Breast Reduction Dallas, TX
What is Breast Reduction?
Women who are unhappy about having large breasts and/or want to treat symptoms such as back pain, breathing problems, and poor posture, may benefit from a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty). During a breast reduction, fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed from the breasts. The resultant smaller breasts increase patient comfort and look more in proportion to the rest of the body.
Ideal candidates for reduction mammaplasty are women with oversized breasts that are causing medical problems, low self-esteem, and/or physical or social discomfort. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot undergo a breast reduction.
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Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the technique used and the individual case, it takes from 2 to 5 hours to perform. One of the following incisions is often used:
- Two rings, one larger than the other, around the areola
- A keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease and extending up to and around the areola
Liposuction alone is sometimes used to reduce breast size. One advantage is that it leaves little-to-no scarring. However, because liposuction removes only fatty tissue, patients must have more fatty than glandular tissue in their breasts. Liposuction is also often used on men whose breasts are enlarged.
After surgery, patients typically experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Bandages are removed after 2 days and replaced with a surgical bra. Physical activity should be limited for 1 to 2 weeks, while exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Stitches are removed after 2 to 3 weeks, at which point most patients return to work and other regular activities.
The results of breast reduction are noticeable immediately after surgery. As swelling and bruising subside, the breasts’ appearance improves. Scars fade with time, and usually cannot be seen when a patient wears a bathing suit or low-cut top.
- Excessive firmness
- Loss of sensation
- Inability to breastfeed
- Loss of skin/tissue where incisions meet
- Partial or total loss of areola and nipple
Although reduction mammaplasty surgery provides long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging and gravity.
Breast Reduction FAQs
How long does a breast reduction take to perform?
Depending on the technique used and the individual case, breast reduction takes from 2 to 5 hours to perform.
When can normal activities be resumed?
After breast reduction surgery, a patient can return to work within 1 week, although some patients may need up to 2 weeks. Physical activity must be postponed for 1 month.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Medical insurance may cover the cost of surgery if it is being performed to alleviate physical discomfort and pain. Depending on the particular insurance provider, eligibility factors may include the amount of breast tissue to be removed, and whether more conservative steps to reduce pain have been attempted.
How long do the results last?
The smaller breasts that result from breast reduction are permanent, but breasts are still subject to the effects of aging, gravity, changes in hormone levels, and weight gain/loss.
Does breast reduction leave scars?
Breast reduction leaves permanent scars on the breasts. Scars appear lumpy and red for several months after surgery but fade with time. The larger the incision, the more noticeable the scar. Reduction using liposuction leaves the smallest scar (near the underarm), but liposuction is not as effective as other methods in reducing breast volume.
Does having a breast reduction eliminate the possibility of breastfeeding?
The ability to breastfeed can be affected by this procedure. Risk depends on the type of incision used to perform the procedure. Traditional reduction uses a large, anchor-shaped incision that removes a significant number of milk ducts, which can affect the ability to breastfeed. The smaller incisions used in other types reduction surgery are less likely to cause issues with breastfeeding.