Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that may help alleviate physical discomfort and improve the overall appearance of the breasts. Women who are experiencing pain, discomfort, or other physical symptoms due to large breasts can often find relief through this procedure.
At our plastic surgery center, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. DeLozier utilizes the latest medical technology and techniques to perform breast reduction procedures and help patients achieve their desired results. By removing excess fat, tissue, and skin, breasts are reshaped to a smaller, more proportionate size, resulting in a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing appearance. To learn more about breast reduction, please call our cosmetic surgery center in Nashville, TN at 615-565-9000 to schedule a consultation.
Sometimes called reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction is a procedure that reduces breast size to relieve physical discomfort and improve the shape of the breasts. This procedure is typically performed on women who have large, heavy breasts that cause neck, back, and shoulder pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. Women with asymmetrical breasts, women who experience neck and back pain, and women with nipples that point downward are all likely to be good candidates for a breast reduction.
The procedure for a breast reduction typically includes removing excess fat, skin, and tissue to reshape the breasts and reduce their size. The incisions for this procedure are usually made just around the areola, down the center of the breast, and in the crease under the breast, often known as an “anchor” incision. Patients are able to go home the same day.
The results of a breast reduction procedure are usually permanent, as long as the patient maintains a stable weight and does not become pregnant, which can affect the size and shape of the breasts. Most patients experience a significant improvement in their physical comfort and a more aesthetically pleasing shape of their breasts after the procedure.
A breast reduction and a breast augmentation are different procedures with opposite goals. A breast reduction is performed to reduce the size and weight of excessively large breasts while a breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts using an implant. The goal of both procedures is often to enhance the appearance of the breasts and increase self-confidence; they are just achieved through different means according to the patient’s unique desires.
Breast reduction and breast reconstruction are also two different procedures with different goals. A breast reduction decreases the size and weight of excessively large breasts, while breast reconstruction is performed to restore the appearance of breasts that have been removed or damaged due to illness, such as breast cancer. The goal of breast reduction is to improve physical comfort, while the goal of breast reconstruction is to restore a natural appearance and improve self confidence.
Breast reduction is a permanent procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin to reduce the size of the breasts. The results of the surgery are designed to be long-lasting, providing patients with lifelong relief from physical discomfort and improve their overall self confidence. However, it’s important to note that, as with any cosmetic surgery, the results may be affected by weight gain or weight loss, hormonal changes, or the natural aging process. Additionally, pregnancy and breastfeeding, along with associated weight fluctuations, may also affect the results of breast reduction surgery. Any concerns or expectations you may have can be eased in your consultation with Dr. DeLozier.
The recovery time for breast reduction surgery can vary depending on the individual, but typically takes six to eight weeks on average. In the first few days after your breast reduction surgery, it is common to experience swelling, discomfort, and bruising, which can be managed with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication. You should also expect to wear a soft, supportive bra for the first six weeks and avoid strenuous activities, such as lifting.
As you continue to recover, you will gradually be able to resume your normal activities, but be sure to listen to your surgeon’s instructions and take it easy during the first few weeks. In about three to four months, the swelling will have subsided significantly, and the incisions will have fully healed. If you have any questions or concerns during the breast reduction surgery recovery process, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. DeLozier at the plastic surgery center of Nashville by calling 615-565-9000.
Combining multiple procedures into one surgical session is not uncommon and can be a cost-effective and time-efficient way to achieve multiple aesthetic goals. Breast reduction surgery may be combined with another procedure such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a breast lift. The decision to combine procedures can be made during your consultation.
Combining procedures can have benefits such as reduced surgical and anesthesia time, as well as the convenience of having all the procedures done during a single session. However, the feasibility and safety of combining procedures are specific to each patient. Dr. DeLozier will evaluate your unique situation and provide a personalized recommendation to ensure the best outcome for you.
If you think a breast reduction could improve your quality of life and are looking for a plastic surgeon in Nashville, TN, please call our cosmetic surgery center at 615-565-9000 today.