Your Breast Reduction Questions Answered

Your Breast Reduction Questions Answered

While breast augmentations seem to grab the headlines in Hollywood and on the news channels, breast reduction surgery is performed in increasing numbers.  In many cases, this procedure is even covered by insurance when it is related to other health issues and concerns.  If you have large breasts which are causing neck and back pain, you might be a great candidate for a breast reduction surgery.

There are several options for incisions for the procedure, and each case is different.  We’ll work with you to determine the best course of treatment based on your own situation. 

Some women opt for a “scarless” procedure, in which liposuction is used to reduce the size of the breasts through tiny incisions just large enough to fit the liposuction cannula.  This procedure only works well if there is little breast droop and the breast is not too dense.  In reality, most people are not ideal candidates for this procedure.  More commonly, excess breast tissue must be removed to resize and reshape the breasts.

We require all patients who are smokers to give up cigarettes and nicotine for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to having breast reduction surgery.  This delicate procedure requires that the blood supply to breast not be interrupted.  Nicotine does impede blood flow, and therefore compromises healing.  We want you to have the best recovery possible.

In most cases, breast reduction surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis.  The procedure generally lasts 2-3 hours, and patients can go home to recover later in the day after their procedure.  It’s important to have a good support system and caretakers in place in the days after the procedure.

Recovery from a breast reduction procedure can be difficult.  We recommend all patients take at least one week off work to fully heal.  Pain and discomfort should be expected after the procedure.  Most patients generally find that they are able to resume normal activities, including lifting 6 weeks after the procedure.

If you are considering a breast reduction, give our offices a call to schedule a consultation.  We often hear that the best way to make a decision is to speak directly with Dr. Yates.