Breast reduction surgery is a common solution for problems caused by breast hypertrophy, the medical term for large, drooping breasts. This can affect women of all ages and can occur even among those in good physical shape. Breast hypertrophy can cause neck and back pain by stretching nerves and forcing you to stand and walk differently to compensate for the strain that the weight of your breasts put on your muscles and bones of your back. A woman’s posture is often negatively affected by breast hypertrophy.
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Breast hypertrophy can alter your lifestyle by preventing you from participating in activities that may make you feel self-conscious due to the size of your breasts. Large breasts may prevent you from wearing the style of clothing that you prefer as well as contributing to low self-esteem, rashes under or in between your breasts, breathing problems and skeletal deformities.
Sometimes large breasts can be out of proportion to the rest of your body. Breast reduction surgery with Dr. Rowe, Dr. Pierce or Dr. Schneider can help solve the problems that over-sized breasts can cause.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Dr. Rowe, Dr. Pierce and Dr. Schneider are all plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with offices in New York and New Jersey [LINK to each of our bios]. Breast reduction surgery can be performed with a variety of different techniques. Rowe Plastic Surgery specializes in the short-scar breast reduction technique.
The short-scar technique, also known as the “lollipop incision,” can give better results than older methods with fewer and smaller scars and reduced recovery time. This technique involves making a lollipop-shaped incision in the breast, with a ring around the nipple and a line extending part of the way down the underside of the breast. This allows your surgeon to reduce the size of the breast while giving you a natural and more youthful breast shape. Feeling and function of the nipple usually remains the same as it was prior to your procedure when this technique is used. The size of the areola will also be reduced to match the size of the reduced breasts. During your procedure, your doctor will remove glandular tissue and tighten skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts that are in better proportion to the rest of your body.
If your breasts are very large or droopy or if you would like to go several cup sizes smaller than you are now, you may require a small side-to-side scar on the underside of your breast, hidden in the fold underneath. Even in this case, where other surgeons might use an extensive “Anchor” style scar, our scars are limited through our expertise with the short-scar technique, allowing us to remove the most breast tissue while minimizing the scar. Every breast reduction is tailored to the individual patient – you and your doctor will discuss your goals and the type of breast reduction needed to meet those goals in detail.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed in an outpatient or ambulatory setting under general anesthesia. The surgery itself takes approximately one and a half to two hours, depending on the size of your breasts. During the surgery, we give you an injection of long acting pain medication, similar to a shot of numbing medicine at the dentist but lasting 3-5 days. The night after surgery, you wear a surgical bra home and you may be given surgical drainage tubes for fluid removal. The average recovery time is about one week and is relatively pain-free. Any discomfort experienced after surgery is easily controlled with oral pain relief medication. In virtually all patients, no sutures need to be removed in the office! Most women can return to their normal routine within a week to ten days of their breast reduction operation. We recommend avoiding an underwire bra for one month after the surgery. You should avoid heavy lifting for three to four weeks after your breast reduction and limit contact with breasts to very gentle contact for up to six weeks.
Although occurrences are rare, the risks associated with breast reductions include bleeding, infection, scarring, wound breakdown, reaction to anesthesia, small sores around the nipples, slightly mismatched breasts or slightly uneven nipple placement, and loss of feeling in the nipple and/or breast. Although most women are able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery, some women are unable to breastfeed after surgery. All of these risks will be discussed in detail with your doctor.
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Rowe Plastic Surgery wants to help you get the procedure you need to feel and look your best. A breast reduction can significantly improve quality of life and help with back and shoulder issues. We have great success getting many breast reduction operations covered by health insurance plans. While the amount of coverage does depend on your specific insurance policy, Rowe Plastic Surgery will work with you and your insurance company to get your procedure covered as much as possible by health insurance.