Do you feel your large breasts draw unwanted attention? Perhaps you are experiencing constant pain and stress due to the excessive amount of weight you have to carry on your chest. Breast reduction surgery can help you regain confidence by reducing the size and improving the shape of your overly large breasts. Dr. Friedlander will address all your concerns and needs to help you achieve the breast size you desire.Have a Question
Am I a candidate for Breast Reduction surgery?
Many women who choose to undergo breast reduction surgery would like smaller and perkier breasts. Others may want to reduce the size of their large breasts due to the emotional and physical discomfort they may cause. Ideal candidates must be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about their results. This surgery is appropriate for teenagers with overdeveloped breasts that have stopped growing, as well as for mature women. In the case of teenagers, it helps to make them feel more comfortable with themselves, not only physically, but mentally. Whether you are 16 or 60, breast reduction surgery may be right for you if you suffer from any of the following:
- Chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain
- Poor posture
- Breast asymmetry
- Skin irritation from bra straps
- Unwanted attention
- Stress and anxiety caused by overly large breasts
- Saggy and droopy breasts
How do I prepare for my surgery?
Dr. Friedlander’s nurse, Debbie, will help you to prepare for your breast reduction surgery. She will ask that you maintain a healthy lifestyle before your procedure and that you refrain from using aspirin or NSAIDs for one month. Debbie will also make some recommendations for homeopathic products and natural herbs that can be beneficial during your recovery. Make sure to shave your armpits, not wear deodorant, and wear a loose, button-down shirt or hoodie the day of your surgery.
How is my Breast Reduction surgery performed?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, that typically takes two to three hours, depending on the amount of correction needed. During your procedure, excess fat, breast tissue, and skin will be removed as the breasts are lifted to their new, higher position. The nipples and areolas are also elevated, creating a more youthful contour. The surgical technique and incisions used for your breast reduction procedure will depend on the condition of your breasts:
- Traditional: This technique will place the incision around the areola, then it will vertically extend to the breast fold and end horizontally within the fold to create an “anchor” or “keyhole” shaped scar. It is best used for women with severely enlarged breasts.
- Vertical: This approach is best performed on women with mild to moderately enlarged breasts. An incision will be made around the nipple and extend down to the breast crease, which will result in a “lollipop” scar.
Scarless: This “scarless” breast reduction uses liposuction to remove fat from the breasts, resulting in little to no scarring. Liposuction can also be performed to remove fat deposits along the sides of the breasts. Scarless breast reduction may be used in older patients where fat has replaced the glandular tissue, but it offers little improvement in younger patients whose breasts are very dense or “glandular.”
What will my recovery process be like?
You will experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness but this should resolve after a few weeks. A dressing change will be performed the day after surgery and you will be asked to wear a surgical bra to protect your new contours. Make sure you avoid all heavy lifting and strenuous activities for approximately one month.
Most women appreciate an immediate improvement when they awaken from surgery, after all, a large weight has been lifted off of their chest. Any discomfort can be controlled with a mild pain medication that Dr. Friedlander will prescribe. You may engage in activities of daily living and light household activities a day or two after your surgery. It is important to remember that even though you feel good, you can still hinder the healing process by returning to an active lifestyle too soon. You will be able to return to light work after one week, but you can work from home two to three days after the surgery.
What results can I expect after Breast Reduction?
You will feel as though an enormous weight has been lifted off your shoulders following your breast reduction surgery. Your new, smaller breasts will also balance the remainder of your figure so that you look and feel more beautiful.
Are drains used with Breast Reduction?
Drains are not needed for routine breast reduction. Dr Friedlander has attempted to streamline the recovery process and get you up and around as quickly as possible without drains or other cumbersome routines.
What risks and side effects are involved?
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks and side effects involved with breast reduction surgery. Although uncommon, these include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Altered sensibility
- Change in nipple sensation
- Inability to nurse
Dr. Friedlander will review these with you after she has examined you. It is important that the breasts have stopped growing before the surgery is performed. Women aged 35 and older are advised to have a mammogram within one year of the surgery. Women of childbearing age are advised to postpone the surgery if they intend to nurse.
Schedule a Breast Reduction consultation
For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for breast reduction please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-524-7124.