Before & After
34 y/o who states that she wears a 38DD bra with neck and back pain. She underwent a reduction mammoplasty with the removal of 1,364 grams from the left and 1,284 from the right (almost 3 pounds from each breast!). She is shown here about 3 months after surgery.
Before & After
21 y/o who states she wears a 36FF bra who complains of neck and back pain. She underwent reduction mammoplasty with the removal of 544 grams from the right and 548 from the left breast (about 1.2 pounds from each breast). She is shown here about 1 month after surgery.
Women with very large breasts find breast reduction surgery to greatly benefit their life. Patients not only have relief from their symptoms but also the ability to exercise better, wear more fitting clothes and many have psychological benefits. Of all surgeries that plastic surgeons perform, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction. Patients of most any age may have breast reduction surgery; however, most surgeons recommend waiting until after breast development has stopped. If your breasts are causing you discomfort, most insurance plans will cover the surgery. We will need to examine you in our office and seek preapproval from your insurance company. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following problems:
The first step in having this surgery, of course, is the initial consultation. During this meeting, we will discuss your condition as well as any other medical conditions and medicines that might affect the surgery. We will discuss what size you would ideally like to be and make a determination of about how much breast tissue will need to be removed. The different options for breast reduction will also be discussed. When this consultation is over, we will dictate a letter to your insurance company to seek approval. If you have not had a baseline mammogram, you should do so if you are older than 35 years of age.
There are several techniques available for breast reduction. The method used depends upon the size of your breasts and amount of reduction to be performed. The surgery is performed with you under a general anesthesia in either a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Some women go home the same day. For large reductions, we usually use a technique that leaves a scar around the areola, then down to the breast crease and extends horizontally in the breast crease. This technique allows removal of a large amount of breast tissue and skin safely. The breast will be firmer with a nice shape and the nipples in a more youthful position. The nipples are left attached to the breast tissue beneath them and most patients do not lose sensation. The size of the areolas can also be reduced. The ability to breast-feed is also usually preserved. Smaller reductions can be performed without the horizontal incision beneath the breast. The only scars are around the areola and the vertical scar down to the breast crease. We have been using this minimal scar (SPAIR) technique with increasing frequency with very satisfied patients. The majority of patients have no complications. The most common is delayed healing of an incision and this rarely occurs unless a patient smokes. It is very important to not smoke at least 2 weeks before and after the surgery.
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