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Overly large breasts can cause physical discomfort as well as feelings of self-consciousness. With a breast reduction, Dr. Weider can help you achieve smaller, more proportionate breasts.
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What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction involves surgically removing tissue from the breasts to achieve a smaller, more proportionate size. In most cases, this also involves the use of a breast lift or liposuction techniques for optimal results. During a consultation with Dr. Weider, you will learn about every aspect of the breast reduction procedure and how those factors may affect the procedure, including:
- Breast size, shape and skin quality
- Quality, consistency, and quantity of breast tissue and glandular fat
- Location and shape of the nipples
- Role of age in breast reduction surgery
- Facility choices such as our fully accredited surgical facility or an affiliated hospital
- Guidelines to follow to reduce the risk of complications
- Costs for surgery, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees
- Insurance reimbursement eligibility
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Who can Benefit from Breast Reduction?
Those who are unhappy with overly large breasts can benefit from a reduction procedure. If you are self-conscious about your breast size or experience physical discomfort such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, you might consider a breast reduction. Overly large breasts can be due to genetic factors, or weight changes. The physical and cosmetic benefits of breast reduction surgery are unique for every individual. The pros and cons of surgery are evaluated individually as well. After breast reduction surgery, women experience the following benefits:
- Reduction in breast size to provide contour enhancement and greater comfort
- Refined nipple shape and size to fit newly contoured breasts
- Relief from back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, breathing difficulty and other medical conditions associated with oversized breasts
- Better fitting bras to resolve shoulder strain and bra strap grooving
Breast Reduction Surgery
Dr. Weider may perform breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, to remove glandular fat, breast tissue, and/or skin. The results of the procedure will create smaller, contoured breasts that are in better proportion with the body. Breast reduction surgery requires three to four hours of time. During surgery, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to blood vessels and nerves in order to preserve sensation.
Dr. Weider performs both the traditional form of breast reduction surgery and vertical mammoplasty through carefully selected incisions, as follows:
The inverted T anchor incision circles the areola, and continues down the center of the breast and across the breast crease. Vertical mammoplasty omits the incision along the breast crease to provide better shape and longer-term results for those who qualify.
There may be variations in the length of incisions among patients. Dr. Weider will create the smallest incisions possible to achieve the shortest scars. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed in locations that allow you to wear any type of clothing. Women usually do not mind the scars when compared to the benefits. After the procedure, you may be wrapped in surgical dressings and/or placed in a surgical bra.
Aftercare for Breast Reduction
Following surgery, you will either be wrapped in an elastic bandage or placed in a surgical bra over gauze dressings. The elastic bandage and dressings will be removed in a couple of days. A small tube may be placed in each breast to collect blood and fluids for the first two days following surgery. You may experience some pain in the first couple of days following breast reduction surgery. Discomfort may last for a week or more. Dr. Weider will prescribe medication to decrease pain and discomfort. You will need to continue wearing the surgical bra for several weeks until the swelling and bruising subside. You may experience other types of discomfort in the weeks following surgery including:
- Dry breast skin for which you may apply moisturizer
- Breast pain and swelling during the first menstrual period following surgery
- Sensation loss that usually subsides within several weeks
As with any surgery, there is a risk that a complication may develop following the procedure, including excessive bleeding, infection, anesthesia reaction, impaired breastfeeding, slightly asymmetric breasts, sensation loss, or poor scarring. Dr. Weider will provide a list of guidelines to follow in order to reduce the risk of complications. These instructions will include guidelines for exercise and medications in the weeks before and after surgery. Complications can usually be managed, but it is important to follow pre and post-operative instructions to reduce the risk of complication.
Within six months or so, your breasts will settle into their new shape. Over time, breast shape and size may change, depending upon aging, weight changes, hormonal shifts, and pregnancy. Scars may be quite visible in the first year, fade in time and may eventually appear as fine white lines. The extent of scarring varies among patients. The benefits associated with your new smaller, lifted breasts will be evident soon after surgery. Dr. Weider finds his breast reduction patients to be some of the most satisfied for many years to come.
Contact Weider Plastic Surgery Today
Dr. Weider is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has a wealth of experience performing breast reduction surgery. During your consultation, he will answer all of your questions and formulate an individualized plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. At Weider Plastic Surgery we are dedicated to ensuring that every patient’s visit to our office is a comfortable, educational and pleasurable one.