Too much of anything can become a problem, and women who experience discomfort due to overly large breasts often know this best. Fortunately, breast reduction from our experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Richard Zeff, may be able to help. This popular procedure is designed to reduce the size of the breasts and minimize or eliminate pain caused by excess breast tissue. In addition to greater physical comfort, other benefits include the potential for increased confidence and quality of life. During your initial consultation, Dr. Zeff will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your individual needs and discuss your cosmetic goals.
You can learn more about breast reduction surgery or schedule a consultation by contacting our practice today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Breast Reduction Candidates
Women who are considering breast reduction typically have large, pendulous breasts that cause physical pain and/or interfere with their daily lives (such as making exercising or finding comfortable, well-fitting clothing difficult). Most patients should be over 18 and have breasts that have reached full development; however, in special cases breast reduction may be performed prior to these stages if the symptoms are severe enough to warrant intervention. It’s also important for women to understand the potential risks of surgery and to have realistic expectations for the result.
In medically indicated cases, breast reduction may be partially or fully covered by medical insurance. There are often several steps required to qualify, and we recommend speaking with your insurance representative about your coverage if considering this approach. Additionally, we offer a wide range of financing options to help bring this procedure into your budget.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
There are a multitude of techniques that can be used to perform breast reduction surgery, and the right one for you will depend on several factors. In addition to your aesthetic goals, your anatomical needs will help determine which approach can provide the optimal result. In general, there are two incision options that are most commonly used, the “lollipop” and the “anchor.” The lollipop, also known as the vertical lift, involves two incisions, one that circles around the areola and one that runs vertically from the areola to the bottom of the breast. The anchor, or keyhole incision, includes the incisions in the lollipop approach plus a third that runs along the inframammary crease (where the breast meets the chest). The anchor method typically allows for a greater amount of excess tissue removal.
Both of these techniques allow for the resizing of the areola to better suit your cosmetic preferences and breast proportions.
Recovery Following Breast Reduction
A short while following your breast reduction surgery, which can take about two to four hours, you should be able to return home. You will experience some swelling and bruising, and we will provide medication to manage any discomfort. Bandages may be wrapped around your breasts, depending on your unique treatment plan, and Dr. Zeff will provide instructions for how to care for them. We recommend that you stay home and rest for about one week, after which you should be able to return to work and other daily activities. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least a month, or as long as Dr. Zeff recommends. Scars will at first appear red and puffy, but they should slowly flatten and fade in color over time. Topical products, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing can further minimize their appearance.
If you would like to know more about breast reduction surgery, please contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team can answer your questions and help you to schedule a consultation.