Learn More About Breast Reduction Surgery
A breast reduction, sometimes referred to as a reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure to treat women with oversized and sagging breasts. All three components of the breasts– skin, fat, and gland– are commonly removed. The breasts are shaped and sculpted to a smaller, more upright position. Any asymmetry or enlargement of the nipples and areolae (dark areas) are improved at the same time.
A breast reduction is similar to a breast lift or mastopexy procedure. The major difference is that with a breast reduction, we not only lift the breasts, but we also remove a significant amount of breast tissue. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis; however, if there is a large amount of breast tissue to be removed, Dr. Shienbaum prefers to perform the procedure in a hospital setting.
Unlike other cosmetic breast procedures, a breast reduction is often chosen for medical reasons. Patients tend to choose breast reduction when their large breasts cause them physical discomfort. If your large breasts cause back pain, chafing, or difficulty with normal activities such as exercise and sleeping comfortably, a breast reduction can alleviate these problems.
Most people need about a week to rest after a breast reduction surgery before they can return to work or school. During this time, it’s normal to experience breast pain and swelling. Dr. Shienbaum may prescribe you medication to ease discomfort during the first few days of recovery.
In order to facilitate the best healing, it’s important that patients refrain from strenuous physical activity, including exercise, for about a month after their surgery. This also includes lifting heavy objects, which could cause scarring to worsen.
Scarring is normal following a breast reduction surgery. Typically, scars will fade with time but never disappear completely. Dr. Shienbaum will determine incision placement that allows for the least visible scarring possible while also achieving the desired results.
This varies according to your insurance plan, but a breast reduction surgery is often considered a medical, rather than cosmetic, procedure, and can be covered by health insurance. It’s typical for insurance providers to require that you have tried non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, without success before you can be approved for reduction mammoplasty coverage.
Dr. Shienbaum will give you detailed, personalized instructions on preparing for your surgery during your consultation. Generally, patients should complete a mammogram and refrain from smoking or taking blood-thinning medications in the weeks prior to the surgery.
A typical breast reduction surgery takes about two to four hours to complete.
Most breast reduction surgeries should not interfere with your ability to breastfeed, however, it depends on the extent of the surgery and techniques used. Talk to Dr. Shienbaum about your concerns regarding future pregnancies and breastfeeding during your consultation.
it can take 2 to 6 weeks to fully recover from breast reduction surgery. You may need to take 2 or 3 weeks off work and need help with housework, childcare, and shopping. You should not drive until its no longer painful to wear a seatbelt. This could be several weeks.
Yes. There is a possibility that your breasts will return to their previous size even after they've been reduced. The good news is this is a rare occurrence among patients.
Alcohol is permissible two weeks after your surgery assuming that you are no longer on any medications. Consult with your plastic surgeon before doing so.
You can. Usually feeling returns within six weeks, almost always by six months but breast surgery of any kind will on rare occasions lead to permanent loss of nipple feeling.
Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery — bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks include: Removal of or loss of sensation in the nipples and skin surrounding the nipples (areolae)
It works by leaving behind the nipple and some surrounding breast tissue. Excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the remaining skin is reshaped and redraped over the remaining breast mound and nipple to make your new breast. Breast reduction is a procedure that removes unwanted skin, fat and breast tissue from the breast.
You have backaches, neck aches, or skin irritation under your breasts. You have difficulty breathing and notice grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps. You have poor posture or numbness in parts of your breasts and upper chest from excessive breast weight
Most of the swelling will be gone within 6 weeks after your breast reduction. It can take up to a year to see the final results.
A breast reduction or a breast lift has a recovery time of between three to six weeks. During the first three weeks it is necessary to protect the area from undue stress so as to allow it to fully heal.
Overall, the average cost for a breast reduction is around $6,000. This average does not include the cost for anesthesia, operating room facilities, additional medications, and other expenses which vary depending on cosmetic surgeon. And of course, the final amount varies depending on location, doctor, specific needs, etc.
6-8 weeks. Since each patient’s body is different, it is important to confirm from your board-certified plastic surgeon to get the exact number of weeks.
Generally, most patients wait at least 2 – 3 months before being able to wear an underwire bra without any discomfort. This time does vary between patients. Consult with your plastic surgeon before wearing your normal bra.