However, the societal stigma of cosmetic procedures is lessening now, with the widespread belief that self-care through procedures like breast reduction can help with both physical and mental health issues. Houston double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman is a highly trained surgeon and attentive listener. He will help you find relief from breast-related issues.
A reduction mammaplasty or breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin. You may opt for this type of procedure because you are suffering from the following:
Breast reduction can be performed on patients 16 and over; however, Dr. Schusterman advises his Houston breast reduction surgery patients to wait until they are fully developed before considering breast reduction to avoid the need for revisional surgeries.
Breast reduction is not recommended if:
It is vital to discuss your breast reduction expectations with Dr. Schusterman during your consultation.
You need to have a healthy outlook about the expected results. Overall, if you feel a breast reduction can provide you a better quality of life, it is important to take the next step and speak to Dr. Schusterman. He can help you determine the final shape and size of your breasts, and what is possible through surgical correction.
In our Houston facility, breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. You will likely return home after surgery unless overnight observation is needed.
You will need to have someone available to transport you home, as you will be unable to drive following surgery due to anesthesia. Once anesthesia is administered, Dr. Schusterman will typically make three incisions:
Once these incisions are completed, Dr. Schusterman will reshape and perform a breast lift, as well as reposition the areola as necessary. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. After the incisions are closed, the sutures will dissolve on their own, so there is no need to have the stitches removed.
A breast lift is part of a breast reduction surgery because once the excess fat and tissue are removed, it is necessary to lift and shape the skin around the breasts to give the natural appearance and shape of breasts.
You will see some immediate results that will improve after the swelling subsides. You will notice back, neck, and shoulder relief from no longer carrying the excess weight in your breasts. It will take months for the swelling to go down completely and for the scars to fade, but overall, you will be more than pleased with your new results.
It is vital to discuss your concerns and questions with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mark Schusterman. He will take the time to listen to what you are expecting and the results you desire. You and Dr. Schusterman can then put a plan in place for your breast reduction to give you the stunning outcome you desire.
You can expect a recovery downtime of 2-3 weeks, and it's recommended to stay home for that time for your body to heal. You'll also want to make sure no one accidentally bumps into you as you'll continue to be sore for a few weeks.
It is advised to continue to wear the compression garments provided as part of your recovery plan to relieve any swelling. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise, but light walking is encouraged to help with blood flow. There will be a specific post-op plan for you to follow to promote optimal healing.
Dr. Schusterman will perform a breast reduction on a patient as young as 16-years old, but only with the parents' or caregivers' full consent. Dr. Schusterman recommends teenagers wait for their bodies to finish growing before undergoing breast reduction surgery.
A total loss of sensitivity is rare. After surgery, your nipples could be very sensitive or have a loss of sensation for 2-3 months as they heal. Dr. Schusterman uses specialized techniques to save the nerves to maintain the nerves for you to experience maximum sensation.
There is always a certain level of risk during an invasive cosmetic procedure. However, complications from breast reduction surgery are rare, particularly with a double-board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schusterman.
After surgery, you may experience swelling, drainage, and moderate pain as you heal. Dr. Schusterman will provide you a specific post-surgical plan to follow to recover quickly, minimize risk, and achieve your best results.
It may be necessary to insert drains into the incision areas to remove excess fluid. However, each cosmetic procedure is different. It will depend on if liposuction was used during surgery and how much fat and tissue are removed.
Every procedure is different. You will receive a detailed cost estimate as part of your consultation with Dr. Schusterman. For patients worried about cost, no-interest financing is available through CareCredit or United Medical Credit. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for your convenience. We try and discourage bargain hunting when it comes to something as important as your body. The cost of revisional surgery is far greater than the cost of getting your procedure done right the first time with Dr. Schusterman.
Breast Reduction surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and typically is not covered by insurance. However, some breast reductions are considered medically necessary because of the pain it is causing. It is best to check with your insurance provider and primary care physician to see what is permitted.
There is an expected downtime of 2-3 weeks, but you may be able to return to work after a week if your job is not strenuous or requires any heavy lifting. You will need to give your body ample time to heal to see the best results.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
3355 W Alabama Suite 450 , Houston, TX 77098