Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed to remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts. It is often considered by patients because of the discomfort and/or self-consciousness frequently associated with breasts that are simply too large and heavy for one’s body frame. This is a very commonly performed procedure that can have major advantages for women who are trying to achieve more balanced body proportions and enhance their livelihood. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Amie Miller, MD, can create a customized breast reduction treatment plan with the goal of producing smaller breasts and a renewed aesthetic balance.
What Does the Breast Reduction Procedure Involve?
Breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, and typically takes at least three hours to complete. There are a few different techniques that can be utilized for this procedure; Dr. Miller will talk with you about the options during your consultation and determine which is most appropriate based on your individual needs and goals. For most breast reduction procedures, an incision is created in the area surrounding the areola and then extended down to the breast crease (inframammary fold). Dr. Miller will remove excess skin, fat, and/or glandular tissue, and then carefully recontour and reshape the breasts. In some cases, patients may only need liposuction to successfully achieve their goals. Dr. Miller can talk more with you during the initial consultation about whether breast reduction with liposuction only may be all that is necessary for the procedure.
What Can I Expect During Breast Reduction Recovery?
Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities approximately one to two weeks following the breast reduction procedure. Side effects such as swelling and bruising can be expected as the breasts heal; however, discomfort during this period can be controlled with medication. Patients should refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercises for a minimum of six weeks after the procedure.
Do you have questions about breast reduction? Please contact us for additional information, or to schedule a consultation.