What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
A breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed from the body. Many of our female patients at Spiro Plastic Surgery turn to breast reduction surgery to achieve a breast size that is more proportional and alleviate any discomfort caused by having large, heavy breasts. If you are thinking about a breast reduction, it’s important to know more about the procedure, including reasons for the surgery, what the procedure entails, and recovery time.
Reasons for a Breast Reduction
Physical activity limitations, back and neck pain, difficulty breathing and sleeping, and not being able to find properly fitting clothing are just some of the reasons our female patients choose to undergo a breast reduction. Most of our patients who come in for a reduction are struggling with their breast size due to health issues or personal preference.
About the Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction journey begins with an initial consultation, where you will discuss the following items:
- Reasons for the surgery and your expectations
- Medical issues, including current medications, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Previous surgeries
- Current health status
- Risks or potential complications
This will allow our team to create an individualized plan that will help you get the outcome you desire.
Breast reduction surgery requires you to be under general anesthesia and typically lasts between two to five hours. The procedure will begin with a cut around your nipple then downward, in the form of a keyhole. From there, the operating team will remove the extra skin, tissue, and fat before repositioning your nipple. Your surgeon will stitch up your breasts and wrap them in a special gauze to complete the surgery. For the best results, our team generally performs a breast lift in conjunction with the reduction, and liposuction techniques to further improve the breast shape.
Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery
After you’re surgery, it will take two to six weeks for you to fully recover from the procedure. Within two weeks after the reduction, your stitches will be removed. You may experience tenderness, swelling and bruising, which will gradually fade over time. As the surgical area heals, you may also experience some dryness and itching.
During your recovery, it’s important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure your breasts heal properly. This may require you to take off work for the first two weeks after the procedure, and to avoid any strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting. Depending on how fast your wounds heal will depend on how long you will need to keep the dressings on your breasts.
Breast Reduction Surgery Near You
If you’re interested in a breast reduction, come to our office in West Orange, NJ. Our team at Spiro Plastic Surgery can help you achieve your desired results. Please contact us today to book your consultation or for more information on our breast reduction procedure. We look forward to hearing from you!
We take pride in what patients say about us
As a 17 year old, I was so scared and nervous about having a breast reduction. I really wanted to go through with it but didn’t know what to expect. My 34 F breasts kept me from doing a lot of things that I wanted to. As a high school athlete I had to wear 2-3 bras to keep me comfortable while running and jumping. Thank you for making me relaxed in a situation that was weird for a teenager. You were so kind and gentle that I didn’t feel awkward at all. I’m so happy I had the reduction. I can now walk into Victoria’s Secret and buy a bra off of the rack, my clothes fit so much better, and I can wear a bikini!!! Thanks again! You are awesome.
I wanted to reach out and say thank you for the incredible work you did in my breast reduction surgery. I was very hesitant to undergo the procedure at first but after talking to you and your staff, I felt like I was in such good hands and that made my decision that much easier. And it was definitely the right choice! I am feeling so much more comfortable in my own body when I’m exercising and on a daily basis. I’m incredibly grateful to you and your staff for your approachability and all your help. Thank you again! Hope to see you sometime soon!
After years of excruciating back pain I finally decided to have a much needed breast reduction two years ago. The thought of surgery frightened me until I met Dr. Spiro who was able to put my mind at ease right away. I could not have been happier with the outcome and by the way I was treated by Dr. Spiro and his staff. He is the most talented, compassionate and intelligent doctor I have ever come in contact with and I am lucky to be his patient. He followed up with me in recovery and at my home via telephone after my surgery just to make sure I was OK. Not all doctors take the time to do that and that is what makes him special, he goes above and beyond. I have no doubt that Dr. Spiro is the best in his field and I was so pleased with my procedure that I recommended that my mother see him as well.
Dear Dr. Spiro, It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Breast reduction surgery has greatly improved my life. It has allowed me to participate in sports pain free. I also feel much more positive about my appearance. I owe my positive body image to Dr. Spiro and his staff. They were very helpful and answered all my questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Spiro and his staff to anyone considering breast reduction surgery. Thanks again,
To say the least, Dr. Spiro has changed my life for the better. As a teenager I was always self-conscious about my appearance. For years I had only imagined what my life would be like if I were to look how I wanted to. From the moment I met Dr. Spiro, I felt confident that the job he would do would be nothing less than perfect. My breast reduction surgery was my first surgery in my life and from the moment I stepped into Dr. Spiro’s office I knew he was my surgeon and that I was in great hands. Not only is he confident in his work, but he also makes you know that he is going to do the job right and that you will be pleased. After my healing was completed I was nothing less than happy, and since December 2010 I have been ecstatic with the results of my surgery. Dr. Spiro has changed my life, and the confidence I have in myself that he was able to give me. I cannot put into words how thankful I am. I recommend Dr. Spiro to anyone who is in need of breast reduction surgery. Dr. Spiro is an excellent surgeon, and his staff is very compassionate and professional. Thank you to Dr. Spiro and his staff for everything you have done for me. Dr. Spiro, I am proud to call you my surgeon.
My family and friends noticed the difference instantly. I can wear clothes that I was never able to wear with my old chest and I finally enjoy shopping again. One of the best parts was finally being able to buy bras, sports bras, and bikinis in a normal store. I loved and continue to love hearing all the compliments about how great I look. I look at pictures from before my surgery and cannot even imagine going back. The only thing about the process I would change is I would get the surgery much sooner. Every aspect of my life has improved so much that I only regret waiting so long.