(reduction mammoplasty)

Breast Reduction

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Remove excess breast fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts in order to achieve a more proportionate, desired appearance

Breasts that are too large can cause chronic back pain, affect your posture, limit your physical activity and affect your self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery can help alleviate these issues and help you achieve a better body image. Breast reduction surgery sometimes is partly or fully covered by insurance.

Who should consider breast Reduction Surgery?

Many women with large breasts often choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body. Although women choose to have a breast reduction for a number of different reasons, two of the most common include discomfort associated with larger breasts (including pain in the back, neck and shoulders) and dissatisfaction with your appearance. If you feel like your breasts are limiting your activities or having a negative impact on your overall health, you may want to consider breast reduction surgery.

What a consultation entails

There are many techniques used to reduce the size of the breasts, and the exact technique that will be performed on you will be discussed and chosen during your consultation. Dr. Draper will review your anatomy and your symptoms – and will evaluate a number of individual factors in deciding upon the best specific technique, taking into consideration your specific breast composition, your desired results/reduction amount that you would like and your personal preferences. In addition to discussing options for the surgery and possible incisions that may be used, Dr. Draper will also discuss specifics surrounding your recovery period and a plan that fits your health needs and overall expectations.

What to expect during surgery

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on the patient’s breasts, with incision options including a circular pattern around the areola, a keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern and an inverted T or anchor-shaped incision patter. Underlying breast tissue, fat and skin is then reduced, lifted and shaped. If needed, the areola size is reduced so it can be moved into a new, higher position.

Recovery information

Following surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze and supported with a surgical support bra. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for approximately two weeks (apply cold compresses and take pain medication as needed.)  You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks, but should be able to resume normal physical activity in 4-6 weeks.

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