Very large breasts can create a variety of medical problems for women. These medical problems include back, neck, and shoulder pain, shoulder indentations caused by bra straps, and even skeletal deformities and breathing difficulties.
In addition to physical problems, women afflicted with very large breasts often become extremely self-conscious about their appearance and may be shy or withdrawn as a result. This self-consciousness can hamper a woman’s involvement in academics, sports, and social activities. The reluctance to engage in activities can continue well into adulthood and negatively impact a woman’s professional and personal choices.
For women struggling with the size of their breasts, breast reduction surgery can be extremely beneficial. This surgery is designed to reduce the size and weight of overly large breasts in order to relieve the aforementioned symptoms, as well as to restore a sense of confidence in the patient’s overall figure. It is an extremely popular procedure known for its long-lasting effects, and most women who undergo breast reduction from our plastic surgeons are very happy with the results.
- What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
- Breast Reduction Candidates
- Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Breast Reduction Cost
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Reduction mammaplasty, better known as breast reduction surgery, removes fat and glandular tissue from inside the breast. Excess breast skin is then removed and reshaped. As a result, our Dallas breast reduction patients enjoy breasts that are smaller, lighter, and firmer.
The many benefits of breast reduction surgery can include:
- Removal of burdensome excess breast tissue and fat
- Significant relief of back, neck, shoulder pain
- Improved posture and mobility
- Reduced chance of painful rashes developing under the breasts (intertrigo)
- Less trouble shopping for clothing and bras
- Improved self-image
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery will have breasts that are disproportionately large, causing physical and/or emotional distress. Candidates are typically well past pubescence, and many have previously tried to reduce the size of their breasts with diet and exercise with little to no success.
Because breast reduction is a major surgery, those considering this procedure should be in good health. For instance, patients with heart disease or diabetes may be encouraged to consider a different procedure, and smokers will be advised to refrain from smoking before the procedure and while recuperating.
If you suffer from upper body pain or discomfort and suspect your breast size is the cause, contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center.
How Is the Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?
Generally, this surgery is conducted under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. It typically takes around two hours to complete. Depending on the unique shape of your breasts and your desired outcome, incisions can be made in various patterns. For those seeking a more minimal reduction, a periareolar incision can be used, which discreetly encircles the areola. For more mild or moderate levels of excess breast tissue and fat, the “lollipop” incision pattern may be more appropriate. This technique encircles the areola and then extends downwards towards the inframammary fold. For those requiring a more significant reduction in breast skin and tissue, an “anchor” incision can be used. This technique involves three incisions: the first encircles the areola, the second extends vertically down towards the breast crease, and the third extends horizontally along the breast crease. The nipples may also need to be repositioned to flatter the new shape of the breasts, but are typically not removed during the process. Incisions are closed and sutured after the skin, tissue, and fat have been redistributed.
In addition to breast lift surgery, some patients undergo body contouring surgeries such as tummy tuck and liposuction for a comprehensive “makeover” of the figure. We can discuss your cosmetic goals and particular areas of concern at your consultation.
What Is Recovery from Breast Reduction Like?
After the procedure, we usually recommend you avoid strenuous activities for between two and four weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within about a week, although this is largely dependent on the physical demands of the job. Some swelling, redness, or soreness can be expected, but should fade following surgery. In addition, you may be prescribed a special post-surgical bra to wear as you heal.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
The cost of aesthetic breast reduction surgery varies considerably based on the extent of treatment being done, as well as factors such as anesthesia, post-surgery garments, and surgeon’s or facility fees. We offer consultations for each patient, during which we can determine a personalized price quote. Please feel free to explore our financing options, which include partnerships with trusted third-party healthcare lenders.
Contact Us for a Breast Reduction Consultation
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction, please contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center today. Our dedicated breast reduction specialists can send you more information and schedule a confidential consultation.