What is a breast reduction?
For many women, large, heavy breasts can be a source of pain and discomfort, restrict activities and lead to posture problems. Over time, overly large breasts can also lead to chronic lower back pain and shoulder pain, shoulder strap furrows and even hand numbness and difficulty breathing.
A breast reduction surgery or breast augmentation reduces the size and weight of the breasts, relieving a woman from pain and discomfort, correcting or preventing further problems and allowing her to enjoy activities that she might have otherwise not been able to because of her breast size.
Breast reductions are most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Reduce the size of overdeveloped breasts
- Remove excess fat and skin to create proportionate, well-shaped breasts
- Improve quality of life and self-confidence
- Create natural, long lasting results
- Relieve pain, discomfort and physical restrictions
- Improve the overall balance and proportion of the body
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Surgery
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if breast reduction is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results, examine you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about the breast reduction process. If you are considering having children in the future, you should discuss this with your doctor during your consultation.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your procedure, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance you may need 24 hours after surgery.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. A breast reduction surgery typically takes two to five hours depending on the complexity of the procedure and if it is performed in combination with other procedures to enhance results.
Step 4 Recovery
Plenty of rest, sleeping on your back and avoiding strenuous activity are strongly recommended for the first few days after surgery. Most patients are back to work within two weeks, but it is important to remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
While results vary based on the individual, breast reduction patients typically enjoy smaller, firmer and more comfortable breasts. Breasts are better positioned, more shapely and proportionate to the rest of the body. Patients are also able to play sports, exercise and enjoy other physical activities that may have previously caused pain or discomfort. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: Is a breast reduction right for me?
If you find that the size and weight of your breasts cause you pain and discomfort and restrict your movement and ability to participate in certain physical activities, a breast reduction may be the right option for you. All breast reduction candidates must be 18 years or older and in good health with no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my breast reduction procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform breast reduction surgery, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast reduction procedures. In fact, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeries are the most commonly performed procedures at RTH. Our doctor spends the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover a breast reduction?
Insurance companies will sometimes cover a breast reduction if it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my breast reduction have a natural result?
RTH plastic surgeons have improved and refined minimally invasive techniques for breast reductions. With our short-scar technique, you can experience little or no scarring. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on your body type and habits. Typically, you can expect breast reduction results to be long lasting if you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.
Q: What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Other risks associated with breast reduction surgery may include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Firmness around the breast
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin sensitivity
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my breast reduction to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services to enhance your desired results such as a Breast Reduction and Lift or liposuction. RTH also offers the option of combining your breast reduction with a skin resurfacing laser treatment, which promotes collagen growth under the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance.