What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a procedure to remove excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue from the breast area. The surgery reduces overall breast size and creates more proportionate looking breasts.
Women with large breasts can experience severe back and neck pain. Bra straps may leave shoulder groove markings.
Large breasts can make exercising and weight loss more difficult.
Dr. Papafragkou and Dr. Rhee also performss a breast lift to eliminate sagging during breast reduction surgery.
BEFORE AND AFTERS BREAST REDUCTIONS WITH DR. PAPAFRAGKOU AND DR. RHEE.
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Do I need a Breast Reduction?
You might need or want breast reduction if:
You’re unhappy with how large your breasts are
Your heavy breasts cause back, shoulder, or neck pain
Your breasts inhibit normal physical activities
You frequently have shoulder grooves from bra straps
You have frequent skin irritation under your breasts
Many women who opt for breast reduction surgery feel both emotionally and physically uncomfortable with their breasts.
What are the benefits of Breast Reduction?
Oversized breasts can be a source of constant back and neck pain. Reducing the size of the woman's breasts who has been burderned for many decades can be life changing. Suddenly it's much easier to exercise and lose weight if that is the goal. Also, the back and neck pain are gone.
Reducing the size of the breasts is not the only benefit. Sagging skin is removed and both breasts are lifted re-creating the proper ergonomics by positioning the breasts and nipples higher up in the chest.
How does breast reduction surgery work?
You receive general anesthesia for breast reduction surgery. The Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island surgeons use advanced techniques based upon your breast size and the desired results.
The short scar technique is a good option for women who need a mild-to-moderate decrease in breast size. In this approach, surgeons create smaller incisions around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. The short scar technique eliminates long horizontal incisions and thus reduces scarring.
If you need a dramatic reduction in breast size — several cup sizes or more — you may need additional incisions underneath the breast crease. Even if you need longer incisions, the team always takes care to minimize postsurgical scarring as much as possible.
After removing extra skin, fat, and glandular tissue, nipple and areola repositioning and other skin lifting provides a breast lift.
If you have extra breast fat and little-to-no sagging, liposuction may be a good option for breast reduction. But, liposuction only removes fat; it can’t provide a lift. So, it’s not generally the most effective option for breast reduction.
How long is recovery after breast reduction?
Most women resume work within a week of their breast reduction, though some may need up to two weeks. You must avoid strenuous physical activity involving the upper body for a month. Just as the team customizes your breast reduction surgery, they tailor your recovery plans for your needs and situation.
When you’re ready for a breast reduction, call upon the providers who’ve successfully performed thousands of procedures. Click the online scheduler or call the Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island office to book a consultation now.
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