Some women have large, excessively weighty breasts that lead to the development of neck and back pain. Other issues can be bra shoulder strap grooves or recurrent irritation or infections underneath the breasts due to breast weight and skin-to-skin contact, respectively. Breast reduction surgery can help to reshape, lift, and reduce the weight of the breasts to enable patients to lead more active lifestyles. Most women in this situation who undergo this procedure wish they had done it sooner!
Many people know how breast implants are placed, but what about breast reduction? Dr. White uses a newer technique in breast reduction that keeps the breast tissue at the top of the breast, re-positions it, and removes the sagging tissue at the bottom that is causing the breast to droop. This method results in more fullness in the upper portion of the breast and a longer-lasting lift. The procedure allows clients to achieve a smaller breast size without the droopiness that can sometimes occur after breast reduction surgery.
The first step is to decide that you are ready to move forward with the breast reduction procedure. You will call our office and schedule an appointment to come in and discuss your cosmetic goals, symptoms, and any questions you may have. We will then schedule your procedure for a particular day.
The morning of the procedure you will check in, and you will be prepped for surgery. We will place you under anesthesia to minimize any pain or discomfort you may have. You will be closely monitored as the procedure is taking place. After we are done, you will be placed in the recovery suite to take some time to relax. You will need to arrange a ride home after your procedure, and we will schedule a follow-up visit.
The cost of breast reduction can vary depending on your particular situation. We like to be accurate whenever we provide patients with estimates, and we urge you to come in for an initial consultation so we can provide you with the most accurate figure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. We understand that the cost can be financially difficult for families, which is why we provide financing options so that breast reduction can fit your monthly budget.
All traditional breast reduction patterns leave a scar on the breast. Thankfully, these scars tend to fade with time, and the results are well worth it! Women often achieve an improved body image and decreased back and neck pain, and they can lead a more active lifestyle once they have had some of the weight burden relieved.
There are two major scar patterns that result from breast reduction: a vertical pattern and a “T” or anchor-shaped scar. A vertical breast reduction allows for breast skin and gland removal that leaves a lollipop-shaped scar. This type of reduction is excellent for moderately large breasts that are not extremely wide. For wider, larger breasts, either a “T” shaped or an anchor-shaped (Wise pattern) scar is often necessary to achieve a safe and effective partial breast gland removal while optimizing breast shape.
In addition to these breast gland and fat reduction techniques, liposuction can often be helpful to achieve a pleasing contour to the lateral (outer) part of the breast and under the armpits.
If pain due to the size of your breasts is impacting your daily life or you feel that your breasts are disproportionately large for your body, you may be a great candidate for breast reduction surgery. If you have existing medical conditions, you need to speak with our doctor to ensure that we can take the proper precautions prior to, during, and after your surgery. You may need to cease taking certain medications or supplements, like blood thinners, for at least two weeks before your procedure. Pregnant women are advised to wait until after birth to pursue breast reduction surgery. If you have a specific question about whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction, it is best to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.
After your surgery, you will need to schedule some time off from work to heal and rest. In the first two weeks, you will have some pain, swelling, and bruising. However, most patients are able to return to work after 7-10 days. You will have lifting restrictions for several weeks. Depending on what your job entails, you may need to request a temporary accommodation. After the initial first few weeks of healing, most people report just mild discomfort or pain with exertion that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. You will check in with your doctor throughout the healing process to ensure there are no complications.
Just like with a procedure of any type, there are risks that you should be informed of prior to the procedure. There is a risk of bleeding, infection, or reaction to any of the medications or anesthetics being used. In order to minimize these risks, we get a full medical history on every patient prior to surgery day. Our surgical rooms are always kept sterile, and we utilize the most modern equipment to ensure each and every patient is safe.
We understand that you may have a lot of questions or concerns surrounding cosmetic surgery. Our team is here to provide you with any information you may need to make an informed decision. Dr. White has extensive experience in providing breast reduction surgery to a wide range of patients. We are dedicated to providing each and every client who walks into our office with an exceptional level of care.