Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the pain and irritation of large breasts. The procedure, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to create breasts that are easier to manage and more proportionate to the rest of your body.
There are many reasons why women may consider breast reduction surgery. Many women with large breasts suffer from back problems or pain from bra straps cutting into their skin. Having large breasts that are not proportionate to the rest of the body can also be a distraction, one that leads to mental health troubles and issues with self-confidence. Some of the benefits of breast reduction surgery include:
The impact of your surgery will vary due to weight, height, and your desired goals. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of breast reduction, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Schusterman. Dr. Schusterman is a double board-certified surgeon and a world-renowned authority in the field of plastic surgery. He has the skill and experience to guide you through this journey to achieve your desired results.
Are your breasts getting in the way of you living your life? Do they cause you pain and discomfort or interfere with you doing the things you want to do? Are you tired of unwanted attention? If so, you might be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction should be considered if:
Your breast reduction journey begins with a consultation, where you will sit down with Dr. Mark Schusterman and discuss your options.
Dr. Schusterman is a caring listener and accomplished surgeon who will listen to your goals and provide you with the important information you need to make the best decisions for your body. He will take measurements of your body and work with you to create a plan for a surgery that aligns your body with the proportions that make sense to you. He will also give you personalized information to prepare you for your surgery and recovery.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed while you are fully asleep under general anesthesia. You will most likely not have to stay in the hospital overnight, so it is important to make sure that you have someone who can pick you up and drive you home from the hospital following your surgery.
On the day of your surgery, Dr. Schusterman will meet with you to answer any final questions you may have before your procedure. You will then be given anesthesia by our board-certified anesthesiologist, which will gently put you to sleep.
Under Dr. Schusterman’s skilled care, your surgery will likely have three incisions. The first incision goes around the areola. The second incision runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
Once these incisions are made, Dr. Schusterman expertly reshapes your breasts to your agreed-upon specifications. The incisions are closed using sutures that will dissolve into your skin over time, eliminating the need for a second surgery to remove stitches.
Following your surgery, you will notice that you feel significantly weaker than normal.
You will likely feel soreness in your chest for the next 2-3 weeks. You may need pain medication for the first week following surgery, depending on your pain tolerance. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a week or two of breast reduction surgery, but it is important to schedule time off following your surgery to allow you to properly heal.
You will also likely notice changes to the sensitivity of your nipples and areolas. This is usually temporary, although in some cases it could take up to a year before sensation returns to normal. There will also be swelling after surgery that takes several weeks to go down. This is normal and should be taken into consideration as you evaluate the procedure.
You should avoid strenuous activities such as Crossfit or heavy lifting for at least six weeks following breast reduction surgery. This allows the body to heal. Light walking is encouraged during the healing process to promote blood flow.
As part of your recovery process, Dr. Schusterman will provide you with personalized aftercare recommendations that will help guide your recovery. He has found that sticking to these recommendations gives women the best chance to avoid complications and have a healthy recovery.
Like any surgery, there are some risks of complications with breast reduction. The most common of these are scarring, infection, improper healing, shape irregularities, change insensitivity, and the loss of the ability to breastfeed.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon and a leader in the field of reconstructive surgery, Dr. Schusterman is laser-focused on minimizing the risks of complications during and after surgery. He uses the latest techniques to minimize scarring and prevent complications and works with you to make sure you know exactly what to do during your recovery process to maximize your ability to heal safely.
The incision lines will be most prominent immediately after surgery but will heal and fade over time. They will likely be permanently visible, though just how visible depends on the healing properties of the skin. Dr. Schusterman is a pioneer in multiple restorative surgery techniques that are practiced around the world to this day and will do everything in his power to make sure that your scars are minimal. The incision sites are also placed in locations that are easily concealed by clothing, including low-cut necklines and swimwear.
Breast reduction does not prevent your breasts from changing as part of a healthy pregnancy. In rare cases, scar tissue from breast reduction surgery has impacted the ability of women to breastfeed. Dr. Schusterman is incredibly sensitive to these issues and takes precautions during surgery to minimize this risk.
It is possible to permanently lose nipple sensation as a result of breast surgery. This risk increases for women with larger breasts. However, this risk can be reduced by utilizing certain surgical techniques. Dr. Schusterman is very familiar with these techniques and will do everything in his power to prevent the loss of nipple sensitivity during your breast reduction surgery and recovery.
There is some change to breast size that can be made through diet and exercise, but those results are limited and unpredictable. Larger changes to breast size require at least liposuction, which is technically still a surgery.
Your breasts should not regrow to their previous level. They may grow if you have an endocrine problem or become pregnant.
It is important that your breasts have stopped growing prior to breast reduction surgery. Because of that, the youngest age we will perform surgery is 16, and then only with a parent’s permission. However, we strongly advise that unless it is medically necessary, a patient should wait until they are sure they have stopped growing before having breast reduction surgery.
A breast lift is automatically part of a breast reduction.
All of our sutures are absorbable.
It is possible you will have drains although we are using them less and less.
Possibly, but we will evaluate that issue at the time of your consultation.
Most breast reduction surgeries are considered “elective” surgeries by insurance companies. However, there are some valid medical reasons for breast reduction that could be covered by insurance. Dr. Schusterman will go over these with you during your consultation to see if you are eligible.
We do have financing options available through our financial partners and will be happy to go through all of your payment options during your consultation.
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.
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