Savannah Breast Reduction
Both men and women can be candidates for breast reduction surgery. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are frequently seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction usually can solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast reduction, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better.
Some men who have larger breasts, also known as gynecomastia, undergo breast reduction surgery for a flatter, firmer chest. Click here to read more about male breast reduction.
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
- heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
- one breast is much larger than the other
- back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- skin irritation beneath your breasts
- indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
- restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
- dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts.
reduction can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually
recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Childbirth and
breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the
size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to
undergo breast reduction before having children and feel that they can
address any subsequent changes later. If you plan to breast-feed in the
future, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon. During the
consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size as well
as anything else about your breasts that you would like to see
improved. This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your
expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for breast reduction surgery?
plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, taking measurements and
perhaps photographs for your medical record. The size and shape of your
breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and
areolas will be carefully evaluated.
You should come to the
consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will
include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies,
medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including
breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. It is
important for you to provide complete information.
tell your plastic surgeon if you plan to lose a significant amount of
weight, particularly if you have noticed that your breasts become
smaller with weight loss. Your surgeon may recommend that you stabilize
your weight before having surgery.Will my insurance help cover the cost of surgery?
coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many
factors determine your eligibility, including the specific terms of
your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A
letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company
prior to surgery. Your plastic surgeon or a staff member in your
surgeon's office will discuss these matters with you.How Breast Reduction is Performed
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to reduce the size of your breasts.Where are the incisions placed?
most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions.
One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from
the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The
third incision follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
the surgeon has removed excess breast tissue, fat and skin, the nipple
and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large
breasts usually has been stretched, also is reduced in size. Skin that
was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to
reshape the breast. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour
under the arm.
Usually, the nipples and areolas remain attached
to underlying mounds of tissue, and this allows for the preservation of
sensation. The ability to breast-feed may also be preserved by this
method, although this cannot be guaranteed.
One common breast
reduction technique removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin through
the incisions shown. The nipple and areola remain attached to the
underlying tissue but are shifted to a higher position. The size of the
areola is often reduced at the same time. Skin that formerly was
located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the
breast.What are some variations to the common breast reduction technique?
are many variations to the design of the incisions for breast
reduction. The size and shape of your breasts, as well as the desired
amount of reduction, are factors that will help your plastic surgeon
determine the best technique for you.
In some instances, it may
be possible to avoid the vertical incision that runs from the bottom
edge of the areola to the breast crease or the horizontal incision
underneath the breast.
Rarely, if your breasts are extremely
large, the nipples and areolas may need to be completely detached
before they are shifted to a higher level. In such a case, you will
need to have made the decision to sacrifice sensation and the
possibility of breast-feeding in order to achieve your desired breast
complications from breast reduction are infrequent. Every year, many
thousands of women undergo successful breast reduction surgery,
experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone
considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and
the risks.Your Surgical Experience
The goal of
your plastic surgeon and the entire staff is to make your surgical
experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.How should I prepare for surgery?
on your age, or if you have a history of breast cancer in your family,
your plastic surgeon may recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery
and another mammographic examination some months after surgery. This
will help to detect any future changes in your breast tissue. Following
breast reduction, you will still be able to perform breast
self-examination. Breast reduction surgery will not increase your risk
of developing breast cancer.
If you are a smoker, you will be
asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain
anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should
avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery.
Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
reduction surgery may be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
If you are to stay in the hospital or surgical facility, it will most
likely be for only one night. Whether you are released the day of
surgery or the following day, you will need someone to drive you home
and to stay with you for the next day or two.What will the day of surgery be like?
Your breast reduction surgery may be performed in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility or office-based surgical suite.
a general anesthetic is administered, so that you will be asleep
throughout the procedure. When surgery is completed, you will be taken
into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored.
In many instances, small drain tubes will have been placed in your
breasts to help avoid the accumulation of fluids. Gauze dressings will
be placed on your breasts and covered with an elastic bandage or
surgical bra.How will I look and feel initially?
day after surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed for short
periods of time. After several days, you will be able to move about
more comfortably. Straining, bending and lifting must be avoided,
however, since these activities might cause increased swelling or even
bleeding. You may be instructed to sleep on your back to avoid pressure
on your breasts.
Any surgical drains will be removed a day or
two after surgery, at which time your dressings may also be changed or
removed. You will be instructed to wear a support bra for a few weeks,
until the swelling and discoloration of your breasts diminishes.
Generally, stitches will be removed two to three weeks unless
dissolving stitches are used.
You may notice that you feel less
sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It
may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before
sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to
assume a more natural shape. Incisions will initially be red or pink in
color. They will remain this way for many months following surgery.When can I resume my normal activities?
breast reduction surgery, it is often possible to return to work within
just a couple of weeks, depending on your job. In many instances, you
can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild
exercise, after several weeks. You may continue to experience some
mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but such feelings are
normal. Severe pain should be reported to your doctor.
sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of one week, and your
plastic surgeon may advise you to wait longer. After that, care must be
taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next
six weeks.Costs and financing
Please contact us
for more information about the cost for this procedure. Some plastic surgery procedures are covered by health insurance
. There are also several financing options
which may make your surgery affordable.