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 helps to remove excess breast tissue and sagging stretched skin, but also improves breast symmetry and the size and position of the nipple-areolar complex. A breast reduction aids in eliminating the painful effects of having large breasts such as back pain, neck pain, rashes in the breast folds and even headaches caused by the constant weight of the breasts. With the reduction and reshaping of the breast tissue, patients feel great relief and improved confidence.
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 he will be sure to discuss your concerns and goals, helping you to achieve your specific body goals.
A breast reduction first involves liposuction of the armpits, also known as the chicken nuggets, as well as the lateral aspect of the breasts. This will help better proportion the chest to your new breast size. The procedure continues with removing excess glandular tissue reducing the breasts down to the desired size. While incisions may vary, the most common incision used is an anchor pattern. This includes an incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision across the breast crease. In some cases, a "lollipop" pattern may be used leaving you free from a horizontal incision. The nipples and areolas are repositioned and the areolas are made smaller in order to match the new breast size and position. Depending on your concerns and goals, Dr. Stiller will help guide you in determining which type of procedure is best for you.
For your Cosmetic Surgery, cash pay procedures, your surgery will be performed at our own on-site AAAASF accredited surgery center at our Stiller Aesthetics office. Our operating room is fully equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
A breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you will go home the same day. Recovery after a breast reduction can vary between patients however, most patients recover very well. When you wake up from surgery, you will be in a compression bra which we advise to wear the first 2 weeks all the time followed by 2 more weeks during times of activity. You can expect bruising, swelling and a feeling of tightness for about 2-3 weeks. Majority of swelling will subside by 3 months. Many patients who’ve undergone a breast reduction procedure notice immediate relief from back and shoulder pain.
You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions upon completion of your procedure. If at any time you should have any questions or concerns after surgery, please contact our practice immediately.
After your breast reduction surgery, you can expect to enjoy your results as long as you maintain a stable weight and don’t undergo changes from 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.