SHORT SCAR BREAST REDUCTION
The short scar breast reduction technique is also termed “vertical” breast reduction or “lollipop” breast reduction. The term “lollipop” is used because the resulting scar is in the shape of a lollipop. This short scar breast reduction was popularized in Europe and quickly spread to the United States due to its advantages. This technique avoids the incision that goes across the inferior breast crease and is a great option for those who have moderate-sized breasts.
The advantage of this technique, other than the shorter incision, is that the breast is reduced and reconfigured in a conical shape, then it is sewn so that the shape of the breast is maintained by its new construction and not the skin envelope. Therefore, the breast shape is better maintained long term with less bottoming out.
The disadvantage of this technique is that more skin tension is created in the shorter scar, and skin breakdown is possible, which can prolong healing. Alternative short scar breast reduction procedures are performed like the medial pedicle technique, but the short scar breast reduction is the most popular.
Patients considering a breast reduction in San Francisco first need to have a personal consultation with Dr. Delgado. This can be scheduled at either our Marin County or San Francisco office. During the consultation, Dr. Delgado will want to know how having large breasts harms the patient’s life and her concerns about her appearance. During the consultation, Dr. Delgado will also conduct a routine breast exam.
The following issues will be discussed:
- Explanation of the different types of reduction:
- Short scar (or lollipop) reduction
- Inverted T (or anchor) reduction
- Liposuction breast reduction
- Breast reduction with implants
- Free nipple graft breast reduction
- Revised nipple-areolar position
- Incision locations
- The patient’s desired new size
Patients will also receive a booklet that supplies detailed information on guidelines for before and after surgery, including instructions on medications.
Anti-inflammatory products, including aspirin, must be discontinued for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery as they interfere with the blood’s ability to clot.
The instruction booklet will contain a complete list of medications that the patient must avoid, but any medications that the patient takes should be brought to Dr. Delgado’s attention. Tylenol (or acetaminophen) is safe to take, but the patient must not take more than one gram over four hours or four grams per day, as this may cause liver damage.
Homeopathic preparations and a list of vitamins will be included in the booklet, which the patient can use to promote healing and limit bruising—both before and after surgery.
BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY
After breast reduction surgery in Marin County, the patient will be kept in the recovery room for a few hours. She will be allowed to go home with the help of a family member or friend once she is fully awake. Dr. Delgado may determine that a patient should be kept overnight to keep her comfortable in the early postoperative period. Keeping the head and back elevated while sleeping is vital to control swelling.
In three to five days, the dressings will be replaced, and if drains are used, they will be removed. Approximately 24 hours after the drains have been removed, the tiny incisions will close, making them waterproof—and then it is safe for the patient to shower. Until the drains are removed, the patient may only take sponge baths, as the incision sites are vulnerable to infection and therefore must be kept dry. The surgery booklet has detailed instructions for wound care.
Generally, the sutures will be removed in 10 days. Suture and drain removal can be scheduled at either Dr. Delgado’s Marin or San Francisco office.
For the first couple of days after surgery, the pain should not be too severe, but the breasts will be uncomfortable. Therefore, pain medication is prescribed to keep the patient more comfortable and aid in sleeping. Except for women with a low pain threshold, most can discontinue the pain medication by the third day.
After the first week, most of the swelling and bruising will be resolved, but women should allow themselves two full weeks for recovery. Patients will be able to return to normal activities after the bruising and tenderness have resolved. Driving a car, returning to work, and resuming social activities is generally possible after the first week. However, patients need to wait about six weeks after surgery before attempting strenuous exercise, or swelling may recur. Typically, patients should also wait a week after surgery before resuming sexual activity, as it could cause swelling and discomfort.
As a center of fine arts and academics, San Francisco contains many different recognizable locations dedicated to history and art. Originally constructed in 1915 and reconstructed in 1964, the Palace of Fine Arts is the only remaining original structure from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco after the turn of the century. Located only three miles from the office of Dr. Miguel Delgado and 24 miles from Dr. Delgado’s Novato practice in Marin County, it features an open rotunda, colonnades, and lagoons.
Can breast grow back after reduction?Does breast size affect weight?Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?Does insurance pay for breast reduction?Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?Does weight gain increase breast size?Do you lose weight after breast reduction?Has anyone had a second breast reduction?How can I reduce my cup size?How do you know when you need a breast reduction?How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?How is the recovery from breast reduction?How do breast reductions work?How long do stitches stay in after breast reduction?How do I know if I need a breast reduction?How long does it take breast reduction to heal?How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?How much is 500 grams breast reduction?How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?How painful is a breast reduction?How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?Is it OK to wear a sports bra after breast reduction?How much do breast reductions cost?Is it worth getting a breast reduction?What causes breast reduction?Why do breasts grow back after a reduction?What happens after breast reduction?Why do my breasts hurt and feel heavy?When can I sleep without a bra after breast reduction?When can I wear a normal bra after breast reduction?