What is Breast Reduction?
Many women develop large breasts that are out of proportion to their body size after puberty or pregnancy. This may come with symptoms that include neck and back pain, rash, painful bra strap marks, difficulty fitting into clothes, tingling in the hands, and, in younger girls, difficulty adjusting socially. With a breast reduction in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan can reduce the breasts to a more normal size to relieve these symptoms.
Our surgeons at Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan use a short scar technique (the SPAIR technique), developed by Dr. Hammond, that reduces the amount of scarring and greatly improves the aesthetics of the breasts. Insurance typically covers this procedure. Other breast enhancement procedures performed at Plastic Surgery Partners of West Michigan include breast augmentation and breast lift, a procedure often combined with reduction for improved shape and size.
Our plastic surgeons understand that every case is different and strive to give you exceptional personal care. We have extensive experience with this procedure, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility. To learn more about breast reduction, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.
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Breast Reduction Procedure
At our practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, breast reduction is one of the most common procedures performed on the breast. Breast reduction may improve functional problems of excess breast size by:
- Reducing the excess size and weight of the breast.
- Removing excess breast tissue from within the breast.
- Tailoring the lower skin envelope of the breast to reposition the breast mound upward to a more normal position
- Repositioning the nipple-areola complex upward onto the newly shaped and positioned breast mound.
Most of our patients experience improvement in their symptoms soon after breast reduction surgery in Michigan. They’re able to wear many types of clothing for the first time and they can participate in many activities that they were unable or unwilling to before.
The SPAIR Technique
For years, breast reduction procedures resulted in a long scar which ran along the underside of the breast from the lateral chest wall over to the mid-portion of the sternum. There was an additional scar which ran up the center of the breast and around the nipple and areola. This technique successfully reduced the size of the breast, but it was often associated with unsightly scarring in the inner and outer portions of the breast. Also, the shape created at the time of surgery was often lost as the breast settled and created what is referred to as a “bottomed out” appearance.
For this reason, Dr. Hammond developed a new operation for breast reduction called the SPAIR technique. His procedure takes advantage of rounded contours of the breast and reduces breast volume while maintaining the beautiful, natural, soft curves of the breast.
With the SPAIR technique, tissue is removed from around the nipple and the areola in a semi-circular fashion and the breast is reshaped in a manner which maintains the natural, soft curves running from the outer portion of the breast over to the inner chest wall. At the same time, the breast maintains appropriate and pleasing projection.
Advantages of the SPAIR Technique
- Surgery requires one simple scar that passes around the nipple and areola and then straight down to the inframammary fold, eliminating the wide scar that previously ran along the underside of the breast
- The breast maintains its shape over time
- There is less scarring than with other methods
- Patients experience a faster recovery with fewer complications
A breast reduction may significantly help a range of issues related to having large breasts. Our experienced surgeons can help you to look and feel your best.