Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that helps women who struggle with the size of their breasts. Having disproportionately large breasts can impact your quality of life, affecting your self-confidence, posture, and overall well-being. Our experienced plastic surgeond, Dr. Meryl Singer and Dr. Laura Boschini specialize in breast reduction surgery to help patients achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
At Millard Plastic Surgery, we offer world-class breast reduction surgery. We go above and beyond to bring our patients the best cosmetic treatment in Denver. For more information, call us at (303) 792-5665 or visit our contact page.
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- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Breast Reduction
- 3 Benefits of Breast Reduction
- 4 Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Breast Reduction Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results
- 10 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 11 How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Englewood?
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
About Breast Reduction
Having oversized breasts can take a serious psychological toll. (1) Breast reduction surgery, otherwise known as reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that can address oversized, sagging and uneven breasts. During the procedure, a surgeon removes excess tissue, fat and skin from the breasts, resizing and reshaping them to become smaller and shapelier. This treatment is both corrective and cosmetic, addressing the problems that large breasts can cause while simultaneously enhancing their appearance.
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate the pain and discomfort that large breasts sometimes cause. It can make you more comfortable in your skin, and free you of all the constraints that large breasts may impose.
There are a few different techniques for breast reduction. These techniques are chosen based on the size and shape of the breasts.
Lollipop Breast Reduction
Lollipop, or “vertical” breast reduction, is best for patients with moderately-oversized breasts and visible sagging. For this technique, a surgeon makes two incisions, one spanning the edge of the areola, and one moving vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease beneath the breast (the inframammary fold). Through this incision the surgeon can remove excess fat, breast tissue, and skin. Then they reshape the breast from the inside and lift it to a perkier height. The surgery does leave noticeable scarring, though it only appears on the bottom half of the breast and can be concealed by a bra or bikini-top.
Inverted-T Breast Reduction
Inverted-T, or “anchor” breast reduction is useful for patients with significantly large, sagging or asymmetrical breasts. The incision points are the same as the lollipop breast reduction with one additional incision horizontally along the inframammary fold. With this additional incision, a surgeon can remove and manipulate the fat, breast tissue, and skin with more efficiency.
Liposuction for Breast Reduction
In certain cases, liposuction is all you need for a successful breast reduction. It involves small incisions through which the surgeon removes excess fat. This technique works well for patients who only need a slight reduction, and who suffer mostly from excess fat in the breasts.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate the discomfort that large breasts can cause. These effects include:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Rash or skin irritation below the breast
- Nerve pain
With more moderately-sized breasts, you can participate in all the activities that large breasts have kept you from doing. You will be able to move about more freely and exercise with greater ease. You won’t have deep shoulder grooves from your bra straps anymore, and you will be able to fit into bras and tops a lot easier. Reducing and enhancing your breasts with breast reduction surgery can improve your self-esteem and help you feel comfortable in your own body.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
An ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery will have breasts that keep them from living the life they want to live. They will want relief from the pain that their breasts cause them, and the constraints that they impose. If this sounds like you, then breast reduction surgery could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
We do not recommend breast reduction surgery if you are not at a steady weight. It is important that your health be optimal so that you may recover from your surgery swiftly and safely. If you plan on becoming pregnant or gaining weight, you should wait to have a breast reduction. Gaining weight may offset the effects that this treatment can bring you.
At your personal consultation, will provide you with everything you need to know about breast reduction surgery. We will assess your medical history and determine if breast reduction is a suitable treatment for you. Together with your cosmetic goals, we will review the condition of your breasts and create a personalized treatment plan unique to you.
In preparation for your breast reduction surgery, we may ask you to take a breast imaging study, depending on your age and/or family history. You may also need to stop or start taking certain medications. If you smoke, we advise that you stop before your surgery, as smoking can have negative effects on your ability to heal. You should also avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the risk of bleeding.
When your surgery is approved and scheduled, we will give you personalized instructions on how best to prepare for your breast reduction. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully. We want you to have the safest surgery and smoothest recovery possible.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the day of your surgery. will begin the procedure by administering either local or general anesthesia. Which form of anesthesia you receive depends on a variety of factors, including your health and comfort.
When you are fully anesthetized will make the incisions. She will resize and reshape your breasts using the breast reduction techniques that correspond to your condition. She can also reposition and resize your areolas proportionate to your new breasts during the procedure. When your breasts have been reduced and aesthetically refined, she will close your incisions and your surgery will be complete.
We will supervise your condition for a short period immediately after your procedure, and you can go home as soon as you are ready. Make sure to arrange a ride home from our office.
You can expect to feel soreness around the area of treatment for several days after the procedure. We will prescribe pain medication that you can take to alleviate discomfort during your recovery. You will be able to stand up and walk around the day of your procedure, but you should avoid strenuous physical activity for up to four weeks. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, though most are able to return to work in about. (2) We will give you specific instructions for your recovery. It is crucial that you follow them closely to ensure that you heal properly and recover as fast as possible.
The results of your breast reduction will be immediately apparent, though the precise aesthetic improvements will only reveal themselves as your breasts settle and swelling subsides. As soon as your procedure is complete you will feel relief from your breasts’ previous overbearing presence and weight. If you maintain a steady weight, the results will be long-lasting.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
At Millard Plastic Surgery, we offer cosmetic treatments that correspond with and complement breast reduction surgery.
Liposuction is a cosmetic treatment in which a surgeon removes excess fat from parts of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. The treatment involves small incisions, through which a surgeon removes and contours fat with a small tube called a cannula. This treatment is often used in the process of breast reduction, though it can be applied to other parts of the body as well.
The Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic treatment that addresses excess fat, sagging skin and weakened muscles in the abdomen. It is also a common part of the highly customizable Mommy Makeover. There are many variations of the tummy tuck, but the common goal is to flatten and tighten the abdomen. The treatment involves making incisions in the abdomen, where liposuction is typically used to remove fat, and skin is removed and repositioned to reduce sagging. The surgeon also sutures the muscle and its surrounding tissue to become more firm. In conjunction with a breast reduction, you can enjoy the benefits of a totally refined torso.
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How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Englewood?
The cost of breast reduction surgery will vary depending on several factors unique to each patient. To find out how much breast reductions cost at Millard Plastic Surgery, call (303) 792-5665 or contact us online.
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery typically takes from 2 to 4 hours. There are different kinds of breast reduction techniques and some are more involved than others. When you begin planning your breast reduction surgery, your surgeon can let you know how long your surgery is expected to take.
Can men get breast reduction surgery?
Men can get breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction surgery is often used to treat gynecomastia, or enlarged breast tissue in men.
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- Holopainen N, Oranges CM, Pietro, Toia F, Giordano S. Return to Work after Breast Reduction: A Comparative Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2023;12(2):642-642. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12020642