Many women experience a variety of medical problems resulting from the weight of large, sagging breasts. These may include upper and lower back pain, shoulder pain, skin irritation at the lower breast folds, and indents in the shoulders from bra straps. Just as important are the psychological effects of self-consciousness and limitations of certain physical activities due to breast size. For these women, a breast reduction may help alleviate the above experiences.
What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction procedure is a cosmetic surgery that removes breast tissue and skin so as to reduce and reshape your breasts. A breast reduction procedure is an excellent solution for women who feel as though they can’t fully enjoy life without experiencing neck and shoulder pain as a result of their current breasts.
At the initial consultation, goals and expectations of breast reduction surgery will be discussed. The procedure will be explained in detail. Factors that influence the surgery such as your age, the size, and shape of your breasts and the tone of the breast skin will be reviewed.
Different techniques for performing breast reduction and the location of the incisions will be discussed. A mammogram may be recommended preoperatively depending on your age and family or personal history of breast disease.
How Does It Work?
Mammoplasty may be performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility or in the hospital depending on the individual circumstances. An overnight stay is recommended for your safety, comfort, and convalescence. Breast reduction surgery takes 3 to 4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Greenberg will remove breast tissue and trim away excess skin to highlight your new shape. In most cases, the nipple will be repositioned to look natural with your new breast shape.
You’ll be able to see results right away; in fact, many patients remark that their back and shoulders immediately feel better after surgery. Final results are usually seen within 12 to 16 weeks after the procedure.
A surgical bra and a light dressing are worn for one week following breast reduction surgery. Swelling and discoloration of your breasts generally subside after a few days. Limited activity is recommended for the first week. You should be able to drive and return to work 1-2 weeks after surgery. Resumption of usual activities, including regular exercise, is possible 3 weeks following breast reduction surgery.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137