioned body and enhanced self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery to relieve physical ailments is sometimes covered by health insurance plans.
The most common technique used in breast reduction surgery is to make an incision that circles the areola and extends vertically down the midline of the other breast, much like the lollipop incision for a breast lift. Another incision follows the natural curve along the midpoint under the breast. Your surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin and re-positions the nipple and areola to a higher placement. Areola size is typically reduced in proportion to the reduction in breast size.
Most women with large, heavy breasts experience sagging. Breast reduction surgery also lifts the breasts, along with reducing their volume.
There are various degrees of breast droop, also called ptosis:
- Pseudoptosis: Sometimes the breast's glandular tissue falls below the lower breast's skin fold, but the nipple remains above the fold and pointed slightly up.
- Ptosis Grade 1: When the nipple is at the same level as the skin fold or just slightly below.
- Ptosis Grade 2: If the nipple is between 1 and 3 centimeters below the skin fold.
- Ptosis Grade 3: The nipple is more than 3 centimeters below the skin fold.
The First Step
Your initial consultation is an important meeting. Dr. Seaberg believes that understanding a woman's decision to undergo breast surgery is as important as a physical evaluation. He will typically take between 45 to 90 minutes during the appointment and carefully assess your medical history and physical condition. Together, you and Dr. Seaberg will decide on the best course of action for your breast reduction.