Achieve a More Balanced Figure
Breast reduction at Renaissance Plastic Surgery in St. Peters & St. Louis works to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breast in an effort to make them smaller, firmer, and lighter. Contrary to popular belief, breast reduction isn’t just for women either. Men can also benefit from this surgical procedure. Find out more about our male breast reduction services offered at Renaissance.
Lose the Burden of Overly Large Breasts
Breast reduction can help women who suffer from:
- Large breasts
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
- Downward pointing nipples
Large breasts can restrict many of us from the activity level we want or need. They can also get in the way and make you feel self-conscious. Some patients experience overly large breasts that may cause serious medical problems such as skin irritation, back pain or breathing problems. At our St. Louis practice, our breast reduction surgeons use the most advanced techniques to achieve proportionate, natural-looking results.
How Breast Reduction Surgery is Performed
During the breast reduction, incisions are made around the areola and extend down the breast and along the crease. Excess tissue around the breast is surgically removed within a few hours, and liposuction may even be used to aid in the removal of fat. After excess skin and tissue are removed, the breast is reshaped and lifted to create a more flattering look and pleasing body contour. The nipple-areolar complex is also raised to a higher position. Recovery time is approximately 3-4 weeks with heavier physical activity beginning in 4-6 weeks, and you may have to wear surgical bandages for up to a month. This procedure ranks very high in terms of patient satisfaction because it both enhances a woman’s appearance and also alleviates a host of health problems.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing decision for women who experience one or more of the following:
- Breasts that are out of proportion with body size.
- Persistent should, neck, and back pain due to the weight of the breasts.
- Postural problems caused by breast size.
- Painful grooves in the shoulders caused by bra straps.
- Significant breast drooping due to breast weight.
- Unequal breast size, asymmetry.
- Difficulty sleeping due to breast discomfort.
- Difficulty exercising or engaging in physical activities due to breast size.
- Rashes or skin infection where the breasts overlap the chest wall at the ribcage.
- Self-consciousness related to unwarranted glances, stares, and comments.
Breast reduction surgery can bring tremendous relief to patients who experience these symptoms. This procedure brings the breasts into proportion with body size, alleviating both physical and emotional effects.
How should I prepare for my breast reduction surgery?
Before undergoing surgery, a patient may need to make a few changes. For example, smokers must quit several weeks prior to their surgery date. Depending on family history, a surgeon may recommend that a patient have a mammogram before their procedure. In the few days before surgery, patients will avoid certain medications, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. Additional preoperative instructions may be provided based on a patient’s unique situation.
Can breast reductions be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes. Many patients who decide to have breast reduction also undergo a breast lift. This ancillary procedure can be ideal for women of all ages who have experienced an overgrowth of breast tissue. The density and weight of the breasts can pull on the skin, resulting in a sagging appearance. Together, a breast reduction and lift can restore the height and projection of the smaller breasts to better align with the overall body frame.
Are breast reduction results permanent?
The results of breast reduction surgery are considered permanent because tissue and skin are removed during the procedure. That said, patients should be aware that weight gain can affect breast size. Proper weight management practices can help maintain the ideal breast-to-body ratio.
What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
All surgery carries some degree of risk. Some of the possible complications of breast reduction include:
- Fluid accumulation under the skin
- Allergy to medical materials such as sutures or tape
- Changes in breast and nipple sensation
- Ongoing numbness
- Asymmetry (unevenness) of the breasts
- Unfavorable scarring
Our experienced plastic surgeons take great care when conducting breast reduction procedures so as to minimize impacts on nerves, glands, and blood vessels.
How painful is breast reduction surgery?
After anesthesia wears off from breast reduction surgery, patients can expect to feel some soreness and tenderness. Prescription painkillers, taken as directed, help maintain comfort during the first days of recovery. Within the first week after surgery, pain subsides a great deal. After the first week, patients may notice mild to moderate soreness for up to two to three weeks. However, this is often tolerable without pain medication.
Find Out More About Breast Reduction Surgery
To learn more about the benefits of breast reduction surgery, contact our St. Louis & St. Peters practice today. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about this procedure and can schedule a consultation with any of our experienced surgeons.