Many women who are experiencing physical discomfort and/or feelings of self-consciousness associated with disproportionately large breasts may find breast reduction surgery to be an excellent solution. Designed to remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts to achieve a smaller, more proportionate size and contour, this procedure can help minimize – or even eliminate – the physical and/or psychological distress often related to overly large breasts. By employing the latest techniques available, Dr. Daniel Y. Maman and Dr. Stafford R. Broumand can perform breast reduction surgery to help you attain a more appealing and flattering breast size for your unique figure.
What Can Breast Reduction Do for Me?*
Depending on your specific needs and desired outcome, breast reduction can help:
- Reduce overall breast size and weight
- Raise the breast mound
- Achieve a rounder breast contour
- Elevate the nipple-areolar complexes
- Decrease the size of the areolas
* results may vary
Candidates for Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery can be a great option for women interested in decreasing the size and improving the overall shape of the breasts. Good candidates for this procedure generally include those who are experiencing and/or having trouble with:
- Chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders
- Persistent headaches spanning from the forehead to the base of the neck
- Uncomfortable bra strap indentations
- Tender and/or irritating rashes underneath the breasts
- Bad posture caused by the weight of the breasts
- Ill-fitting bras, bathing suits, and various other articles of clothing
Along with being able to relate to one or more of these concerns, breast reduction candidates should be in relatively good health and have no unmanaged medical issues. Anyone who smokes must also quit a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery, and all individuals need to have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. At the time of your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss all of these factors in great detail to determine proper candidacy.
Considerations for Breast Reduction
As a surgical procedure requiring incisions, the development of postoperative scarring following breast reduction is inevitable. That said, our doctors take great care to minimize the final appearance of breast reduction scars through the use of advanced incision techniques and scar management methods.
During surgery, the incision generally utilized by Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand encircles the areola and extends down to the inframammary crease. Unlike other approaches, the incision does not typically continue horizontally along the fold underneath the breasts, therefore creating a shorter overall scar. Following the procedure, patients are advised to use special silicone strips to help offload tension on the incision lines as they heal, helping to promote better healing and a less distinguishable scar.
Ultimately, any potential breast reduction scarring can usually be concealed by most bathing suit and underwear varieties, and the vast majority of patients find that the results of their procedure far outweigh any hesitations they may have about noticeable scars.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
At our practice, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman typically use a “lollipop” incision pattern that extends around the perimeter of the areola and down the underside of the breasts to the inframammary fold. During the procedure, excess breast tissue and fat is removed, and any redundant skin is excised. Remaining skin and breast tissue is then lifted and shaped until an ideal aesthetic is achieved, and incisions are closed with the utmost care and precision to promote optimal healing. The entire breast reduction procedure can generally be performed in about two hours, though this time may vary depending on the individual needs and goals of the patient.
Recovery From Breast Reduction
Following breast reduction surgery, a supportive bra will need to be worn for a brief period of time to help encourage proper healing. Most women will notice some degree of swelling and/or bruising in the breasts, though these effects should slowly diminish over time. Any discomfort experienced postoperatively is typically described as mild and can often be reduced or alleviated with medication. The majority of patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous jobs and daily routines after approximately one week, but our doctors recommend that any heavy lifting or rigorous physical activity be avoided for at least four weeks. Due to the location of the incisions, any signs of scarring can generally be hidden underneath most articles of clothing, including various bra and swimsuit varieties.
Become More Informed About Breast Reduction
In our experience, patients who are thoroughly educated about all facets of breast reduction tend to have the smoothest treatment experience and highest levels of postoperative satisfaction. For this reason, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman strive to establish open communication during the consultation process, encouraging prospective individuals to voice any questions or concerns they may have about breast reduction surgery. We realize there is a tremendous amount of information to take in when making a decision of this magnitude, and our doctors will never rush or pressure you into proceeding with surgery when you are not completely comfortable doing so. Our goal is simple: help you achieve your aesthetic goals through the safest, most effective means possible – but only when you are ready.
Contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery
For more information about breast reduction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons, please do not hesitate to contact us today.