Smaller, Perkier Breasts
Smaller, Perkier Breasts
Breasts That Match Your Body Type
Breast reduction surgery is one of the most rewarding procedures because it provides emotional and physical relief for women with overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can help a woman attain breasts that are smaller and more proportionate to her entire body. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Perez-Gurri or Dr. Garcia, breast reduction surgery can help a patient enhance the appearance of her breasts, relieve tension in her upper back, and improve her self-image.
Who Can Benefit from
Breast Reduction Surgery?
Overly Large Breasts
Pain in the back, neck, and shoulders due to overly large breasts is the top reason women choose to undergo breast reduction surgery. Many women find that having pendulous breasts makes it difficult for them to interact in everyday life and regular physical activities. They can undergo breast reduction surgery to feel normal again.
Patients should have fully developed breasts before undergoing breast reduction surgery, which typically occurs around age 18. It is important that breast development is complete because subsequent changes in the breast tissues can negatively affect the results of breast reduction surgery.
Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, patients should be in good health. The patients who benefit the most from the procedure do not smoke, are not overweight, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious medical conditions such as diabetes.
Smaller Breast Proportions
Although large, full breasts are the ideal for most women, having breasts that are too large and pendulous can be unflattering and unattractive on the body. Some women would feel better about their body if their breasts were smaller and more shapely, which can be achieved with breast reduction.
Improved Body Contours
When one area of the body is out of sync with the rest of its contours, it can affect the overall physique. Once the breasts are reduced in size and more proportionate to the rest of the body, patients will notice how much one change can improve the entire body.
Less Pain and Discomfort
Many women who desire a breast reduction surgery experience a lot of tension and pain due to their enlarged breasts. After surgery, patients often notice how much breast reduction significantly lessens their pain and discomfort.
Pendulous breasts can be awkward and unflattering on a woman, especially when the breasts are too large to fit into clothing styles such as bathing suits and tight-fitting fashions. A woman may not feel comfortable having breasts that are large and difficult to cover. After breast reduction surgery, women can confidently put on clothing they may have steered away from before.
Patients can return home following their surgery. A surgical bra should be worn for the first few days. During the recovery process, it is recommended to wear a sports bra and bras without underwire. For the first 24 to 48 hours, patients may experience some pain and tightness. The next day, patients will return for a follow-up visit. Steri-Strip™ Skin Closures or small tapes will be used to close the incisions. The closures will fall off by themselves within 10 to 14 days. Most patients can return to work and can drive their car within seven days. If your job requires strenuous activity, you may need up to three weeks to recover. Exercise can be continued after six weeks. It is important that patients are aware that not everyone heals the same; each patient will recover at her own pace.
There will be some scarring associated with breast reduction surgery; however, with proper care, incisions should fade and become less noticeable.
Breast reduction costs can vary depending on the technique used, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location of the office. The price will also differ based on the operating room fees, anesthesia costs, and other related expenses.
There will be some pain and discomfort that can be managed using prescription medication.
Q: How is breast reduction surgery performed?
Breast reduction requires an “anchor” incision (also known as an inverted-T incision) that runs around the nipple/areolar complex and extends straight down from the six o’clock position until it meets the inframammary fold. The incision then extends laterally along the inframammary fold. Through these incisions, excess glandular tissue and skin can be removed. The remaining tissues and skin are redistributed and reshaped.
Q: What are the risks and complications of the procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction surgery can have some risks and complications, which may include:
- Visible scars
- Loss of breast or nipple tissue
- Altered nipple/skin sensation
- Contour irregularities
- Inability to breastfeed
- Fat necrosis
Q: What type of anesthesia is used for the procedure?
General anesthesia is administered during the surgery.
Q: Will breast reduction surgery affect future mammograms?
Your breasts may heal with scar tissue that can become calcified and mimic an abnormality. You should let your radiologist know about your breast surgery so that he or she can take it into consideration.
Q: How long will my breast reduction results last?
Although breast reduction results are designed to last for a long time, patients who follow a healthy lifestyle are more likely to experience a better outcome. Unfortunately, this procedure cannot halt the aging process, and the effects of gravity and aging can alter the appearance of the breasts over time.