WHAT IS Breast Reduction?
While there are numerous women who desire a larger bustline, there are just as many who wish for smaller breasts that don't get in the way of their daily lives and comfort. This is because abnormally large breasts can cause social and functional challenges for women, bringing about issues with self-confidence, embarrassment, and aches and pains. To help Doylestown, PA patients achieve a reduced, feminine bust, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino offers breast reduction surgery. This aesthetic procedure at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery reduces excess fat, tissue, and skin to reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. Breast reduction surgery also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and repositions them so they look natural with the patient's new breast size. In some situations, a breast lift is performed along with reduction surgery to produce a more taut and younger-looking appearance.
WHO GETS BREAST REDUCTION?
If you suffer from excessively large breasts that get in the way of everyday life, cosmetic breast reduction may be a good option to achieve the smaller bust of your desires. This surgery is an effective procedure for women who experience constant frustration or cannot lead a fulfilling and active life due to the heaviness of their breasts. If you also have ongoing skin rashes or irritations (as well as back pain), this surgery can eliminate these annoyances. It's important that patients are at a normal weight and choose an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, who listens to their aesthetic goals and has the training to create a normal and natural appearance.
HOW IS BREAST REDUCTION DONE?
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery depends on many factors, including the incision type, the general reduction technique, and the amount of tissue removal needed. Nipple and areola repositioning will also be a factor. Typically, liposuction is used for fat and tissue elimination to decrease the breast size. During your initial consultation, all of these factors will be addressed with Dr. Tamburrino. The topic of scarring is also carefully examined and talked through as it is common to occur. However, modern techniques have led to a noticeable reduction in overall scarring. Depending on the complexity of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be made. The breast tissue will be removed, and the surrounding skin and tissue will be tightened.
What to Expect
After surgery, patients will be monitored closely in our private recovery facility and then sent home to heal. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be inserted near the surgical site to help control bleeding. A medical sports bra will be provided for several days to improve blood flow to the breasts during the initial phase of the healing period. After about a month, the breasts will position themselves and settle and the post-op effects will disappear. The vast selection of our patients at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery say they feel relieved, lighter, and more self-assured. After breast reduction surgery, you can enjoy the clothes you could not wear before and feel excited about your new look. Keep in mind, it is important to maintain a healthy weight so the outcomes are not affected in a negative way.
BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY FAQS
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance may pay part of the cost of your surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, please inform Dr. Tamburrino so he can help with your insurance claim. You should contact your insurance company to find out if your policy might pay for surgery and get the information they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely make this decision based on measurements, like your height, weight, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI).
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a higher position during breast reduction surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved. Dr. Tamburrino will select a technique, like the anchor incision so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. It is also possible to perform an areolatome to reduce the size of the areolas. All of these options will be explained during your consultation before Dr. Tamburrino helps you decide on the best treatment plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women may still be able to breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It is difficult to know whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Tamburrino recommends that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts may get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it's better to be at a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery that you can easily maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you should do afterward to ensure your results last.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Tamburrino has helped countless women reclaim their health for a fuller life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your consultation at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Tamburrino will talk through all of your potential options to help you attain your aesthetic desires and tailor a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. There's no need to continue simply accepting the discomfort and lack of confidence that can come with having overlarge breasts. We welcome you to call our office in Doylestown, PA to learn more about life-changing breast reduction surgery.