Recovery: 1-2 weeks
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that reduces the size of your breasts and makes your breasts more proportional to your body. The goal is to make your breasts more proportionate to your body and habitus while reducing their size and weight. The result is relief of the issues associated with very large breasts. One can expect decreased back, neck, and shoulder pain. Grooving caused by bra straps cutting into the shoulders is ameliorated. Patients often experience an improvement in posture.
Breast reduction is sometimes considered a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure, which means it can sometimes be covered by your insurance company. Many patients experience stress caused by breasts that are weighing heavily on their body, causing back and neck pain and bad posture. Breast reduction surgery can provide you with relief from these symptoms and also improve the overall shape of your breasts as they will be smaller, firmer and ultimately lighter.
What can a breast reduction do for me?
- My breasts are too large
- My breasts are asymmetrical
- I have back, neck, and shoulder pain
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Candidates for breast reduction are healthy individuals and nonsmokers. If you do smoke, you must quit for a minimum of six weeks following surgery. Patients can benefit from the breast reduction if they suffer from physical or emotional discomfort due to large breasts. Successful candidates are those who have realistic expectations about what can be achieved and are able to maintain a positive outlook. In order to maintain long-lasting results, patients should maintain their weight and not plan to get pregnant in the near future.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Breast reduction involves decreasing the size of the breasts by tailoring the breast envelope and decreasing the amount of breast gland. During this process, the nipple is lifted to its ideal position on what will be the new breast mound. Breast reduction can be performed through a scar around the areola or with a lollipop incision. Sometimes, depending on the size of the breast and incision is also needed in the inframammary fold.
You should plan to take 1-2 weeks off work for your breast reduction procedure. During your recovery, you will be provided with certain exercise restrictions to ensure proper healing. If you have a desk job that does not require much movement, you will likely be able to return to work sooner. However, if your job required more strenuous activity, you might need more time off. Dr. Kayastha can discuss how long you should plan to take off work during your consultation so you can feel fully prepared.
Breast reduction surgery takes 2 ½-4 hours. It’s performed in the hospital using general anesthesia. You will be able to go home the day of your breast reduction procedure but should have someone there to drive you home and care for you for the first 24 hours. Recovery will then take 1-2 weeks with several months to show the final results of your procedure.