Dr. Robert W. DeConti, M.D., a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Here the Doctor has answered some of the common questions bizymoms visitors have about breast reduction.
Q. What is breast reduction surgery?
A. A breast reduction is designed to remove excess skin and breast tissue in order to correct excessively large, sagging, pendulous breasts. The procedure also improves the shape of the breast. Breast Reduction surgery produces the greatest satisfaction of all procedures performed by plastic surgeons.
Q. Who is a good candidate for a breast reduction?
A. Large breasts can interfere with normal activities, cause neck, back, and breast pain, deformities of the shoulders and back, and rashes under the breasts. Surgery is extremely successful for those patients with these symptoms.
Q. What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?
A. The procedure improves the shape of the breast. Breast Reduction surgery produces the greatest satisfaction of all procedures performed by plastic surgeons.
Q. What are the risks involved of breast reduction surgery?
A. After the surgery you may experience a temporary change in nipple and breast sensation. This usually improves gradually. Complications associated with this procedure include bleeding, infection, and inability to breast-feed. Less common risks include loss of nipple sensation, loss of tissue and nipple necrosis.
Q. What does breast reduction surgery involve?
A. Breast reduction surgery is performed by making predefined incisions in the breasts to remove excess skin and tissue. The nipple is then elevated and the remaining tissue is redraped and closed. There is generally a vertical scar beneath the nipple, a horizontal scar under the breast where it meets the chest wall, and a scar surrounding the areola (the pigmented skin immediately surrounding the nipple). Liposuction of the different areas of the chest may be performed in order to improve the contour. Other techniques may be performed depending on your anatomy or your surgeon's preference
Q. What should one expect after breast reduction surgery?
A. After the operation, you will wear a soft bra for support. Swelling and discoloration may occur but will disappear. Stitches are removed in ten to fourteen days. Activities are limited for the first few days. One can usually return to work in one week. Strenuous activity is limited for six weeks after surgery.
Q. How much does a breast reduction cost?
A. Breast reduction is about $7000. This includes operating room, anesthesia, and procedure fees.