For some women, the symptoms of large breasts, or macromastia, can be very distressing. The symptoms of macromastia may include: neck and back pain, painful and heavy breasts, bra strap grooving marks on your shoulders, skin irritation at the bottom of your breasts, and difficulty in exercising. Women who undergo breast reduction for these symptoms will experience almost immediate improvement in their symptoms, and according to many studies, are amongst the happiest of all plastic surgery patients. Other women may undergo breast reduction to improve the appearance of their breasts. Breast reduction surgery can transform larger breasts into smaller and lighter versions, enhancing their appearance, and making them look more proportionate to your frame and body type.
About Breast Reduction Surgery
- Traditionally, breast reduction surgery has been performed using the "anchor" type scar
- There are newer alternatives, like the vertical reduction or "lollipop reduction.”
Dr. Siporin will help you determine which method is best for you.
- You will require anesthesia, and surgery is performed either in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center
- There are risks and potential complications for any surgery, and these will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Preparing for Your Surgery
- Dr. Siporin may suggest a mammogram and other preoperative testing
- Certain medications are to be avoided prior to surgery
- You must have someone with you after your surgery, and you will not be able to drive yourself home
- If you smoke, you must stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery
Recovery Following Surgery
- Dr. Siporin will call you the night of your surgery, and see you the following day
- You will have another post-operative visit one week after surgery
- Avoid vigorous physical activity or lifting more than 15 lbs. for 4-6 weeks
- By six weeks you may resume all normal activities
- A compression garment or bra should be worn for several weeks
- Most scars reduce with time, and become inconspicuous, but this can take up to one year
- Most patients are back to work after one week, but you may need more time
- Swelling subsides after several weeks
Although it may take months to see the final results from the surgery, you will immediately notice the difference in your body image. You may appear thinner, as if you’d lost weight. As you adjust to your new look, self-confidence will amplify and you will have more clothing options.
Additional Facts about Breast Reduction Surgery
- Insurance may cover the cost of surgery (our office will discuss this with you)
- Some nipple sensation may be lost
- Some women will not be able to breastfeed after surgery