When most people think of breast surgery, they immediately think big. And yes, breast augmentation is commonplace, but the opposite kind of surgery is gaining popularity: Breast Reduction.
Breast reduction surgery is a concept many people can’t comprehend, but for a woman with overly large breasts — or breasts too large for her frame — daily life can be a struggle. Back and neck pain, poor posture, difficulty exercising, trouble finding clothing that fits, and unwanted attention are very real issues for these women.
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that removes excess tissue while reshaping the breasts for a smaller, but still natural and youthful appearance. While sometimes considered a cosmetic surgery, the procedure can also have real health benefits, particularly by instantly easing back pain. Everyday activities become easier and more comfortable, leading to an across the board improvement in quality of life. Women who undergo breast reduction often find their confidence and self-esteem soar afterwards. No wonder why, this cosmetic surgery have gained popularity among women of all parts of the world including breast implants Houston, Chicago, New York and Miami.
Before you decide to undergo a breast reduction in Miami, you will need to meet with our Medical Director Dr. Sergio Alvarez or one of his elite surgeons for an in-person consultation. This meeting is very important for your understanding, safety, and comfort. You will discuss your overall goals for the procedure, and your mia Aesthetics doctor will weigh in with questions and advice to start the planning process for the surgery and help you decide what is right for you.
Once you’ve established the specifics of what you want to accomplish, the surgeon will help you determine your candidacy for breast reduction, ensuring the procedure will be safe and a good fit for your needs. Use the consultation time as an opportunity to get to know the doctor and ask any questions you have about the procedure.
Candidates for breast reduction are women. (Men can get breast reduction too, but it is considered a different procedure.) Candidates have fully developed breasts and are bothered by excessively large and/or heavy breasts which may droop. Prospective patients will need to be in good health, non-smoking (or willing to quit) and should be realistic about the expected results and risks of the procedure. It is helpful to take a look at a variety of before and after photos to know what typical results look like. Any questions you have about your candidacy will be discussed during the consultation with your mia Aesthetics doctor.
Breast reduction can be done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the patient’s individual needs and the extent of the surgery. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
Incisions are usually made around the areola (skin surrounding the nipple), extending straight down to the bottom of the breast, and ending horizontally in the breast crease. However, this incision may be more limited in cases where less breast tissue needs to be removed.
After the incisions are made, the surgeon will remove excess breast gland, fat, and skin from each breast, shaping and lifting throughout the process. Finally, the incisions will be closed with sutures. The entire surgery can be quite long—often lasting between 3-5 hours, on average.
Breast reduction patients heal at different rates, but most people will need to take 1-2 weeks off of work for the initial healing period. Immediately after the surgery, dressings will be applied, and patients will need to start wearing a support/compression bra to help aid in healing and keep swelling down. Swelling and discomfort are initially expected, but prescribed pain medication will keep discomfort under control. The swelling will subside over the weeks and months after surgery. Sutures will be removed in 1-2 weeks, and patients need to continue wearing support garments for as long as their surgeon advises.
Exercise, bending, and lifting anything more than small or light objects must be avoided for at least a few weeks following surgery. Once the incisions have healed, patients can gradually resume normal activities, as allowed by surgeon instructions.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon can be an intimidating process, but it’s the most important decision you’ll make regarding your breast reduction or any cosmetic procedure. Choose a qualified plastic surgeon with the experience and flexibility to give you the results you want. You’ll need to meet with several potential surgeons before you make a decision, and it’s a good idea to do extensive research when choosing prospective surgeons for your consultations. Aside from technical skill and safety protocols, make sure to choose a surgeon you trust. Look at their before and after photos. Ask your questions. Be thorough.
Will breast reduction prevent future breastfeeding?
Breast surgery always has the potential to cause an inability to breastfeed. That said, women are frequently able to breastfeed normally after the procedure. Plastic surgeons are careful to try to preserve breast functionality during surgery, but there are no guarantees. Patients need to accept this risk if they decide to move forward with a breast reduction. You and your surgeon should discuss your individual risk before the procedure. The risk depends on the type of reduction performed, and you should be as informed as possible before making a decision.
What kind of scarring can I expect from breast reduction?
As with all surgery, breast reduction does result in some scarring. Incisions will be placed as discreetly as possible, but most women do experience some visible scarring. Your surgeon will make these scars as inconspicuous as can be, and they will fade over the months following surgery. But some scarring is a tradeoff for the comfort and aesthetic benefits of a breast reduction.
What are the risks of breast reduction?
In a perfect world, surgery would be risk-free. As it stands, risks involved with breast reduction are minimal but still possible. Some potential complications from the surgery include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Loss of breast tissue
- Unfavorable healing/excessive scarring
- Loss of sensitivity
The steps you’ll need to minimize your risk are simple: choose a reputable plastic surgeon to perform your surgery, and don’t ignore your care instructions pre- and post-operatively. The after-care portion of your surgery can affect your final result.
Can a breast reduction be combined with other surgeries?
Yes. While a breast reduction does lift the breasts somewhat, reduction surgery may be combined with an actual breast lift for more extensive drooping and sagging breast tissue. Breast enhancement procedures are very customizable, and your surgeon will help you decide which procedure or procedures are indicated for achieving your goals.