Are you experiencing back or neck pain due to the weight of your breasts? A breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, helps to reduce the size of large or asymmetrical breasts. This procedure is often sought after to alleviate the discomfort and pain that accompanies large breasts. If you are physically and emotionally stressed by your chest, plastic surgery offers a simple, attractive solution.
At The Hamlet Clinic, we want you to be physically comfortable and enjoy the way you look. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how a breast reduction can improve your life.
- 1 What is a Breast Reduction Procedure?
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Results
- 9 Complementary Procedures
- 10 Breast Reduction Surgery Cost
- 11 FAQs
What is a Breast Reduction Procedure?
A breast reduction procedure is a surgery that removes excess tissue in the breasts. This may be done to correct asymmetry, reduce discomfort, or help improve the proportions of the body.
Breast reduction surgery will require incisions along the breast.
- Circular Incision. An incision may be made around the border of the areola and in a circle around the tissue surrounding the areola.
- Keyhole Incision. This pattern requires an incision along the areola’s border and a second incision from the base of the areola to the breast fold.
- Inverted T Incision. This incision includes the keyhole incision patter along with another incision along the bottom curve of the breast.
Your surgeon may use one of the above incisions or a combination of them to deliver your best results. Through this incision, the tissue will be removed. Liposuction is sometimes implemented as well to seamlessly reduce extra breast fat.
A breast reduction surgery will give you lifted and rejuvenated breasts.
A breast reduction surgery can return balance to your chest.
Some women experience asymmetrical breasts or disproportionately large breasts. Most women’s breasts are a little different in size, however, some women’s breasts differ in size by half a cup or more. Women who have disproportionately large breasts may find it hard to engage in physical activities or obtain comfortable clothes. This surgery will improve the balance and symmetry of your body as well as alleviate any pain caused by your breasts.
Along with the benefits this procedure will have on your body, it will also improve your frame of mind. Many women experience a boost in confidence and grow more comfortable with how they look.
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If you identify with the symptoms listed above, a breast reduction may be a good option for you. This surgery is revolutionary for women with large, uncomfortable breasts or with an imbalanced chest.
We are here to help you get the body you want!
A private meeting with one of your trained, qualified surgeons will give you the opportunity to learn about the details of the surgery and how it can impact your life. Breast reduction surgery before and after photos will help you understand what to expect if you pursue the surgery. The surgeon will examine your chest and inquire about your health. You will also be able to get to know your surgeon and ask about their qualifications and voice your thoughts and concerns about breast reduction surgery.
If a breast reduction is seen as a healthy solution to your concerns, you and the surgeon will create a treatment plan designed to your body and desired outcome.
Your surgeon will give you instructions on how to best prepare for the surgery and recovery period.
Following these instructions will help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.
- Twelve hours before your surgery you will need to fast.
- Get a good nights rest and ensure you have a ride to and from the appointment.
- Arrive a few minutes early so you can sign in and change without feeling rushed.
If you have any questions, please give our office a call.
In your procedure, general anesthesia and sedation will be used to keep you safe and comfortable. Incisions will be made in predetermined patterns to maximize your results. The unnecessary tissue will be removed and liposuction may be used to further reduce the breast size.
When the desired volume is achieved, the surgeon will place drains and close the incisions. Bandages will be applied to the breasts and you will be moved to a recovery room to be monitored until you awake.
Breast reduction surgery recovery time will be different for each patient.
After your surgery, your breasts will be swollen and tender. Be careful not to bump or strain your incision sites through strenuous activity. Any discomfort can be managed with prescribed medications. A compression garment will help your newly shaped breasts adjust as well as control swelling. Brief walks will also decrease swelling by boosting circulation. During your recovery, follow-up appointments will allow our staff to ensure you are healing properly. Follow-up appointments are an opportunity for the staff to clean incision sites and remove stitches and drains.
You should be able to return to work after a week but will need to continue avoiding strenuous activities until you are fully healed.
Everyone’s body heals at its own pace. Age, general health, and many other factors will contribute to your healing time. Most patients take about a week at home to rest and recuperate. Make sure to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
Most patients will see an improvement in their chest immediately after surgery. It will take a few weeks for swelling to dissipate, but with each decrease in swollen tissue, you will notice impressive results setting in. Your final results will take a few months to develop, this will be after your chest has completely healed. These results will last you years!
At The Hamlet Clinic, we want all of our patients to enjoy their cosmetic improvements for a long time. That’s why we encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle. A consistent weight will help you maintain your newly shaped breasts for a while!
Breast reductions are often combined with breast lifts. Reducing tissue may not be enough to restore your breasts to a preferred shape. A lift will help position the chest to a higher, youthful area as well as better shape the remaining breast tissue. A breast reduction and lift will give you smaller, perkier breasts! If you are interested in combining your procedure with a breast uplift, discuss your options in your private consultation.
Breast Reduction Surgery Cost
The cost of each breast reduction surgery reflects the techniques used to give each patient their best results. The prices involved in your personalized surgery will be discussed in your private consultation.
How painful is breast reduction surgery?
You will be asleep and comfortable during the procedure. Anesthetic and sedation will be administered for your comfort. Afterward, you may experience discomfort. However, this symptom can be controlled with pain medications. Prescribed medications should not be needed for more than a few days. This procedure may be uncomfortable but should not be excessively painful. If you experience pain for a long period of time, contact your surgeon.
How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, like all surgeries, carries risk but has an excellent safety record. These surgeries should only be performed by qualified board-certified plastic surgeons with experience.
What happens during a breast reduction?
Incisions will be made in strategic patterns so as to make natural improvements in your appearance. Through these incisions, liposuction and incisive techniques will be used to reduce tissue and skin. When your optimal breast shape and size is achieved, the incisions will be closed and bandaged. This treatment is a great option for women who have excessively large breasts or who are not comfortable with their breast size. You should have a smaller, more petite chest after breast reduction surgery.
How long is a breast reduction surgery?
Anywhere from two to five hours. Your anatomical features along with your desired results will impact how long the surgery is. Many patients combine a breast reduction with a breast lift. Combining these two treatments will make your appointment longer but your results will be impressive.
What to expect after breast reduction surgery?
After surgery, you can expect your chest to be sensitive and swollen. A compression garment will help reduce swelling and help as your chest adjusts to its new shape. Any discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medication. Follow-up appointments will allow any adjustments to be made and ensure you are healing properly.
As each woman’s body and health is different, so will their recovery time. The average recovery is a few weeks. The first week after your surgery you will need to spend at home resting. There are many factors that will contribute to a healthy recovery. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions for your best outcome!