Many women experience daily discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Large breasts can cause improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and pain. At the Thompson Center for Plastic Surgery, we believe no woman should endure the burdens of having extremely large breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve an optimal breast size proportional with each patient’s body. If needed, Dr. Thompson may also reposition the nipple during the reshaping of the breast to ensure a proportioned result. Breast reduction surgery will give you the breast size that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable.
Candidates for breast reduction surgery wish to have firmer, more manageable breasts. The ideal candidates for breast reduction can relate to the following issues that arise from having large breasts:
Breast reduction is performed using general anesthesia. The following techniques may be used to reshape the breasts based on your individual needs:
Because the breast tissue tends to become compromised by age and loss of elasticity, many patients benefit from additional support. GalaFLEX® Mesh is a resorbable micro-filament scaffold that reinforces soft tissue and acts as an internal push-up bra, preserving breast reduction results from premature sagging. Dr. Thompson is a passionate advocate for the use of the GalaFLEX® Mesh to help maintain longer-lasting breast reduction results.
After breast reduction surgery, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your new breasts and what your temporary physical limitations and medications will be. During recovery, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort that can be controlled with pain medications. You should try walking as soon as possible after your breast reduction surgery to promote healing and blood circulation. Plan to take approximately two weeks off work. It is also important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least four weeks. You can ensure the best results and the shortest recovery time by carefully following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions.
Breast reduction results are typically permanent, but the breasts are still subject to the natural effects of aging, pregnancy, and weight gain. The reduction will be apparent immediately after surgery, but due to swelling and healing, the final results will take some time to show. The swelling can take up to a couple of months to diminish.
As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with breast reduction surgery. These include:
Dr. Thompson can help you determine whether breast reduction surgery is right for you during your personal consultation. If you are considering this procedure, please request your consultation with us by calling (732) 410-4789 or by completing our online contact form today.