Breast Reduction Austin

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Breast Reduction

Do you ever feel?:

  • You don’t look good in any of your tops?
  • Exercise is difficult because of your breast size?
  • Your breasts just don’t match the rest of your body?
  • You may have been teased and embarrassed since puberty?
  • Your neck and shoulders ache at the end of every day?

For some women, having larger breasts isn’t as nice as it might seem. Society puts an emphasis on larger breasts as a positive image, however women with naturally large to very large breasts may not always agree. Physical discomfort as well as psychological embarrassment due to breast size is a common complaint

Many women are discouraged from considering breast reduction:

  • “You should be happy you have bigger breasts”
  • “Women pay to get their made breasts bigger and you want yours smaller?”
  • “You’re lucky you were ‘blessed’ with big breasts”

In the United States, almost as many women have breast reductions as breast augmentations. In fact some of happiest patients are those who have had their breasts reduced in size

“If my breasts are smaller, will they still be saggy?”

  • In addition to the decrease in size, your breasts will also be lifted and more “perky”

“If I have children after surgery, will I still be able to breast feed?”

  • Most women are successful in breast feeding after Breast Reduction Surgery as the surgery should not affect the milk glands.

“Will I lose nipple sensation?”

  • Today’s breast reduction techniques preserve nipple sensation and the likelihood of loss of sensation in very small

“Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?”

  • Feeling like your breasts are too large
  • Your breast size interferes with sports or other physical activities
  • Differences in the size of the breasts
  • Pain in your upper back, neck or shoulders caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Feeling like your breast size just doesn’t fit with the rest of your body.
  • Feeling uncomfortable in swimsuits or other tops.
  • Frequent rashes or irritation in the creases under the breasts

Who is a poor candidate?

  • Patients in otherwise poor health – poorly controlled diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure for example.
  • Patients who are severely overweight
  • Women planning on having children in the near future.
  • Patients who smoke and are unwilling to quit.

Can I have other procedures done at the same time?

  • Yes! Most patients can have additional procedures such as tummy tucks, facial surgery or liposuction during the same procedure.

How do I prepare for the surgery?

  • Plan on having someone stay with you full-time after the procedure for the first few days.
  • You’ll feel most comfortable in a “recliner” position – back reclined and knees bent.
  • Have extra dressings, baby wipes, and loose clothing available.

What happens the day of surgery?

  • You’ll meet with our doctors, anesthesia staff and nurses to answer any remaining questions and help prepare you for the procedure.
  • During the surgery you’ll be given an anesthetic and will be completely asleep and pain-free.
  • The surgery itself usually takes about two hours depending on the patient.
  • When you wake up you’ll be in the recovery area and will be wearing a bra similar to a sports bra as well as other tape and bandages as well as a small tube on each side.

What is the recovery like?

  • We want you to rest at home for the first few days, getting up regularly to move about.
  • You will be seen a few days after surgery and will have regular visits after that.
  • You can shower after the small tubes are removed 4-5 days after surgery.
  • Wear the post-surgical bra 24/7 (except for showering) for the first two weeks and during waking hours after that for another 4 weeks.
  • At two weeks you can resume some light exercise such as walking, gradually increasing over the next several weeks.

What are potential complications?

  • The rate of complications for this procedure is very low, but your surgery and recovery will be very closely monitored to prevent any possible problems.
  • We want you or your caregiver to contact us with any concerns you may have.

How do I get started?

  • Meet with our Surgical Consultants for an initial evaluation as well as scheduling and pricing options.
  • Ready to move forward? You’ll then meet with our surgeons for a full consultation and evaluation prior to your surgery date.

Dr. Dellinger and the staff at Elysian Plastic Surgery are committed to the highest levels of care, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled patient care and support.

More information about Breast Reduction Surgery from WebMD