If you suffer from neck, shoulder, or back pain as a result of heavy breasts, a Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty) could bring you life-changing relief. This surgery improves function and appearance. Clothing fits better, 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.
Dr. Clinton gives all of his patients a great deal of one-on-one attention. He’s a great 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 he 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.
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.
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 not sufficient for all patients, however. 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.
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 for how to take care of yourself after your surgery. This will be a reinforcement of verbal instructions that you will receive on several occasions. You will also be evaluated no later than 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 pain, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are usually sufficient, but if you need something stronger, please use the prescription provided.
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 this 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.
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.