About Breast Reduction
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon understands that the breasts undergo changes secondary to hormonal stimulation of puberty, pregnancy, and lactation. In some women, breasts attain very large sizes and this can cause self-image concerns, interference with daily activities by causing upper back pain, and postural changes to the upper torso. In addition, the nipple and areola of larger breasts typically occupy a lower position on the breast mound, which is not aesthetically pleasing. A breast reduction removes excess chest tissue and skin along with reshaping of the breasts. This gives an elevated appearance with a breast size that is more proportionate to the individual’s overall body profile. Stretched-out areolas can also be reduced to a smaller size during a breast reduction. If you are interested in learning more, call Solomon Plastic Surgery in Frisco, TX today to schedule a private consultation.
Women who have back pain, activity restrictions, or self-image concerns due to overly large breasts are good candidates for this procedure. Ideal patients are nonsmokers who are in overall good health, are typically past childbearing, and are at a healthy weight. Individuals who are overweight should consider losing weight before proceeding with this procedure, as weight loss can decrease breast size and provide symptomatic relief.
A breast reduction surgically removes and rearranges excess breast tissue while maintaining a healthy blood flow to the nipple areola complex. It also repositions the nipple to a higher location on the chest wall. Modern techniques allow the nipple to be left attached to the underlying breast tissue in order to move it together as one block of tissue for optimal results. In spite of this, most women can successfully breastfeed but some may have difficulty doing so.
There are several surgical methods that can be used to achieve a breast reduction. The most common methods are superior, medial, inferior, and lateral. The specific technique that will be used for your procedure will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation. Dr. Solomon usually prefers the medial method as opposed to the traditional inferior method, as it typically produces better contours and projection. Strategic methods will be used to hide or diminish the appearance of scarring but depending on the method used, surgical scars may be more prominent in some cases.
What to Expect
Typically, patients will be free to go home after a few hours but sometimes an overnight stay is required. The initial recovery period generally takes about 7 – 10 days, but after that time patients are usually able to return to their normal routine. However, strenuous activity should be restricted for the next 4 – 6 weeks for optimal healing. After the procedure, post-operative care instructions will be given and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled about one week from the surgery. Although optimal results take time, the outcomes are long lasting and yield a stunning, symmetrical profile. It’s important to maintain a stable weight, as weight fluctuation can alter these results.
You should have realistic expectations when undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Although a breast reduction can significantly reduce the size of the breasts, the overall cup size is an approximation. Also, breast reduction surgery will not decrease your chances of getting breast cancer. Patients should continue to practice preventive care such as undergoing regular check-ups and routine screenings. Mammograms are routinely performed preoperatively in all patients undergoing breast reduction over age 40 and in younger patients with a family history of breast cancer.
Get Relief Today
If you suffer from back pain, skin chaffing, or overall discomfort from overly large breasts, call our cosmetic practice in Frisco, TX today. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Solomon can help create a customized treatment plan to achieve the new shape you desire.
Your Consultation with Dr. Solomon
During your consultation, Dr. Solomon will talk with you about your expectations, whether you are a good candidate for a breast reduction, and what to expect during and after surgery. Contact Dr. Solomon’s office today to schedule your consultation.