Do you suffer from back, shoulder, or neck pain as a result of heavy breasts? Do you find it difficult to find clothes that fit properly? Do you suffer from chronic rashes and skin breakdown in the folds under your breasts? Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, can provide permanent relief and a more proportionate figure, as well as a more pleasing shape to the breasts.
Dr. Ledding has performed numerous successful breast reductions. Every patient is unique, however, so he will spend time with you during your initial consultation and examination to discuss your options and his recommended surgical plan for you.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
If your breasts are large, and you have indentations on your shoulders from your bra straps, as well as neck/shoulder/back pain, you are probably a good candidate for a breast reduction. Even if the physical issues are mild, you may be a good candidate if you feel self-conscious about your large breasts and simply wish your figure to have better proportion.
Is Breast Reduction an Outpatient Procedure?
Breast reduction is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia, but it is an outpatient procedure in almost all cases. This means you should be able to go home the same day. In rare cases, an overnight stay in the hospital is necessary.
What Incisions Are Used For Breast Reduction?
There are three incisions necessary for most breast reductions: (1) around the areolas (the darker area surrounding the nipples), (2) vertically from the bottom of the areolas to the crease under the breasts, and (3) rarely, horizontally along the crease under the breasts.
What Happens During the Breast Reduction Procedure?
During the surgery, Dr. Ledding removes excess tissue to reshape the breasts, making them smaller. The areolas and nipples may also be reshaped, if necessary. This is done if the areolas have stretched so that they are no longer round or if the areolas are too large for the new, smaller breast size. The areolas and nipples are also raised to a higher position so that they are in the center of your reshaped breasts.
What Happens Immediately After Breast Reduction?
After some time spent in the recovery room following your surgery, you will be allowed to go home. You will need someone to drive you, however.
You will be given a support bra to wear for six to eight weeks after your surgery, as well as instructions for caring for your incisions.
When Can I Return to Work After Breast Reduction?
Most women take about two to three weeks off from sedentary work and resume exercise or sports activities in six to eight weeks. If your occupation is physically demanding, you may need six to eight weeks off work as well.
What Post-Operative Symptoms Can I Expect After Breast Reduction?
Your recovery will include some bruising, a feeling of tightness, and pain for a couple of weeks. You can take prescription or non-prescription medications to ease you through this period.
Swelling takes a bit longer to resolve, gradually improving over a period of weeks. If you sleep sitting up for a few nights, you will probably feel more comfortable and might even reduce the initial swelling. You should avoid sleeping on your sides for a period of six to eight weeks. You will not be able to tell your final bra size until about six to twelve months after your surgery, so we advise that you not purchase many new bras until that time.
The wrinkling of your lower breast will resolve in around a year, and in rare cases needs further surgery.
You will see Dr. Ledding for follow-up examinations.
Are There Scars After Breast Reduction?
There are scars after breast reduction, but they will fade and become smoother during the months following your surgery. We can also provide products that will aid in their healing.
Contact our office for a consultation to discuss breast reduction with Dr. Ledding.