What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a procedure used to help remove any excess tissue, fat, and skin from female breasts.
Women with over-sized breasts may experience the following issues:
- 1Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- 2Poor posture
- 3Skin rash under breasts
- 4Self-esteem problems
- 5Difficulty fitting into certain bras and clothing
Benefits of Breast Reduction
A woman may choose to have a breast reduction procedure performed for several reasons. Some benefits of the procedure include the following:
- 1Increases comfort
- 2Reduces the set limitations someone with large breasts may have
- 3Changes the appearance
- 4Makes the breasts firmer
- 5Reduces the weight of the breasts
How is Breast Reduction Performed?
The surgical procedure starts by making an incision in the breast tissue. The excess tissue is then removed, and the breast will be sutured.The surgeon will use a pen to mark areas of the skin where incisions will be placed. Most breast reduction surgery begins with the nipple, which is moved to its new position, usually while still attached to the blood supply. If you have extremely large breasts, the nipples may be removed and re-positioned as a skin graft.
Surgery takes between one-and-a-half and three hours. You are usually required to stay in the hospital for one or two nights. The aim of surgery is to create a natural shape and retain as much function and sensation in the nipples as possible.
Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Procedure
When it comes time to have your surgery, it is important to follow all pre-surgery instructions given to you. Your plastic surgeon may require that you follow a specific diet plan or that you cut back on your medications. You will need to stop smoking prior to the surgery, and labs may be ordered before the procedure takes place.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Gauze is usually placed over the incisions, and the breast and chest are wrapped to promote healing.Stitches are generally removed within a week or two of the surgery being completed. There may be some discomfort after the surgery is completed, and it is important to follow aftercare directions given to you by your plastic surgeon.Although uncommon, if you experience severe pain or an infection forms, you need to seek medical help. It is common for breast reduction surgery to leave a scar.
With your permission, the surgeon may also photograph your breasts for confidential before and after images for your records.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Procedure Cost?
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies for every patient. We are happy to discuss your specific needs and possible financing during your initial consultation.
Is Breast Reduction Right for Me?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you have large breasts which cause you problems. Many women who have large breasts complain of physical pain such as neck pain, back pain, and more. If you are experiencing physical symptoms from having large breasts, you are a good candidate.
Why Choose Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons?
Our physicians understand that all patients are unique, and no single procedure fits all patients. With the combination of aesthetic and surgical skills, we have the ability to meet the unique needs of our patients.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Before you undergo breast reduction surgery, you will have a consultation with your plastic surgeon.
At this consultation, you will discuss your medical history and the procedure as well as go over the risks and expectations. In addition, your plastic surgeon may take pre-surgery measurements and discuss recovery times with you.
A number of people are discovering the benefits of a breast reduction procedure to boost their confidence and self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!