Breast Reduction

Eliminate pain, gain mobility, and improve proportions.

 

Overview

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction, or Reduction Mammaplasty, is a surgical technique for the removal of excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin. This procedure lifts and reduces breasts to a size that is proportionate to the rest of the body for a more balanced and slimmer silhouette. Annually, Reduction Mammaplasty is the choice of thousands of women who have overly large, pendulous breasts. Such breasts create a top-heavy appearance while impeding movement, interfering with exercise, and causing health issues that can range from chronic back and neck pain, to respiratory problems and deformities of the spine. Beyond that, there’s a self-consciousness associated with disproportionately large and/or elongated breasts that can lead to excessive shyness and social withdrawal.

Benefits

  • Smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts.
  • Breasts that are in proper proportion to the rest of the torso.
  • Slimmer silhouette.
  • Elimination of chronic back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from too-tight bra straps.
  • Increased range of mobility at work and play.
  • Smaller and more proportionate nipple areolas.
  • Correction of breast shape and asymmetry.
  • Improvement in asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • Clothing that looks and fits properly.
  • Disappearance of bra strap indentations and rashes resulting from the friction of too-tight clothing.
  • Appearance of weight loss and improved fitness.
  • Ability to initiate a more active exercise regimen as a result of greater mobility, the elimination of back pain, and increased stamina.
  • Dramatically improved confidence and self esteem.

Breast Reduction Treatment Plan

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis; however, in some cases, the surgeon will require a one-night hospital stay. After being given general anesthesia, the surgery typically takes from 2-5 hours. Around each nipple, the surgeon will make an incision that extends downward on the breast in the shape of a keyhole. Excess fat, glandular, and skin tissue will be removed, and the nipple will be repositioned higher on the breast wall and appropriately reduced in size. Based on need, your surgeon will use drainage tubes and then suture the incisions and wrap the breasts in a special gauze. Post-surgery, you will also need to wear a surgical bra to keep the breasts in place.

 

Recovery from the surgery will take at least one week, and in some cases two weeks, this varies from patient to patient. During this time, your surgeon will monitor your recovery and remove your bandages and stitches when appropriate (usually one week).Post-op, you will have to refrain from heavy lifting and all but the mildest physical activity for at least one month. During recovery, it is normal to feel tired and experience breast pain for which you will be given a prescription for an oral pain reliever.

Within the first few weeks of surgery, the swelling and bruising will begin to subside, although each breast may heal at a different rate causing the breasts to temporarily appear mismatched and the nipples uneven. Please be patient. It will take up to six months for the contour and symmetry to become fully apparent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for Breast Reduction surgery?

Any woman in good health who feels embarrassed and impeded by breasts that are too large or pendulous for her frame. Additionally, women who suffer from back pain, neck pain, deep bra strap grooves and skin chafing as a result of overly large breasts should seriously consider Breast Reduction surgery.

Who is not a good candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Those at a higher risk of complications and compromised results include smokers and patients with multiple medical problems, including diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

Will I be able to breast feed after a Breast Reduction?

If your nipple and areola are removed and repositioned via a skin graft you will not be able to breast feed.

Does this procedure cause scarring?

The visible scars left by your surgeon’s incisions (around the areola, down to the breast crease, and under the breast), will fade during the first year after your surgery.  Nevertheless, they will not completely disappear.

How long will the bruising, swelling and pain last?

After surgery, expect swelling that will resolve within 2-4 weeks. This swelling will make the breasts appear somewhat larger than they will ultimately be when healing and recovery is complete. There will also be some bruising for 1-2 weeks, and any discomfort (typically very tolerable) will subside within 2-4 weeks.

When can I drive and return to work?

You should be able to drive in one week unless you’re taking pain medication that could render driving unsafe. After one week, you should also be able to return to a sedentary office job; however, if your job involves moderate activity, you should wait 10-14 days. Anyone engaged in strenuous labor or heaving lifting will need to wait 2-3 weeks.

Results

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Breast Reduction

Annually, reduction mammoplasty is the choice of thousands of women who have overly large, pendulous breasts. Such breasts create a top-heavy appearance while impeding movement, interfering with exercise, and causing health issues that can range from chronic back and neck pain, to respiratory problems and deformities of the spine. Beyond that, there’s a self-consciousness associated with out-of-proportion breasts that can lead to excessive shyness and social withdrawal.

Results:

Why suffer with this condition when it is easily reversible through breast reduction surgery. First, by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin, the weight and size of the breasts will be reduced to the point that discomfort disappears and full mobility is achieved. Second, any cause for embarrassment will be a thing of the past, as the smaller breasts will be attractively contoured and beautifully proportioned to be in balance with the rest of the torso. It’s also worth noting that, as part of this rebalancing, the nipple will be shifted to a higher position and the pigmented areola will be appropriately reduced in size. Nevertheless, patients suffer absolutely no loss of sensation.

Recovery After a Breast Reduction Surgery:

For any pain following surgery, the doctor will prescribe a medication. Beyond that, the patient will have to wear a surgical bra to hold the breasts in place during healing and recovery. Within the first few weeks of surgery, the swelling and bruising will begin to subside, although each breast may heal at a different rate causing the breasts to temporarily appear mismatched and the nipples uneven. Please be patient. It will take up to six months for the contour and symmetry to become fully apparent, at which time you can look forward to having breasts any woman would envy.

Prices for Breast Reduction:

The all-inclusive cost for all breast reduction procedures includes:

Surgeon’s Fee
Charge for Outpatient Facility
Local or General Anesthesia
Routine Pre-Op Medical Tests
Routine Post-Op Medications (pain relievers, antibiotics)

NOTE: All expenses associated with your cosmetic procedure will be presented in writing for your approval prior to surgery. Affordable financing is available, and because Danik uses an outpatient facility, we are able to pass on to our surgery patients substantial savings.

 

Cosmetic Surgeries are performed by
Hal Michael Bass, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
with over 30 years of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

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