About Breast Reduction Surgery
Excessively large breasts can create physical and social concerns for women. In addition, overly large and unbalanced breasts can create self-confidence issues and overall embarrassment, as well as neck, shoulder and back pain. Dr. Steven Gordon is a board-certified plastic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX who helps countless women rebuild their confidence and enjoy an active lifestyle through breast reduction. This procedure at Gordon Plastic Surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. It also reshapes the size of the areolas and nipples and repositions them so they appear normal with the new size. In most cases, a breast lift is implemented to produce a tighter and healthier appearance.
If you are challenged with heavy and overly large breasts that create obstacles in your everyday life, a breast reduction may be a good option to achieve the contour you want. This surgery is helpful for women who experience anxiety or cannot live a fulfilled and active life because of the weight of their breasts. If you also deal with consistent skin rashes or irritations, this surgery can eliminate these medical conditions. It is important that patients are at a healthy weight and find a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Gordon, who listens to their aesthetic goals and has the training to produce a natural appearance.
Breast Reduction Reviews
A breast reduction is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery depends on a variety of factors, including the incision type, the overall reduction technique, and finally, the amount of tissue removal needed. The areola and nipple area repositioning is another factor. Occasionally, liposuction is utilized for fat elimination to reduce breast size. During the private consultation, all of these aspects are addressed with Dr. Gordon. Incision placement and resultant scar visibility is discussed in detail. Based on the intricacy of the reduction, either an anchor or a straight line (vertical) incision will be made. Breast fat and tissue will then be removed, and the existing skin and tissue will be pulled and lifted.
What to Expect
Once the surgery is complete, patients are typically observed closely overnight in the hospital and then discharged home to heal. Small drainage tubes are used at both breasts to remove excess fluid and will be removed at follow up appointment. You will in a soft surgical bra with another provided to exchange at home. You will be allowed to get the breasts wet in the shower after two days. Most of our patients at Gordon Plastic Surgery say that there is not significant post operative pain but rather early improvement of the preoperative symptoms. After breast reduction surgery, you can enjoy the clothes you so desire and feel confident with your new figure. Remember, it is still important to maintain a healthy body weight so the outcomes are not affected in a negative way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance might cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, tell Dr. Gordon so he can help with your claim. You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy might cover the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance might need measurements, like your weight, height, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a higher position during breast reduction surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin are being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved a free nipple graft. These different methods will be discussed in detail during you consultation with Dr Gordon.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed. Although some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will interfere with breastfeeding.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it is helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery that is easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Gordon will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Gordon has helped so many women reclaim their health for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your first visit to Gordon Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gordon will go over all of the options to reach your aesthetic desires and create a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. There is no reason to continue simply accepting the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany oversized breasts. We invite you to call our practice in The Woodlands, TX to learn more about this exceptional breast reduction procedure.