Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) reduces the size and weight of the breasts and eases discomfort. Large breasts can cause back, shoulder, and neck pain, skin rashes, shoulder grooves, and problems with posture. They can also cause women to feel self-conscious, make it difficult to find properly fitting clothes, and inhibit women’s ability to take part in physical activities.
Breast reduction surgery provides breasts with a more attractive form and shape that are in proportion with the rest of the body. Breasts can also be lifted during the procedure, as well as resized and reshaped to better match one another.
The surgeons at Renaissance Plastic Surgery have performed numerous breast reduction procedures, providing women with physical and emotional relief. While they have many years of experience with this surgery, they have also remained informed about the latest advances in the field of breast surgery.
No two breast reductions are the same. During your consultation, we will listen to how you want to look and customize your procedure to provide results that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. Because this surgery is not solely cosmetic, but also improves health, it is often covered by insurance.
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Are there visible scars after breast reduction?
Most breast reduction surgeries require that the incisions be placed in visible areas. These scars usually fade after a few months, however, and can be covered by a bra or bathing suit.
What happens during breast reduction surgery?
Excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue is removed from the breasts to reshape them and make them smaller and less heavy. The areola is also reduced, if necessary, so that its size matches the smaller breasts. Only in extremely large reductions is it necessary to actually remove and reattach the nipple. If desired, the breasts may also be lifted to a higher position and reshaped to match one another.
What can you expect after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will need assistance to get home after the surgery, and you may require help for a few days.
While the results are immediately evident, your breasts will not settle into their final shape for a few months.
You can expect to be off from work for a period of about 1 to 2 weeks depending on your occupation, and you should avoid exercise for at least 2 weeks.
You will be wrapped in dressings after your surgery, and you may have drains that will collect any post-surgical fluids. You will be given complete instructions for after-care. If you do require drains, they will be removed during a follow-up visit within a few days of your procedure.
You can expect to experience some post-surgery bruises, soreness, and swelling for a few weeks.
The results of breast reduction are permanent, but aging, pregnancy, and weight gain can cause the breasts to sag and change shape over time.
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Is breast reduction right for you?
If you are experiencing inhibited movement, self-consciousness, or pain and discomfort due to heavy breasts that may be out of proportion with the rest of your body, breast reduction surgery is a possible solution.
If you are planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell our doctors. While you should be able to breast feed after breast reduction, your baby may need a formula supplement.
We understand that breast reduction surgery can be a difficult decision that requires sensitivity and discretion from your medical professionals. We are here to answer all of your questions so that you feel completely comfortable with choosing us for your procedure.
Contact us now to discuss breast reduction surgery / reduction mammoplasty.