A breast reduction is a procedure that removes excess breast fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Women with excessively large breasts that are too large in proportion to their body frame can greatly benefit from breast reduction. These women not only complain about their appearance but they also suffer from physical symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, bra marks on the shoulders from the excessive weight, and recurrent skin rashes. Breast reduction surgery can solve these problems and dramatically improve the appearance of the breast.
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Candidates for a Breast Reduction
A good candidate for a breast reduction procedure is a patient who is physically healthy and has realistic expectations. Patients who are bothered by feeling that their breasts are too large are also candidates. If you feel the following symptoms below, you should also consider a breast reduction:
- Have breasts that limit your physical activity
- Experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
- Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Techniques and Scaring
Various breast lift techniques can be utilized depending on each patient’s breast size and shape. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will choose the technique most appropriate for the individual patient. Although each technique leaves a different kind of scar, the scars of a breast reduction procedure usually depend on the shape of the breast and the amount of tissue.
Within time, most scars will fade; however, scar visibility can vary. We do recommend medical grade scar products that can help minimize the appearance of the scar and there are other laser treatments that can help as well.
Breast Reduction Recovery and Results
Breast reduction patients can go home the same day of their surgery. Patients will typically need assistance at home for the first to two days; however, they can go back to performing moderate activities within a week to ten days. Vigorous activities such as sports and activities involving arm movement should be avoided for four to six weeks. Patients may return to all their normal activities in about 3 months.
For most patients, the results of breast reduction will last for a long time. However, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding may affect the shape of the breast and the breast reduction results. In these cases, the patient may choose to undergo a second operation to restore the breast’s shape.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Breast reduction procedures are considered outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia. Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.