Breast reduction is surgical procedure designed to reduce sagging and heaviness of large breasts by reducing them in size and lifting them to a higher position on the chest.
Breast reduction can produce excellent aesthetic results as well as immediate relief from neck, back, and shoulder strain. In fact, breast reduction patients are among the happiest of plastic surgery patients. Good candidates for breast reduction include healthy women with large, heavy, sagging, or pendulous breasts.
Dr. Vitenas performs breast reduction at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center. The procedure takes about three hours to complete and may be performed with general anesthesia.
A periareola and inverted T incision is made which circles the areola, extends in a vertical line below the nipple, and runs horizontally along the crease beneath the breast. Once the incision is made, excess fatty tissue, glandular tissue and skin are removed. Liposuction is often used in the armpit region to achieve a better breast contour.
The recovery after breast reduction takes about seven to ten days. The breasts may ache at first but medication can help to control this. Work can usually be resumed within a few days, though patients will need to hold off on more strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
Q – What is breast reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure which reduces the size of large breasts and lifts them to a higher position on the chest. The procedure improves the sagging and heaviness associated with large breasts and also provides relief from neck, back, and shoulder strain.
Q – Who is a candidate for breast reduction?
Healthy women with large, sagging, heavy, or pendulous breasts may be good candidates for breast reduction.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for breast reduction?
During the consultation for breast reduction, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous
Q – Where is the surgery for breast reduction performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the surgery for breast reduction at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center.
Q – How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
In general, the total cost of breast reduction includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The price can range from $11,000 – $13,500 depending on the surgical technique and level of correction that is desired. For a more specific idea of the cost of the breast reduction procedure feel free to upload your photos to our contact us form.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is performed with general anesthesia.
Q – How is breast reduction performed?
For breast reduction, a periareola and inverted T incision is made. This is located around the areola and extends in a vertical line below the nipple and horizontally along the crease below the breast. After the incision is made, excess glandular tissue, fatty tissue, and skin are removed and liposuction may be used in the armpit area for better breast contour.
Q – How long is the surgery for breast reduction?
The surgery for breast reduction is about three hours long.
Q – Where are the incisions made for breast reduction?
The incision for breast reduction is a periareola and inverted T incision which is located around the areola then extending in a vertical line below the nipple and horizontally along the breast crease.
Q – Does breast reduction leave scars?
Patients will have a scar after breast reduction surgery which is located around the areola and extending in a vertical line below the nipple and horizontally in the crease beneath the breast.
Q – Is the breast reduction a painful procedure?
The breasts may ache a bit after the breast reduction surgery, though medication can help to manage this.
Q – How long is the recovery after breast reduction?
The recovery after breast reduction takes about seven to ten days.
Q – What is the recovery like after breast reduction?
Patients can expect a recovery time of seven to ten days. Any discomfort patients experience can be managed with medication. A surgical bra may be need to be worn for several days after surgery.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my breast reduction surgery?
Patients are often able to return to work within a few days after breast reduction surgery.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my breast reduction procedure?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for four to six weeks.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of breast reduction?
The potential risks or complications associated with breast reduction may include bleeding, infection, hematoma, loss of nipple sensation, delayed wound healing, and loss of nipple.
Q – Is it possible to finance my breast reduction procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial breast reduction consultation. Please visit our financing options page to learn more.