Many women seek breast reduction surgery because their large or heavy breasts cause them pain, interfere with daily activities or sports, and/or affect the way that clothing fits. Breast reduction patients have experienced a restored sense of self-confidence and an overall improvement to their quality of life as a result of this procedure.
Women who undergo breast reduction can usually relate to one or more of the following:
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to the body
- Nipples that point downward
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
- Physical limitations caused by heavy breasts
- Skin irritation beneath the breasts
The Ideal Breast Reduction Candidate
Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who have realistic expectations for the procedure, do not smoke, and are physically and mentally healthy. Breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age, but it is usually recommended to wait until breast development is complete. Subsequent childbirth and breastfeeding may have an impact on the results of breast reduction surgery. This procedure may also interfere with future breastfeeding success, but many factors can contribute to this.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Hiatt will thoroughly review all procedure steps, options, and risks involved with breast reduction surgery. He will also review your health and medical history to make sure this procedure is right for you.
View Dr. Hiatt’s breast reduction before and after photos to get an idea of the results you can expect.
Breast Reduction Procedure Steps
The technique that Dr. Hiatt uses during breast reduction will depend on individual factors and your personal preferences.
The breasts are commonly reduced utilizing three incisions:
- an incision around the areola,
- a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the crease under the breast, and
- an incision along the natural breast crease.
After excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed from the breast, the skin that was once located above the nipple will be brought down and together to give the breast a smaller, tighter shape. The nipple remains attached to the underlying tissue during the procedure, which may preserve the patient’s ability to breastfeed in the future. The areola is also reduced in size at this time.
Breast Reduction Recovery
The length of recovery time with breast reduction surgery will vary depending on the technique used and the way the your body responds to the procedure. Swelling and bruising will be apparent for the first two weeks and can sometimes last for several weeks after surgery. You will most likely be instructed to sleep on your back and to wear a compression bra to help with swelling. Strenuous activity must be avoided the first week after surgery. Loss of sensation in the nipple area is not common, but if this occurs, it will usually improve over time.
Breast Reduction Risks
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks involved with breast reduction surgery. These include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in skin sensation
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Poor wound healing
- Scarring Breast
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies depending on many factors, including the technique used and where your surgeon is geographically located. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the national average surgeon fee for female breast reduction surgery was $5,317 in 2011. However, this number does not include the cost of anesthesia, the surgical facility, or the cost of any medical tests or prescriptions. You will receive the most accurate breast reduction cost estimate during your initial consultation.
If you would like to learn more about the breast reduction procedure in Mesa, AZ, please schedule a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Karl B. Hiatt by calling (480) 844-1410 or filling out our online consultation form today. Dr. Hiatt looks forward to meeting you!