Large breasts can cause major problems, both physically and psychologically. Dealing with a large excess of breast tissue often creates physical and mental burdens, such as pain, postural problems, labored breathing, body aches, breast crease irritation, and difficulty exercising, among other symptoms. It’s also not uncommon for patients with excessive breasts to be subjected to stares, rude comments, and unwelcome attention.
More often than not, oversized or pendulous breasts tend to dominate a woman’s appearance and can make her look disproportionately top-heavy — even overweight in some cases. Plastic surgeon Scott Miller, MD performs breast reduction to reshape large breasts and achieve a naturally beautiful result that is more proportionate to a patient’s body frame. For good candidates, the procedure can be one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries to undergo. Women enjoy an enhanced quality of life after the physical stressors and strains of overly large breasts are diminished through breast reduction.
- What is Breast Reduction?
- Breast Reduction Benefits
- Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Breast Reduction Cost
- Breast Reduction Scars
- Breast Reduction and Breastfeeding
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is designed to make the breast size more manageable, producing a lighter, more proportionate, and rejuvenated aesthetic. Excess skin and breast volume is removed to tighten the breasts, achieving a look that is more harmonious with your body contour. The surgery can improve the symptoms of excessive breasts, which include:
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Skin rashes or bra strap indentations
- Strained breathing
- Poor posture
- Limited ability to exercise or engage in physical activity
- Difficulty shopping or fitting into clothing
- Self-consciousness caused by large breasts
Good candidates for breast reduction include patients with hanging or pendulous breasts. If the nipples and areolas point downward or exist below the breast crease, this can also be an indication for breast reduction. If the functional or aesthetic concerns caused by large breasts are disrupting your life, Dr. Miller would be happy to meet with you and talk about your goals during a consultation.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction enhances the breast appearance and improves the hardships caused by large and heavy breasts. In addition to reduced breast tissue, an oversized areola can be made smaller, and the overall breast can be reshaped to a more aesthetically pleasing contour. Breast reduction generally:
- Creates more proportionate breasts in relation to your figure
- Improves or eliminates the symptoms of large breasts
- Achieves more symmetrical, shapely, and youthful breasts
- Elevates the nipples and areolas
A breast reduction also provides some of the benefits of a breast lift to a certain degree. The final outcome of breast reduction can be long-lasting, but the breasts may still fluctuate in size afterwards with increases in weight gain, use of birth control pills, or pregnancy. Depending on your unique needs, the surgery may impair the ability to breastfeed. Dr. Miller will discuss the risks pertinent to your procedure at the time of consultation.
How is the Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?
The procedure typically takes three to four hours to perform depending on the complexity of your treatment plan. To firm and shape the breasts, excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed and redraped through incisions made horizontally and vertically along the natural contour of the breast. The nipples and areolas, which are attached to the underlying tissue, are moved to a higher, more aesthetic location.
What is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
After surgery, post-operative dressings usually consist of gauze and a surgical bra. These will help to minimize the normal swelling that occurs after the procedure. Medication can control any discomfort, and patients are typically up and walking around after a day or two. As healing progresses, swelling, bruising, and tenderness will subside and most individuals can make a full return to work in about one to two weeks. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately six weeks, or until cleared by Dr. Miller.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
The factors that typically determine the price of breast reduction include the complexity of the procedure, the amount of reduction necessary, and the extent of your concerns. After Dr. Miller evaluates your concerns, our patient care coordinator will give you a personalized quote of your procedure, which will include fees for the surgical facility, anesthesia, post-operative care, and other related expenses.
In the effort to make cosmetic surgery an affordable option for all who desire it, our practice accepts plastic surgery financing from CareCredit®, one of the most popular healthcare lending companies in the country. CareCredit® offers approved patients a variety of low- to no-interest payment plans to choose from, allowing qualified applicants to pay for their breast reduction in smaller installments over a period of time. If you would like to learn more about the price of breast surgery, a member of our team would be happy to answer all of your questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact Miller Cosmetic Surgery today for more information.
Will I Have Breast Reduction Scars?
Scars may remain visible for six months to a year, but continue to fade over time. Dr. Miller is meticulous about incision placement and takes every measure to minimize post-surgical scarring for a naturally beautiful result. If your breast size was only moderately reduced, the scar should blend into the borders of the areola. An additional vertical incision may be placed depending on your needs, resulting in a small scar that extends downward towards the breast crease. For other patients, the scar may appear in an anchor-like fashion around the areola and discreetly along the natural contour of the breast fold. Dr. Miller will let you know what you can expect with regard to scarring when he sees you in a consultation.
Can I Breastfeed After Breast Reduction?
Certain techniques may be employed to increase the chances of preserving nursing function after breast reduction. However, the likelihood of breastfeeding after surgery generally depends on the approach necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals. Many women who receive a breast reduction still retain the ability to breastfeed after surgery, but we generally recommend that patients wait until any future plans for pregnancy and nursing are complete before undergoing a breast reduction. From a cosmetic standpoint, breastfeeding can cause additional skin laxity and volume loss, making the breasts more pendulous than desired. With that said, breastfeeding may technically still be possible depending on how the nipple was repositioned and/or resized, as well as whether the nerves and milk ducts were affected during surgery. Always discuss your desire for future breastfeeding with Dr. Miller so he can tailor the procedure to your unique needs.
Please feel free to peruse Dr. Miller’s cosmetic surgery before-and-after photos from previous breast reduction patients and contact our office for a consultation.