Ideal candidates for breast reduction are in overall good health and need relief of symptoms due to excessively large breasts, including one or more of the following symptoms:
- Shoulder, neck, or back pain
- Shoulder grooves from bra straps
- Skin irritation or rashes
- Difficulty exercising
- Skeletal deformities
- Unwanted attention
- Self-image issues
- Ill-fitting clothing
During your initial consultation, Dr. D’Amore will meet with you to evaluate your needs and goals. As you tell him about yourself, your desires, and your medical history, he will recommend the best options to help you meet your needs Then the two of you will decide on a plan for which breast reduction technique will be best for you.
The breast reduction procedure takes between two to three hours to complete.There are several different techniques used in breast reduction surgery, depending on the amount of correction needed and your individual situation.
In rare cases, liposuction technique can be used to remove excess fat. This technique only allows a small reduction in the size of the breasts and is not indicated if a lift is also necessary.
WISE PATTERN BREAST REDUCTION (ANCHOR)
For breasts that need a more significant reduction, the anchor pattern is often used. An incision is made around the nipple, vertically down the breast, and horizontally along the breast crease. Excess tissue is removed, and the breasts are lifted and shaped.
After surgery, most patients feel immediate relief of many of their symptoms. After one week of recovery, most patients can return to work and resume their daily activities. However, patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least three weeks. Dr. D’Amore will recommend specific guidelines customized to your personal situation to guarantee the best recovery experience.
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies depending on the amount of correction needed. However, if you are experiencing painful symptoms or physical discomfort, your health insurance may cover all or at least a portion of the cost. During your personalized consultation, we will provide you with a detailed cost sheet.
RESULTS AND BENEFITS
Results of breast reduction are immediately noticeable. Some swelling may occur during recovery, but it will resolve within a few weeks. Afterward there will be scarring along the incisions, but these are placed as unobtrusively as possible and will fade over time. Our office will also work with you to minimize scarring by providing specialized scar treatment creams, laser treatments, etc. if needed. Although the breasts will continue to age, the results of breast reduction surgery will be permanent as long as you maintain your weight.
Patient satisfaction following this procedure is extremely high. For those who previously suffered from back pain, the weight-related tension on the back is resolved. Neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches are also alleviated. Shoulder grooves from bra straps are reduced, increasing comfort while wearing a bra. Clothing options are improved. Less pressure and friction will help to prevent rashes. Exercise is much more manageable because of the reduction in the weight of the breasts. Body proportions are improved, which can improve self-image and confidence and prevent unwanted attention. It’s easy to see how dramatic quality of life can improve with breast reduction surgery.
If you are suffering from excessively large breasts and want to learn more about breast reduction surgery, we encourage you to contact our office. Call us at 415-927-7660 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with Dr. D’Amore.