About Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a procedure designed to reduce the overall size of the breast while preserving an attractive breast shape. This is accomplished by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Bass, who excels in removing breast tissue in addition to any excess skin necessary. The procedure is typically performed in our office operating room or the hospital ambulatory surgery facility. If New York, NY women are suffering from the symptoms associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia) such as neck aches, back pain, shoulder pain (often associated with grooving from bra straps), and irritation of the skin under the breasts, then we invite them to schedule a consultation at Bass Plastic Surgery to learn more. Research studies have shown that even modest size reductions are highly effective in decreasing symptoms of excessively large breasts.
When a patient's neck and back hurt, it reduces their quality of life. Pain causes the movements to be limited, posture to be slumped, and a general feeling of being unwell. Women with large breasts experience this on a daily basis. Some women, through no fault of their own, cannot correct this issue with diet and exercise alone. If patients experience the following symptoms from large, heavy breasts, they may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery:
- Irritation and rashes on the skin underneath the bra
- Diet and exercise unsuccessfully decreasing the size of the breasts
- Disproportionate breasts to the body frame
- Weight of the breasts causes pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Bra strap grooves in the shoulders
- Limitations on activity because of the size of the breasts
- Poor posture
Breast Reduction Reviews
"I had a breast reduction with Dr. Bass in July. Everything from the consultation to the follow up appointments to the office staff was wonderful. I'm so pleased with the results and should've done this years ago. Dr. Bass is attentive and very thorough. The office staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Dr. Bass!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 02, 2017
What to Expect
Using state-of-the-art surgical techniques that limit the risks of surgery, our plastic surgeon will skillfully remove excess skin and suction out tissue to reshape the breast. During surgery, it is common to use one of the following incision approaches:
- An incision around the areola
- A vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast line
- A horizontal incision on the breast line
Liposuction is generally used to safely remove fat tissues from within the breast. Excess skin will be removed, and then a breast lift is usually needed to attain a healthy looking result. It is common for women requesting this procedure to go down 1 – 2 cup sizes.
After a 2 – 4-hour breast reduction surgery, patients will wake up in recovery and feel lighter in the chest area. Patients will be instructed on how to properly care for their incisions to limit scarring. After being sent home wrapped in a surgical compression garment and sports bra, it is advised that women take it easy for the first few weeks after the surgery. They should expect to feel less sensation in their nipples, as they will take up to a year to recover and resume sensitivity. It is suggested that breast reduction patients not return to work for 7 – 10 days and wait 6 – 8 weeks before resuming physical activities.
Breast reduction surgery can dramatically change the lives of our patients, resulting in smaller breasts that make everyday activities easier. In the few months and weeks following the procedure, it is advised for women to continue wearing comfortable bras and limit strenuous activity. Once exercise can be worked back into day-to-day life, it is important to maintain a healthy weight. Breast reduction surgery is a long-lasting cosmetic operation; however, the results can be negatively impacted by weight gain and/or pregnancy.
Life with Smaller Breasts
Picture what your life could look like free from pain, constant rashes, and stares from people because of your large breasts. Call Bass Plastic Surgery today for a consultation. Our team will answer all of your questions, educate you on aftercare instructions, and help with any other concerns you may have.