The most important part of your consultation will be determining the final breast size. You and the doctor will decide on a size improvement, taking into consideration your overall body size and shape, as well as your pre-operative breast size. Discuss your preferences regarding breast width, height and projection.
To learn more about breast reduction surgery and what can be done for you, please contact us today for a consultation.
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What to Expect
Do not eat or drink after midnight on the evening before surgery (unless directed to take medications by your
Patient Coordinator). Please shower the morning of your procedure, but do not apply deodorant, creams,
lotions, powders or oil to your skin. Please do not wear jewelry or makeup, and do not bring valuables with
you to surgery.
In most cases, surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The surgery typically
lasts two to four hours. An adult should escort you on the day of surgery and remain with you at home for the
first 24 hours.
Day of Surgery
During the procedure, the nipple and areola is preserved, and the excess skin and breast tissue is removed.
This is done in such a way as to preserve the best possible circulation to the nipple and areola and the smaller
mound of breast beneath it. Flaps of skin are developed and used to wrap the breast tissue in a tighter envelope,
thus moving the nipple to a higher level on the chest and giving the breast its new contour.
Afterward, you may sleep and rest in any comfortable position. Rest quietly for 24 hours following surgery; when
you get up, do so slowly, as you may feel dizzy or lightheaded. You are encouraged to take short walks in your home
and frequent deep breaths.
Even though you will be up and about in a day or two, it is important that you limit your activity for optimal
recovery. You should avoid any heavy lifting, pushing or pulling for three weeks. Though some stretching exercises
and walking should be fine by the end of the first week, you should not plan to engage in any vigorous exercise for
three weeks, as this can stress the incisions and lead to complications such as delayed wound healing or prominent
The first menstrual cycle may bring more swelling and pain than is usual for you. You may experience random
shooting-type pains for several months following the operation, as well as numbness in the nipples and breast skin
for the first six to eight weeks, due to the swelling of the breast. This should subside with time, although in unusual
cases, the loss of sensation is permanent. Scars will reach their optimal appearance after a year or two. In addition,
the immediate appearance of the breasts will change over time. In addition to decreasing slightly in size as the swelling
subsides, they will also descend a bit as the effects of gravity act on the newly tightened skin envelope. Most patients
find this to be beneficial, since the breasts look more natural after they have had time to “settle in.”
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Risks of complications are quite low but do exist. Problems include infection, bleeding and potential reaction to the
anesthetic or sedative medications. There is a possibility of experiencing temporary or permanent altered sensations,
including numbness. On rare occasions, the nipple and areola may lose their blood supply, and the tissue will die.
However, if this happens, the nipple and areola can be rebuilt. As expected, the scarring will take some time to
completely heal and fade. If the scarring does not fade, corrections can be made.
Before long, you will enjoy a new, pleasing shape, with breasts in better proportion to your figure.
Some Breast Reduction surgeries may be reimbursed by health insurance. Most health insurance plans do not cover
cosmetic procedures but certain conditions associated with large breasts may qualify you for coverage by your
health insurance plan.
Your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of fees for your procedure when you
have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. Your “Estimate of Surgical Fees” will include:
implants, surgeon’s fee, operating room and the anesthesiologist’s fee.
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Breast Reduction
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – Breast Reduction