Why breast reduction surgery?
Overly large breasts can cause both health and emotional issues. The weight of excess breast tissue can cause pain and discomfort and keep you from an active life. Some women are also self-conscious and have self-image concerns.
Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin. In this way, it can relieve:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Skin irritation under the breast crease
- Bra strap indentations
- Being self-conscious about your breasts
Is it right for you?
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
A breast reduction surgery candidate:
- Is physically healthy and is a nonsmoker
- Has a positive outlook and realistic expectations about improvements
Preparing for your consultation
The success and safety of your surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
- Why you want surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your health status, including any previous surgeries
- Your family health history
- Your risk factors
- Potential complications of surgery
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes. Become well-informed before you make a final decision.
Preparing for surgery
Once you have completed your consultation and decided breast reduction surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
- Have lab tests and/or a medical evaluation
- Stop, start or adjust certain medicines and supplements
- Stop smoking
- Get a baseline mammogram before surgery, and another one after to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery.
What to expect after surgery
After your procedure, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
- When you can resume exercise, work and other activities
- How to care for any bandages, wraps or stitches
- Recommendations for pain medicines
- Symptoms to watch for
- How to care for your scars
- When to schedule your follow-up appointments
Your final results will be long lasting. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.
Male breast reduction
Gynecomastia or excessive male breast tissue is common among men. Gynecomastia surgery removes excess glandular tissue in the male breast either by excision or by liposuction. Call our office for more information.
*Disclaimer: The diagrams and photographs contained within this website are for educational purposes. Some of these diagrams and photographs may not be suitable for all viewers. These photographs represent typical results, but not everyone who undergoes plastic surgery will achieve the same outcome.