Women choose breast reduction for a variety of reasons. This procedure may be right for you if you experience any of the following:
Our plastic surgeons usually perform breast reduction surgery using an anchor-shaped incision. This incision resembles the shape of a boat anchor as it traces the areola, drops down, and follows the curve along the breast crease. Through the incision, your plastic surgeon reduces the extra tissue, fat, and skin that causes your breasts to be too large. Your surgeon also repositions the nipple and areola and shapes the breasts around them, giving you a new, firmer contour. Sometimes, liposuction is used to reduce extra fatty tissue that is under the arms.
When the breasts are very large or hang extremely, both the nipples and areolas are usually repositioned through grafting.
The cost for breast reduction surgery ranges from $7,500 to $8,000. Our financing options can make the procedure fit within most financial situations. For the most positive surgical outcome, we recommend considering your surgeon's credentials over issues of cost.
Keep in mind that everyone heals at their own rate; however, you can expect your recovery process to generally proceed as follows:
For the first day or 2 following your surgery, you may have a drainage tube inserted to eliminate blood and fluids more effectively from the incision areas. Most patients experience some discomfort and pain for about 3 to 7 days, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Initially, you will need to wear an elastic bandage held in place with a surgical bra.
In most cases, stitches are removed within 3 weeks after surgery.
You will need to continue wearing the surgical bra for several weeks when the swelling and bruising subside. As you heal, you will continue to feel less and less discomfort. But you may feel achy for a few weeks following your surgery. During this time, you should not do any heavy lifting or strenuous pushing. Keep in mind that you will have less energy for a few weeks following your surgery and that you need to reduce your physical activity to help your body recover. Follow the directions of your plastic surgeon regarding returning to work, exercise, and sexual activity.
Scarring is inevitable with breast reduction surgery, although your plastic surgeon will make every effort to conceal and minimize the incisions. While the scars will fade over time, they will not go away completely. It is very important to follow your plastic surgeon's directions before and after surgery to promote optimum scar healing.
After breast reduction surgery, some patients might experience a temporary infection or some bleeding or have a reaction to the type of anesthesia used during the operation. These conditions are rare, and your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions to follow to help avoid them. Other possible risks and complications include:
In some cases insurance will pay for breast reduction surgery if you are experiencing physical pain or other conditions. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. You can also contact your insurance provider for more information.
Breast reduction surgery usually takes 2 to 4 hours to complete.
Breast reduction surgery is conducted in a hospital or surgery center operating room, and you will either be admitted as an outpatient or perhaps have an overnight stay.
Sometimes patients experience a temporary numbness or loss of sensitivity following breast reduction surgery. In most cases this condition will correct itself during the healing process, although permanent sensitivity loss can occur. Ask your plastic surgeon about this concern during your consultation.
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