Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction Basics

Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure performed for patients who wish to reduce the size and weight of large, heavy breasts. This procedure not only does helps to remove excess breast tissue and sagging stretched skin, but also improves breast symmetry, eliminates sagging, provides an enhanced, aesthetically-pleasing contour that is proportional to your body, and aids in eliminating the painful effects of having large breasts (ex. Back pain).

Breast Reduction Benefits

Is a Breast Reduction Right for Me?

Do you experience back, neck, or shoulder pain from large, heavy breasts? Do you feel your breasts are too large for the proportions of your body? Do you experience discomfort when working out or during activity due to your breast size? If so, a breast reduction might be a good fit for you. During your consultation with Dr. Stiller, be sure to discuss your concerns and he will be able to guide you in the right direction for your specific body goals.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

There exist a few different procedure techniques for breast reduction surgery. The most minimally invasive technique utilizes liposuction alone. This is best for patients who desire a small reduction in breast size and who have good skin elasticity with no sagging to correct. More common techniques for patients wishing to achieve a more dramatic reduction in breast size with corrections to asymmetry and/or sagging are the “lollipop” and “anchor” breast reductions. The lollipop breast reduction involves 2 incisions – one around the areola and one that runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. For maximum tissue removal and reshaping, an anchor breast reduction is performed. This is achieved by 3 incisions – one around the areola, one vertical incision down to the breast crease, and one along the breast crease itself. Depending on your concerns and goals for your procedure, Dr. Stiller will help you decide which type of procedure is best for you.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Your breast reduction surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. After a few hours in the office post-surgery, you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You can expect to feel considerable soreness during the first few days after your procedure, and Dr. Stiller will help develop a pain management regimen for you to feel comfortable during the healing phase. The length of recovery time will depend largely on your own body’s natural healing rate as well as the extent of your surgery. Most patients feel ready to return to work within a week after their surgery, depending upon your job type, but it is a good idea to wait a minimum of 3-4 weeks before resuming exercise other than walking.

 

Many patients who’ve undergone a breast reduction procedure notice immediate relief from back and shoulder pain, but final results will take time. Soreness, tingling, and swelling are very common after this procedure so you may find your new smaller breasts appear larger than you had expected. This is due to swelling from the procedure and will go down as time goes on. Recovery typically takes about 2-3 months for final results to be apparent and for the swelling to go down.

Results

After your breast reduction surgery, you can expect to enjoy your results for the rest of your life, as long as you maintain a stable weight and don’t undergo pregnancy. Breast sagging is a natural process that occurs as we age, but the degree of sagging you experience won’t be as drastic as it would have been if you hadn’t undergone breast reduction surgery. It is important to discuss your options with Dr. Stiller if you plan on having children in the future, as pregnancy can affect the shape, size, and appearance of your breasts. Depending on your situation and body goals, it may be advantageous to wait until after having children to undergo breast reduction surgery.

 

Breast reduction surgery can be one of the most rewarding cosmetic procedures for a patient, as it alleviates both the physical and emotional discomfort that comes with having larger breasts. Not only will you love your new physique and experience less neck, back, and shoulder pain, you’ll also be able to enjoy the freedom to wear the clothes you want to wear and do the activities you’d previously avoided, giving you a boost of self-confidence in your new body.