There are five procedures that Elizabeth Harris commonly uses to rectify the problems caused by oversized breasts. However, there are also many variations within each technique. The essential facts regarding each technique are given below.
Inferior Pedicle Technique
The inferior pedicle is a section of the breast, which contains a blood vessel supply that reaches the nipple or areola. Reduction is performed via this area by making an incision along the border of the areola. Through this aperture, a surgeon can excise quantities of tissue and also move it around. Movement of the tissue allows a doctor to do more than simply lessen the weight of the breast. This technique also makes it possible to readjust the tissue so that the breast remains more elevated than it was previous to the surgery. Low hanging breasts are a common side effect of excess tissue surrounding the mammary glands.
Vertical Scar Technique
Maintaining the functionality of the nipple-areolar complex is one of the goals of the vertical scar technique. This technique typically results in short incision scars and a projected bust. This formation assists in keeping the breast ready for lactation and breast-feeding. However, this technique typically removes small quantities of internal tissues. The incision is known as the lollipop incision because it encircles the nipple and extends vertically beneath it.
This is the preferred incision type of Dr. Elizabeth Harris. She finds that results are much more pleasing to patients with fewer complications.
Horizontal Scar Technique
Surgeons make incisions along the inframammary fold as well as around the areola when they rely on the horizontal scar technique. This procedure works best for women whose breasts are too large for the vertical scar technique to work properly. Box-shaped breasts are potential drawbacks to this approach to breast reduction. However, it does not leave a vertical scar, which some women might consider unsightly.
Free Nipple-Graft Technique
This technique allows surgeons to remove very large amounts of tissue and create a dramatic reduction in breast size. Some patients will avoid this approach because it leaves the nipple without any functionality and because it affects the sensitivity of the area. This is a strongly recommended technique for certain women: those at risk of ischemia, those who smoke tobacco, those who are diabetic, and others who have macromastia to such an extent that massive amounts of repositioning are deemed necessary.
This is a mild intervention used for women who only need a medium quantity of tissue removed. It is also used for women who have some medical reason for avoiding general and extended anesthesia. It leaves less scarring than other techniques.
Potential breast reduction patients should consult with their physician about these breast reduction techniques. A patient has a right to input in the decision regarding surgical approaches to breast reduction. Issues both cosmetic and health-related are crucial factors for doctors and patients to consider.