Did you know that symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder and back pain and poor posture may be caused by oversized breasts? Do you feel that your large breasts draw unwanted attention to you? Many women live with this constant physical and emotional stress. A breast reduction procedure can help you to regain confidence and enjoy a renewed self-image.Have a Question
Why do women choose to have a Breast Reduction?
Women chose to have breast reduction surgery for two reasons. The first is that, as time has progressed, their breasts have become large and droopy and they wish to have smaller perkier breasts. The second is because they have symptoms caused by the large size of their breasts. If symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, postural disturbances and bra strap grooving which have not responded to a trial of conservative therapy are present, breast reduction surgery may be covered by your insurance. Some insurance companies require a minimum amount of tissue be removed for coverage. Dr. Friedlander will review this with you during your consultation.
Breast reduction surgery makes the breasts smaller, and brings them more into proportion with the remainder of the body, helping to eliminate the symptoms if present. This surgery is appropriate for teenagers with overly developed 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 as well.
What are the types of Breast Reduction procedures?
This procedure removes fat, breast tissue and skin from the breasts making them smaller. It involves elevating the nipple to a better position and tightening loose breast skin and tissue to create a more youthful contour. Dr. Friedlander will determine the best procedure for you after examining you. Types of surgery include:
In the traditional surgery, incisions are placed around the areola, vertically extending to the fold, and within the fold itself creating an “anchor” or “keyhole” shaped scar. This is the ideal approach for women with very large breasts. The scars will sometimes vary, depending upon the amount of tissue to be removed. In a woman with moderately large breasts, a vertical approach resulting in a “lollipop” scar is ideal if extensive tissue removal is not required. Rarely, liposuction alone can be used to improve the breast size. This “scarless” breast reduction uses liposuction to remove fat from the breast, resulting in little or no scarring. Liposuction can also be performed as an adjunct to improve fat deposits along the side of the breast.
How do I prepare for a Breast Reduction?
Dr. Friedlander’s nurse, Debbie, will review all of your do’s and dont’s prior to surgery. It is best to lead a healthy lifestyle prior to any surgical procedure. That means limiting alcohol intake, getting enough sleep and if you smoke–stop. There are many natural herbs and over the counter products which may have an adverse effect on the healing process. Debbie will review these with you and make recommendations for other homeopathic products which may be beneficial.
You will be asked to shave under your arms the night before surgery. Do not wear deodorant. Wear a loose button down shirt the day of your surgery- no pull over’s please.
Where is Breast Reduction performed?
The surgery is performed as an outpatient. Most women are sore for a few days after the procedure. They are able to return to work approximately 1 week after the surgery, and they must refrain from heavy or strenuous activities for at least 4 weeks after the surgery.
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 are the risks involved with Breast Reduction?
There are risks with every surgery. These risks are nonspecific and include scars, bleeding, infection, asymmetry and altered sensibility. 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 child bearing age are advised to postpone the surgery if they intend to nurse.
When can I resume normal activities after a Breast Reduction?
Most women awaken from surgery with a sense of a large weight having been lifted off of their shoulders. Patients feel good the day after surgery, and are encouraged to shower and wash their hair. You may engage in activities of daily living and light household activities after a day or two. 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.
There is no strenuous activity or working out for 1 month. Premature return to the gym or even the treadmill can be associated with swelling, or worse, bleeding. Everyone experiences some swelling and light bruising, which disappears in a few weeks. You can return to driving once you are off of all pain medications and you can comfortably turn to the side to look behind you. Most women return to workplace after 1 week although you can work remotely a day or 2 after the surgery. If your work involves heavy lifting or strenuous activities you may return to light work after 2 weeks and regular duties after 4 weeks.
When do I have my first follow-up visit after Breast Reduction?
All post op patients are seen the day after surgery. A dressing change is performed and you are placed in a post surgical bra. All instructions are reviewed and you have ample opportunity to ask any questions to make sure that you are comfortable as you heal.
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.