If your breasts are large, heavy and out of shape or proportion, it can cause discomfort and related complications. You may be unhappy with your appearance or suffer back, neck, and shoulder pain or other problems.
Breast reduction gives your breasts a more natural look, feel and balance while easing associated concerns. In addition to removing excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue, the surgeon lifts and reshapes breasts.
At Faith Regional Physician Services in Norfolk, Nebraska, breast reduction is done by a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. You’re cared for by a doctor with specialized education, training, and experience. Your surgeon uses methods that enhance the appearance and reduce visible scars for results that are a good fit for you.
Is Breast Reduction Right for You?
Breast reduction procedures can resolve many problems associated with large, heavy or sagging breasts. It can help if you’re bothered by breast shape, size, and appearance, or if you experience symptoms like these:
- Breast pain at rest or when exercising
- Difficulty performing ordinary activities
- Emotional distress related to breast condition
- Poor posture
- Rash beneath breasts
- Sagging breasts
- Shoulder, neck, or back pain
- Shoulder pain from bra straps
In some instances, insurers will cover breast reduction because of related health complications. Check with your insurance provider to learn more.
If you’re thinking about breast reduction, you can meet with a plastic surgeon at Faith Regional free of charge. Your doctor will discuss your concerns and whether surgery can help. The doctor will consider your body type, breast and chest size, breast features, and condition. You’ll receive personalized recommendations and answers.
Consultations may include discussing before-and-after images similar to what you have in mind. At Faith Regional, we have 3D computer-simulated imaging that helps you to see and discuss realistic previews of your desired results.
Breast Surgery Risks
Breast reduction surgery is safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon at Faith Regional. Any surgery presents some risks, such as infection, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or other complications. Possible risks include:
- Breast asymmetry
- Breasts too firm
- Change in nipple size
- Changes in sensation or pigmentation
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue beneath the skin)
- Fluid buildup
- Irregular shape
- Need for revision surgery
Your doctor will help you weigh these and other considerations based on your condition and procedure.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Before breast reduction, you’ll schedule an appointment with your surgeon to evaluate your health and condition. This visit may include a physical exam, medical history review, and other individualized evaluation. The doctor will tell you how to prepare and what to expect, including recovery and follow-up care.
Most breast reductions can be done as outpatient surgery in a Faith Regional surgery center. Surgery may take about three hours. Before surgery, you can ask your surgeon about any last-minute questions or concerns.
- You may get medication, including something to help you feel comfortable. You’ll receive IV sedation or general anesthesia, delivered through a mask.
- The plastic surgeon makes one or more incisions as discussed during initial office visits. Surgical methods vary depending on breast size, condition, and treatment plans
- In some instances, where breast size is mostly fatty tissue without a lot of excess skin, the doctor can use liposuction to help diminish breast size.
- The surgeon repositions the nipple, which remains attached to its blood and nerve supply. If necessary, as discussed in pre-surgery consultation, the surgeon may reduce the size of the areola.
- The surgeon removes breast tissue and lifts and shapes breasts. For certain conditions such as large, drooping breasts, the surgeon may need to remove and transplant the nipple and areola (free nipple graft), so they’re positioned higher on the breast.
- The surgeon closes incisions, layering sutures deep within the breast which helps shape and support your breasts. The doctor may use surgical sutures, adhesive, or tape to close the skin before applying dressings or bandages.
- Once the surgery is completed on both breasts, you’re monitored in the recovery room as you awaken.
After Breast Reduction
Your doctor will evaluate your condition and discuss these and other steps:
- You’ll receive instructions and medications to promote healing and lower infection risk.
- You can wear an elastic bandage or support bra to limit swelling and support breasts as they heal.
- Your doctor will tell you about healing and recovery, including warning signs of infection or other complications. It’s important to report unusual symptoms to your doctor right away.
Breast Reduction Results
You should see improved breast shape and size immediately after your procedure.
- You’ll have some swelling and discomfort that go away as tissues heal.
- You can expect scars, but they’ll fade significantly over time. They’re usually easily concealed by a bra or swimsuit.
- Changes in your skin, weight, pregnancy, or hormones can affect breast appearance. Your doctor may discuss these and other effects, such as breastfeeding or mammogram changes.
- Most people report improved body image and confidence. With healthy lifestyle choices, results are lasting.
Your Plastic Surgery Team
At Faith Regional, your plastic surgeon, a specialized nurse and other healthcare professionals such as an advanced care practitioner and aesthetician may be involved in your care.
Schedule a Consultation
You can reach us at 402-844-8167, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online to schedule an appointment.