Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breasts by removing tissue and reshaping the surrounding skin.
Recovery from surgery can take between two and six weeks. Most patients need to take around 10 days to two weeks off work. Scarring will be visible at first, but will gradually fade over the course of the following months.
About Breast Reduction
Some patients have large breasts that are uncomfortable, too large for their body or draw unwanted attention. A breast reduction – also called a mammoplasty – is a surgical technique that removes excess fat, breast tissue, and skin to decrease breast volume. Dr. Scott Greenberg carefully excises tissue and then reshapes breasts to give them an aesthetically-pleasing finish.
Breast reduction is both a medical and cosmetic procedure, depending on the needs of the patient. Sometimes, patients request breast reduction, even if the size of their breasts is not causing any other health issues. Others opt for the procedure for health reasons. Large breasts can cause nerve pain, restrict normal daily activity, or cause skin irritation between the underside of the breast and torso.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Winter Park Plastic Surgery performs a range of breast reduction procedures, depending on the precise needs of the patient. Typically, patients receive surgery via incisions or liposuction, or a combination of both.
Most patients receive an incision around the areola of each breast. Dr. Greenberg uses this opening to remove tissue from the breast to decrease its size. If necessary, he will also reshape and reposition the nipple to give the breasts an attractive finish and use liposuction where excess fat requires removal.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Breast reduction is an invasive procedure that involves the removal of a substantial quantity of tissue. Recovery, therefore, takes time: typically between two and six weeks.
Immediately after the procedure, your breasts will be bandaged to protect any fresh sutures. At first, you may experience some discomfort and should take pain medication and antibiotics.
During the first few days after surgery, your breasts will remain bruised and swollen. They may be sensitive to touch. Limit physical activity and avoid any strenuous or manual work for at least two weeks following the procedure.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
The benefits of breast reduction at Winter Park Plastic Surgery are considerable. They include:
- Increased confidence: Large breasts can affect your confidence and self-image. With breast reduction, you can improve the way you feel about your body long-term.
- Breasts that are more in proportion to the rest of your body: Having especially large breasts can make your body “top-heavy.” Reducing them gives your figure more proportion.
Increased comfort: Breast reduction surgery can help improve comfort. Many patients with nerve, neck, back, or shoulder pain request this procedure.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from breast reduction? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137