What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing experience for those who have to limit their activities due to the size of their breasts. Studies have shown that this type of surgery is among the most satisfying of all procedures done by plastic surgeons. If you are suffering from back pain, shoulder grooving, poor posture, difficulty sleeping or a poor self-image, you should consider breast reduction surgery.
Having breast reduction surgery is a decision that is best made after consulting with a licensed plastic surgeon that specializes in issues connected with the breast. Dr. Bryan Correa, a Houston breast reduction surgeon, can answer any questions you have concerning the procedure, recovery time, long-term benefits and costs. In fact, breast reduction surgery cost may be covered by your insurance due to the medical issues connected with very large breasts.
How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Work?
Once you and Dr. Correa have met and discussed your goals a treatment plan is implemented based on several factors including your current and target breast size, the amount of reduction needed to achieve your goals, the present shape of your breasts, and your overall health.
The usual preoperative blood work and other tests will be done prior to surgery. You will be given a general anesthetic and you can expect the surgery to last approximately 2-4 hours depending on the complexity of the case. Similar to breast lift surgery, there are several types of incisions that can be used depending upon the amount of skin and breast to be removed. The nipple and areola are left attached to the internal structures. Breast and fatty tissue are removed, the nipple is placed in the correct position and the incisions are closed. A breast lift is done as part of the surgery to ensure the result is a lifted more youthful breast position.
Conditions Potentially Corrected by Breast Reduction Surgery
- Upper back and neck pain due to large breasts
- Poor posture
- Rashes under the breast
- Shoulder grooving from bra straps
- Self-consciousness due to large breasts
- Clothing fit problems
- Inability to participate in sports or other physical activities
What You Can Expect in Your Initial Consultation
It is very important to Dr. Correa that his patients understand all aspects of breast reduction before making the decision to move forward with surgery. It is his philosophy that his success as a plastic surgeon is dependent not only on his surgical skills but also his ability to fully understand the needs and goals of his patients. By taking the time to understand each patient’s desires, he can ensure they get the treatment or procedure that is truly right for them.
You will have the opportunity to examine photographs of his other patients who have undergone breast reduction so you can see his work and know what to expect if you decide to proceed. Dr. Correa will discuss the changes that you can expect to achieve and make recommendations regarding the best surgical methods to use to achieve your goals. You are encouraged to ask many questions and also to share any anxiety you may be having. Attaining your goal is a team effort. You and Dr. Correa must agree on the aesthetics and methods of your surgery so that you can obtain a result that meets or even exceeds your expectations.
Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
You will be given full instructions on how to care for your incisions and how to deal with the swelling and bruising that will be present for a few weeks. You should arrange to take two weeks off from your office or desk job. If you have a more physically demanding job, you may need more time. For the first few weeks, you will need to keep all activities to a minimum. Usually, you will be able to resume normal activities within 4 weeks.
You will notice the benefits of having smaller breasts immediately in terms of weight and ease of movement. You will be able to purchase clothing that fits your smaller torso as soon as the initial swelling goes down. Most patients who have breast reduction surgery wonder why they waited so long to rid themselves of a problem that was reducing their quality of life.
Take The First Step
Interested in learning more about Breast Reduction? Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Correa by filling out the form on this page or by calling Correa Plastic Surgery at (281) 419-9119. Proudly serving patients in The Woodlands & Houston, TX.