LOLLIPOP BREAST REDUCTION – THE NEW REDUCED SCAR BREAST REDUCTION Written by Dr Nerina Wilkinson – Plastic Surgeon
SMALLER BREASTS CAN BE LIFE CHANGING.
In my practice, the most common reason for breast surgery is cosmetic reasons i.e. breast augmentations or breast lifts. However, there is a large proportion of women who receive breast operations for corrective reasons. These patients request a reduction of their breasts to improve associated medical conditions of back and shoulder pain as well as painful breasts.
As much as some of us ladies (who were not given the gift of a bountiful bosom) often wish to have more volume and cleavage, most women with overly large breasts struggle to have a “love” for their breasts due to the challenges of the discomfort associated with this.
For this reason, I am seeing an increasing number of young patients requesting breast reduction surgery, not wanting to wait until they are older to become more comfortable in their bodies. I remember a lovely patient of mine who underwent a breast reduction surgery when she was 75 years old. Her relief after the surgery was life-changing and her message to me was “I wish I had achieved the confidence I have now 50 years ago”.
Cosmetic surgery is not about creating a “different look”, cosmetic surgery is about creating harmony, and breast reduction surgery is one of the cosmetic procedures that truly creates a more harmonic appearance.
WHAT IS THE NEW REDUCED SCAR BREAST REDUCTION?
Many ladies today are considering breast reduction surgery due to advances made in the shortening of the scar. A traditional breast reduction is typically done using a large “anchor”-type incision which goes around the nipple, up and down on the breast, and across the entire bottom of the breast. The scar across the bottom of the breast is most noticeable in clothes – it may be visible in the cleavage area with a low V-neck shirt or gown, or on the sides of the breasts in a bikini. The new reduced short scar breast reduction (i.e. lollipop technique) is more than just a change in the scar. It is a change in the philosophy of how breast reduction is performed. Rather than using the skin to hold up the breast, the breast tissue is completely remodeled, creating an internal bra so that the breast sits in a higher position without the help of the skin. The breast tissue that remains is never disconnected from the nipple, which optimizes the possibility of breastfeeding in the future. Breasts without stretch marks and with good skin elasticity are perfect for lollipop scars.
CAN A LOLLIPOP BREAST SURGERY HAVE AN IMPACT ON A PATIENT’S SELF ESTEEM?
The breast certainly symbolizes femininity and is closely linked to a patient’s self-esteem. As a woman develops, her breasts become a symbol of sexuality and are often seen as an organ of female power. I therefore definitely see a transformation in most of my patients after breast reduction surgery, leaving them more confident in their personal and professional lives.