Description of Breast Reduction
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, skin and glandular tissue to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized decision and should be done to improve your emotional and physical health.
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Breast Reduction Benefits
Breast reduction can:
- Increase your physical activity level
- Minimize pain and discomfort caused by excessive weight placed on your back, neck and shoulders
- Tighten stretched skin caused by enlarged areolas and low hanging breasts
- Provide relief for discomfort caused by skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Preparing for Breast Reduction
You will begin the process with a doctor consultation where you will be asked many questions to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Health history, physical, likely outcomes and potential risks are a few examples of topics that will be discussed during your consultation. Lab testing, medications and age appropriate mammograms are also completed as part of procedure preparation. The procedure will be conducted at a licensed surgical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Breast Reduction FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
We recommend our patients be in good health and non-smokers to ensure successful healing. We also recommend our patients have a positive outlook with specific goals in mind for improving their image.
HOW LONG WILL BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY TAKE?
Following all doctors’ instructions is essential to successful recovery. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure and stay with you the first night. Discomfort is common following the procedure, however medication will be provided to manage pain. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which point you should be ready to return to work and normal activity. Intimate contact with breasts can usually be resumed within 4-6 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction.
Your better proportioned figure will likely enhance your self image and boost your self-confidence.
WILL MY “NEW” BREASTS LAST FOREVER?
A woman can experience a variety of life changes such as weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity that can affect breast size. The good news is breast reduction results should be long-lasting.
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