If you suffer from neck, shoulder, or back pain as a result of heavy breasts, a breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, could bring you life-changing relief. This surgery improves the function and appearance of the breast area and offers patients many important quality of life enhancements. Clothing fits better, exercise is easier, and your figure is more proportionate. In some cases, insurance companies might cover the cost of the procedure.
Breast reduction not only reduces the size of your breasts but can reshape and lift them as well. It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed and has a very high satisfaction rate. One study found that more than 90% of breast reduction patients rated their results as good or very good. In our practice, patients are generally delighted by their new look and smaller breast size.
Do I Need Breast Reduction?
If you’re reading this page, odds are your breasts are causing you discomfort. If you think they may be too large, they probably are. Come in for a consultation and talk with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Clinton. He can help you decide if you’ll benefit from the procedure.
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if:
- You experience pain or discomfort in the back, shoulders, neck, or bra strap areas due to large, heavy breasts.
- Your breasts are more noticeable than your other features and are often the first thing that people notice about you.
- You find exercise difficult or uncomfortable due to your breast size. You may wear multiple sports bras when exercise is required.
- It is difficult to find clothing that fits properly.
- Your breasts are interfering with your quality of life.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Clinton for My Breast Reduction in Birmingham, AL?
Dr. Clinton gives all of his patients a great deal of one-on-one attention. He’s a great active listener and is empathetic to your concerns. Most importantly, he has the training and experience to evaluate your case carefully and create a unique surgical plan for you.
He received his plastic surgery training at Duke – one of the country’s most prestigious universities – and spent years in trauma care before focusing on the field of aesthetics. He also performs many reconstructive surgeries every year. As a result, he has the experience to work on even the most complex of cases.
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure we perform regularly. Clinton Plastic Surgery has helped countless women find relief from heavy, pendulous breasts.
What Happens During Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under a light general anesthetic, but some patients may need an overnight hospital stay with early discharge the next morning. Our priority is your safety; we’ll communicate your expected plans clearly so you can plan for your procedure and arrange for appropriate care.
The incisions usually create an inverted “T” formation on the breast, which means that there is a horizontal incision along the breast crease and a vertical incision from the crease to the bottom of the areola. An incision around the areolas may also be necessary. Vertical reduction mammoplasty is a technique that has gained some popularity, as it requires fewer incisions. This technique is highly specialized and works beautifully on some women while falling drastically short on others. It is not sufficient for all patients. During your consultation, Dr. Clinton will let you know what incisions he recommends for you.
After the incisions have been made, Dr. Clinton removes excess tissue and reshapes the breasts. The breasts are lifted, and the nipple-areola complex is resized and/or reshaped as necessary. Once we’ve achieved a beautiful breast shape and an ideal size, the incisions are sutured closed, bandaging is applied, and the procedure comes to an end. Patients awaken from anesthesia and head into recovery, for monitoring and post-surgical care.
After the appropriate time in our recovery room, you can go home in the care of a friend or family member. You should not drive for 24 hours, due to the effects of the anesthesia.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Breast Reduction?
We will send you home with written instructions on how to take care of yourself after your surgery. This information will be a reinforcement of verbal instructions that you will receive on several occasions. You will also be evaluated the day after your procedure and monitored during your recovery period. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions at all.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away completely. You will be able to determine your final bra size within about 6-8 weeks. The scars will improve over time, and we will give you instructions to speed their healing.
If you experience discomfort, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are usually sufficient, but if you need something stronger, please use the prescription provided. Pain medications increase comfort so patients can rest comfortably and heal quickly.
A soft sports bra or a camisole top with a shelf bra is best to wear until Dr. Clinton recommends a change, and you will be more comfortable sleeping on your back for approximately 4 weeks. You must avoid heavy lifting and any strenuous activity or “straining” for 2 weeks.
Most women return to office work within 10-14 days, but we will discuss timelines with you based on your individual case. We will provide you with a post-operative plan to help you return to all normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
How Long Do Breast Reduction Results Last?
Results from breast reduction are permanent but sagging of breast tissue can still occur as a result of weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process. After 9-12 months, mammograms should be performed as recommended. Self-exam is an important part of maintaining your best breast health.
Insurance and Breast Reduction: Is This Procedure Covered by My Policy?
Breast reduction is covered by some insurance companies, provided a patient meets specific guidelines. We can help you figure out if your insurance plan will pay a portion of your surgical costs.
Many patients can benefit from breast reduction surgery, even if their insurance company won’t pay. We can discuss financing and payment options if you decide to self-finance this procedure.
Contact Clinton Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL for a breast reduction consultation with Dr. Clinton, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast surgery expert. Reduce your breasts and increase your lifestyle options with breast reduction surgery.