BREAST REDUCTION IN HOUSTON, TX
OVERSIZED BREASTS ARE CHALLENGING TO LIVE WITH AND WOMEN SUFFER FROM SEVERAL ISSUES THAT CAN PREVENT YOU FROM ENJOYING MORE ACTIVE PURSUITS.
To bring your breasts in line with the rest of your body, Dr. Patel and Dr. Truong offer breast reduction surgery at Lift Plastic Surgery. If you’re in Houston or Webster, Texas, call to explore your breast reduction options, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
WHAT IS BREAST REDUCTION?
Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess breast tissue and skin from overly large breasts. It is most often done through an incision around, and vertically down from, the areola.
The extra breast tissue is removed; the remaining tissue and skin are then reshaped to a smaller size and lifted into a more ideal location. The results are lighter, smaller breasts that allow for more freedom without pain or discomfort to the neck and back, and a more proportional silhouette.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
A breast reduction in Houston done by Dr. Patel or Dr. Truong at Lift Plastic Surgery can greatly improve, if not resolve, many of the symptoms that come with large breasts, including:
- Pain during exercise
- Neck and back pain
- Large grooves on your shoulders
- Chronic sores or yeast infections underneath your breasts
- Numbness in fingers, hands and arms
- Other issues linked with oversized breasts, including depression, poor circulation, insomnia, and fatigue
A breast reduction not only reduces the size and weight of your breast, it also lifts and reshapes them, leading to a perkier and more proportional shape.
BENEFITS OF BREAST REDUCTION
The benefits of breast reduction surgery are numerous and life-changing. Within weeks after surgery, most women are significantly more comfortable, as they no longer have the feeling of being weighed down.
Neck, back, and shoulder pain are greatly improved. Many women are able to purchase bras without having to go to specialty stores or having them custom made. In addition, there is no longer the required constant care under their breasts to prevent irritation or infection.
Women are able to resume previously abandoned activities, such as running or jogging, as they are now able to perform them without discomfort. Having a body that is more proportional to the rest of your figure can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin, without attracting unwanted attention.
HOW MUCH CAN I REDUCE MY BREASTS SAFELY?
The degree of reduction is based on your goals, but in order to perform the surgery safely, your doctor needs to leave enough breast tissue to maintain blood supply to your skin and nipple. The doctors at Lift Plastic Surgery use many different patterns to create incisions and remove breast tissue while keeping your remaining skin, nipple, and areola alive.
If your breasts are extremely large, the blood supply to the nipple/areola area is stretched and the chance of nipple/areola loss is much greater once the doctor removes your breast tissue and repositions your nipple and areola. In these situations, your doctor may turn to a free nipple graft, a technique where they remove your nipple/areola and suture it back into a new position. In doing this, your doctor keeps the tissue alive, but your nipple no longer has any connection to nerves or ducts.
HOW IS BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY PERFORMED?
If you are a suitable candidate, a treatment plan is made based on your health and expectations. During surgery, your doctor removes the necessary skin and breast tissue and repositions and reshapes your nipple and areola as needed. The surgeon then re-dresses the skin over the breast mound and sutures everything in place with absorbable sutures.
Throughout surgery, your doctor will sit you up several times to make sure your new breast shape and symmetry are correct. The incisions are dressed with tape and skin glue, and you are placed in a soft bra before you wake up from anesthesia.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER A BREAST REDUCTION?
You should expect your breasts to be swollen, with swelling decreasing gradually over the following few months as the final shape settles in. Once your incisions are healed, the doctors will discuss scar management tips with you.
Prior to surgery, your doctor will supply you with the following instructions:
You may shower the day after surgery
Wear a soft supportive bra without underwire at all times for four weeks
You can switch to a normal bra after a month as long as incisions are well healed
No vigorous exercise or activity for four to six weeks
Limit lifting your arms above your head for four to six weeks
WHY CHOOSE LIFT PLASTIC SURGERY FOR BREAST REDUCTION
When choosing to undergo an elective surgical procedure, finding a surgeon with experience and impeccable credentials is paramount. At Lift Plastic Surgery, you will find two surgeons who are highly trained in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
You will be able to rest and recover, knowing you are in qualified and capable hands. If your breasts are causing you discomfort, call us at Lift Plastic Surgery to learn about Houston’s best breast reduction. Or, you can schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
WHAT IS THE BEST AGE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
A breast reduction can be performed at any age after puberty when the breasts have stopped growing.
If you were a proportional size prior to pregnancy and breastfeeding, ideally it is recommended that you wait until you are done having children. While enlarged breasts are not always directly correlated to weight gain or loss, if you are planning to lose weight, you should wait until you are at your ideal weight prior to undergoing reduction surgery.
DO BREASTS SAG AFTER BREAST REDUCTION?
During a reduction, a lift is performed in combination to return the breasts to a more youthful position.
However, as it is still your own natural breast tissue, there will be some continued aging of the breasts but not nearly at the rate or way they would without surgery. The reduction will keep your breasts looking elevated and natural.
HOW MUCH DOES A BREAST REDUCTION COST?
During your consultation at Lift Plastic Surgery, we will establish the specifics of the procedure that is right for you, including the extent of reduction, technique, etc.
As part of your consultation, your surgeon will perform an examination as well as ask about your medical history and goals. You will be given a final estimate for your breast reduction and from there we will work out the logistics of your surgery.
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