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Overly large breasts can be cumbersome for many women, whether you’re struggling to find shirts that fit and look good, you have a difficult time exercising or you’ve had to deal with teasing and unwanted attention. Many women with larger breasts have problems with upper back and neck pain, shoulder grooves and pain as well as breast pain and chronic rashes under the breasts. A breast reduction can help bring your body into balance with the rest of your figure, reducing and reshaping your breasts.*
A native Texan, Dr. David Dellinger maintains board certifications in plastic/reconstructive and general surgery, and has gained extensive experience performing breast plastic surgery procedures over more than 20 years in practice. At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger works with women in the Austin area and beyond who are interested in improving their figures with breast enhancement surgery.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction may be right for you if you’re healthy and have naturally large breasts. The best candidates may feel that their breasts are too large and out of proportion with their other features or that their breast size interferes with physical activities.
You may also experience physical discomfort caused by the size of your breasts, such as indentations from bra straps on your shoulders, frequent rashes or skin irritation in the creases under your breasts and chronic pain in your upper back, neck and shoulders from the weight of your breasts. Breast reduction can also correct asymmetry for women who have large breasts of different sizes.*
Breast reduction may not be right for women who are significantly overweight and women who plan to have children in the near future. Breast reduction surgery shouldn’t affect your milk glands if you do have a baby afterward and want to breastfeed but your results may be altered.
During your consultation, Dr. Dellinger will talk with you about your concerns and how to plan your procedure for the best results. A breast reduction includes a breast lift to correct sagging, reshape the breast mound and improve the position of the nipple.*
Dellinger may recommend liposuction or BodyTite instead of breast reduction surgery if you have fatty breasts that aren’t sagging and you don’t need more than a moderate reduction. Liposuction may also correct less severe asymmetry.*
On the day of your breast reduction, you will be under general anesthesia or IV sedation for the 2-hour procedure. Dr. Dellinger will then work through incisions at the edge of your areolas to remove excess breast tissue and lift and shape the remaining tissue. He may also reduce the size of the areolas and reposition the nipples.*
After your surgery, you will be wearing bra similar to a sports bra and have tape, bandages and small drains in each breast. The bra supports your breasts and may help reduce swelling.*
You should plan on resting at home for the first few days. Be sure to have someone stay with you full-time to help if needed and get up and gently move around periodically. You may feel most comfortable relaxing in a reclined position with your knees bent. You can shower about 4 to 5 days after your breast reduction when the drains have been removed. You should wear your post-surgical bra at all times — except when bathing — for the first 2 weeks, then just when you’re awake for another 4 weeks. You can resume light exercise, such as walking, after 2 weeks, then gradually increase your physical activities over the next several weeks.
The change in your breasts should be visible right after surgery and long-lasting, though age, pregnancy, hormones and changes to your weight could affect your results with time. Your results should improve as the swelling subsides and your body heals.*
To schedule your breast reduction consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.