What is Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)?
Women with large breasts often experience physical strain from carrying the excess weight of their breasts. This can result in neck pain, back pain, headaches, rashes and infection underneath the breasts, difficulty breathing and other musculoskeletal problems. Excessively large breasts, in addition to the physical problems, can make a woman feel embarrassed and self-conscious.
The purpose of Breast reduction surgery is to decrease the size of the breast and help mitigate the discomfort associated with the excess weight. A secondary result from the surgery is that women will also get a breast lift at the same time. Unlike breast lift, breast reduction is a usually considered a medical necessary procedure that is covered by most insurance companies.
Who is a good candidate for Breast Reduction?
Many woman that choose to have breast reduction surgery at our plastic surgery practice in Colorado Springs are troubled enough by their large, heavy breasts that they interfere with many daily activities. The weight of the breasts can cause a multitude of physical problems. Along with the physical complaints, overly large breasts can often create psychological distress and social embarrassment. Patients often describe the feeling of being overly self-conscious.
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are mature individuals that are experiencing several of the physical symptoms caused by large breasts. The age of the patient is not a concern with the exception of young woman whose breasts have not completed development. For these patients it is recommended waiting until the breasts are fully grown before proceeding with surgery otherwise they could continue to grow afterwards.
What are the different Breast Reduction Techniques?
There are several different techniques that are available to do reduce the size of ones breast. The basic principles all breast reduction involve:
- Removal of breast tissue and volume.
- Removal of excess skin.
- Tightening of the skin envelope.
- Raising of the nipple and areola to higher position.
The traditional breast reduction involves making several incisions along the lower aspect of the breast to allow removal of the excess breast tissue. After this, the nipple is repositioned to a higher location on the breast. The majority of the excess skin at the lower breast region is removed and tightened. Once complete, there is an incision around the areola, vertical one between the areola and the fold of the breast and an incision along the length of the fold. This often referred to as the “anchor” scar since it appear to be in the shape of an anchor.
There is also vertical breast reduction which is similar in concept with the main difference being the lack of an incision along the fold of the breast. This is usually reserved for patients that are not extremely large. During your consultation with one of plastic surgeon in our Colorado Springs office, Dr. Krishna Dash and Dr. Rupesh Jain, they will assess what type of breast reduction would be best suited for your needs. They will also review the different procedures with you so you are fully aware of what each technique entails.
What is involved with the Breast Reduction Consultation?
After you have contacted our Plastic Surgery office in Colorado Springs our staff will arrange for you to have a consultation with either Dr. Dash or Dr. Jain. At the time of the consultation, they perform a complete history and physical exam. This will include precise measurements of the breast that they will use to design your surgical plan on the day of surgery.
Once your consultation is complete, the billing staff at the Colorado Springs office will contact your insurance company to submit the necessary paperwork and documentation in order to obtain authorization for your surgery. If your insurance company authorizes the surgery the office staff will call you to arrange your preoperative appointments.
The first appointment after your surgery is approved is the preoperative visit where are doctors will do an extensive review of the procedure to obtain your consent for surgery. The next visit is the day before your surgery where they will draw out the surgical marks in preparation for surgery the following day.
Where is Breast Lift Surgery performed in Colorado Springs?
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia with the use of board certified anesthesiologists at one our preferred surgical facilities in Colorado Springs. The surgery can be performed at either a surgery center or one of the local hospitals based on who your insurance company is contracted with. After the surgery is finished patients are allowed to go home the same day.
What are the scars from Breast Reduction Surgery?
To accomplish the goals of breast reduction, incisions are placed on the breasts. The goal of our Colorado Springs plastic surgeons is to resolve you symptoms associated with large breast while optimizing their appearance. They will close your incisions with precision to help reduce the scarring afterwards.
After you are surgery, our physicians will work on improving your scars. There are several options available to help with scarring that they will review with you during your recovery.
Despite any scars that are placed on the breasts, the vast majority of our patients find breast reduction to be very gratifying. They literally feel a weight has been lifted off their chest immediately after surgery. Most patient wish they had done the surgery sooner.
You can view some of our before and after breast reduction photos to see what you can expect after surgery.
What is the recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery?
Most patients having breast reduction with our Colorado Springs office feel the pain is easily manageable with the pain medications that our physicians prescribe. The majority of discomfort is in the first weeks after surgery. Subsequently, the pain becomes minimal that usually does not require the use of narcotic pain medications. The time required off work is variable based on the duties of your job. Our doctors will review your activity restrictions during each phase of your recovery to help you decide the amount of time needed off work.
Our doctors will see you in our Colorado Springs plastic surgery office to monitor you closely during your recovery. They will give you instructions on how to manage your incisions as well as what activities are safe to perform. Unlike many surgeons office, our plastic surgeons will assess you at every follow up appointment themselves.
What are the results from Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is considered to be one of the most gratifying plastic surgery procedures by patients. It is very common for our physicians to hear from their patients after breast reduction that it was the best decision they have ever made. They find it remarkable how much better they feel and how much easier most activities are after surgery. They also find exercising to be less burdensome thus making it easier for them to lose weight. Women also feel much more confident with an improved self-image afterwards.
Feel free to contact our Plastic Surgery office in Colorado Springs or call us at (719) 535-9990 to schedule your free cosmetic surgery consultation.