Many patients feel that their breasts are too large, which causes them both physical and emotional discomfort. Excessively large breasts can be a source of self-consciousness as well as a cause of pain and difficulty performing certain physical activities. In these cases, breast reduction surgery is often the best option.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue to achieve an overall smaller breast. This both creates a more proportionate appearance that is more in-line with the patient’s cosmetic preference and alleviates discomfort and symptoms associated with excessively large breasts. Some of these symptoms can include neck or back pain, chafing and rashes or sores, difficulty performing certain activities including some forms of exercise, and emotional distress. Patients who do not experience these symptoms can also choose breast reduction for cosmetic reasons.
Breast reduction surgery is performed by first administering either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Rosenberg will advise which is best for you. Next, incisions are made using one of several techniques, which include a circular pattern around the areola (periareolar), a keyhole-shaped pattern around the areola and down to the breast crease, or an anchor-shaped pattern which adds a horizontal incision along the breast crease to the keyhole incision technique. The correct technique for your breast reduction depends on your unique anatomy and goals for the procedure. Once incisions are made, fat and breast tissue are removed from the breasts to create a smaller size. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat. As necessary, the nipple and areola may be repositioned to maintain a natural appearance. Finally, the incisions are closed using sutures.
Many patients who are troubled by overly large breasts are candidates for this surgery. If you have issues with self-image, physical pain, or other emotional and medical issues due to your large breasts, a breast reduction may be the right procedure for you. Good candidates are:
During your breast reduction consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will ask you questions regarding your health history, lifestyle, and goals for the surgery. Be prepared to share information regarding your current medications, allergies, family history of breast cancer, or previous surgeries. During the consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will also take any necessary measurements or photographs. Finally, you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have about breast reduction surgery or recovery.
During your breast reduction consultation, you will have the chance to ask any questions you might have about the surgery or recovery period. Some examples of questions you may want to ask include:
During recovery, most patients have dressings or bandages over incisions and may have small tubes to drain excess blood or fluid or support garments to minimize swelling.
Most patients will need to rest for one to two weeks after surgery before returning to normal activities like work or school. They should also refrain from strenuous activity, such as exercise, for about a month. Dr. Rosenberg will provide detailed instructions for recovery as well as prescriptions to help ease discomfort as you heal.
While breast reduction surgery is generally safe, like all surgical procedures there are some risks. Some of these potential complications include scarring, infection, changes or loss in sensation (which may be temporary), bleeding, breast asymmetry, and anesthesia risks. Many of these risks can be avoided by carefully following Dr. Rosenberg’s instructions during your recovery period.
To find out more about breast reduction surgery and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.
Can breast grow back after reduction?
Although rare, some patients experience breast growth after having breast reduction surgery, due to hormonal or weight changes as well as pregnancy.
Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?
You should not drink alcoholic beverages for a week after breast reduction surgery, or as long as you are on pain medication.
Does insurance pay for breast reduction?
There is no guarantee your insurance company will cover the costs of a breast reduction surgery—it depends if they consider the procedure medically necessary.
Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?
With most surgical techniques, there is a small risk of losing nipple sensitivity after breast reduction. However many patients regain sensitivity to at least some degree within a few months after surgery.
Does weight gain increase breast size?
When the body gains weight, it does so proportionally, storing excess fat throughout the body, including the breasts, which can increase their size.
Do you lose weight after breast reduction?
Because breast reduction surgery removes fat and glandular tissue from the body, you will weigh a little less after surgery, but not a significant amount.
Has anyone had a second breast reduction?
Yes, having a breast reduction twice, whether corrective or otherwise, is possible, however it increases some risks, including the loss of nipple sensitivity.
How can I reduce my cup size?
Healthy diet and exercise can reduce the adipose tissue stored in the breasts and throughout the body, but if you are a healthy weight and want a more significant reduction, you may need breast reduction surgery.
How do you know when you need a breast reduction?
If you are experiencing negative side effects like back pain and shoulder pain from the size of your breasts, you may be eligible for a breast reduction surgery.
How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?
Like all invasive procedures, breast reduction surgery comes with risks, such as unpleasant scarring, bleeding, fluid accumulation, and infection. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is considered a safe and effective procedure.
How do breast reductions work?
Fat and breast tissue are removed from each breast through an incision to reduce their size.
How do I know if I need a breast reduction?
If you are experiencing pain in the shoulders, neck, or back due to the size of your breasts, a breast reduction can be a solution to these problems. Large breasts can also affect your posture and generally feel uncomfortable.
How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?
Swelling will be at its worst during the first week of recovery. It will go down over time, but full results can take 6 to 12 months to appear.
How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?
Its advised that you rest for 1 to 2 weeks before resuming most of your regular activities. Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks.
How much do breast reductions cost?
A breast reduction costs about $7,200.