If you suffer from neck and back pain, or your physical activity is limited due to overly large breasts, a breast reduction may be right for you. Perfect breast size is a very individual thing and your breast reduction surgery is planned just for you and only you. Breast reduction will remove the excess weight and reshape your breasts, making them proportionate to your size.
This procedure is not just for Phoenix women, however, as there are men who suffer from a condition where the male breasts are abnormally enlarged. Consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod, and let the plastic surgery experts at Dermacare Plastic Surgery bring you back to life with one, or a combination, of our breast surgery procedures.
Breast Reduction Before and After
Are you a good candidate for a Breast Reduction?
Overly large breasts may cause some women to experience both health and emotional problems, leaving them with a lack of self-confidence and physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead a physically active lifestyle due to the discomfort and pain. If this sounds like you, you may be a candidate for Breast Reduction surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rod at Dermacare Plastic Surgery today to find out if Breast Reduction is right for you.
Breast Reduction Surgery may be right for you if:
● You are physically healthy● You have realistic expectations● You don’t smoke● You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large● Your breasts limit your physical activity● You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts● You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts● You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease● Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin● Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported● You have enlarged areolas, which are caused by stretched skinSchedule your free consultation at Arizona Dermacare Plastic Surgery today to find out if you are a good candidate for Breast Reduction. You can visit our office in Goodyear, Arizona, where we treat clients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Goodyear, Tempe, and all of the surrounding areas.
Can I have another procedure done at the same time?
Absolutely! Many Phoenix patients elect to have Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck performed at the same time as their Breast Reduction. This combination of procedures is known as a “Mommy Makeover.” The advantages of this plastic surgery procedure combination include more extensive and cost-efficient improvements with less total downtime and time off work or school.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast Reduction surgery is usually done under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Depending on certain factors, the procedure usually takes between two to three hours. During your Breast Reduction procedure, Dr. Rod will create your more desired size, shape, and symmetry by removing excess skin and breast tissue. He will use the most precise closure technique that will provide you the opportunity to heal with the least amount of scarring.
How long will the results from my Breast Reduction surgery last?
Your breast will remain a consistent size as long as you do not gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. It is important to know that gravity and the effects of aging will eventually cause your breasts to loosen and sag over time. If this has happened, then a Breast Lift may be what you need to reshape and contour your breasts.
Breast Reduction Surgery Aftercare
Our Phoenix board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod will discuss how long it will take before you are cleared to return to your normal level of activity and work. After your Breast Reduction Surgery, you will be given detailed instructions about your post-surgical care.
Immediately after your Breast Reduction surgery:
● If you’ve had general anesthesia, you might wake up feeling groggy or disoriented.● You will have a surgical dressing over your upper chest and will probably have drains coming from each of your breasts.● You may have compression sleeves on your legs to help with circulation (this is to prevent blood clots in your legs)● You will feel some discomfort, but your medication will keep you from feeling pain.● You will be observed by the hospital staff for a few hours before you are allowed to go home, where you will need someone to care for you for the next few days.● Before the hospital or surgical center releases you, you will receive visual instructions on how to properly care for your incisions, instructing you on how frequently to change the bandages and how to empty your drainage tubes.● When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. Any possible discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. If the pain is extreme or long lasting, contact Dr. Rod with AZ Dermacare immediately.● You might notice a change in breast size, but at this point you will have significant swelling. In most cases, this swelling will remain for weeks or even months.
DrainsIf you have drains after your Breast Reduction surgery, they will most likely be removed at your first follow-up appointment with Dr. Rod. This first appointment is usually within the first week after your plastic surgery operation.
Incision CareIt is important that you keep your incisions dry. You may have Steri-Strips on top of your incision line, or you may have sutures internally and tissue glue externally to bind your incision edge. You will be given specific care instructions at your preoperative appointment or sent home with you on the day of your surgery. Dr. Rod may also go over any specific post-operative care with your friend, family member or caretaker, who will be assisting you during your recovery. Be careful not to get any creams, lotions or topical Arnica into the incision because it can cause inflammation.
Suture RemovalIn approximately ten days after your Breast Reduction surgery, your incisions will be checked and stitches may be removed.
Monitoring Your TemperatureWhile you are healing from surgery, please take your temperature regularly. If your temperature is elevated, it could mean a possible infection.
Soreness & PainYour breasts will feel tender, stiff and sore for a few days. More than likely you will not want to move around too much. This will subside. We advise all our Phoenix patients to please continue to take their medications and follow the precise instructions given for post-operative care.
SwellingAs with any surgery, there will be swelling. With Breast Reduction surgery, you may be swollen for up to three months after your surgery. Your breasts will be smaller than they were prior to surgery, even with the swelling. Most Phoenix patients do not notice the swelling because of the reduced breast size.
BruisingBruises may or may not be present after your surgery. Bruising is dependent on the patient, technique used, and the effectiveness of the epinephrine that was administered during your surgery. Any visible bruising will subside over the next few weeks.
SleepingIt is important to sleep with two to three fluffy pillows under your upper back and head. You may also choose to sleep on a reclined chair. As long as your upper torso is elevated to relieve any pressure on your treatment area, reduce swelling and decrease any pain.
BathingYou may be asked to take sponge baths until your incisions are closed and sutures are no longer in place. You may not be allowed to wash your hair for a while because you will not be allowed to raise your arms over your head. Please have your friend, family member or caregiver assist you with your bathing routine.
ActivityEven though you most likely will not feel up for much activity, you will be instructed to walk and move around as soon as you can. This is to prevent blood clots and swelling. You will be instructed not to exercise or engage in any strenuous activities for at least three to four weeks. Please, do not lift anything over five pounds or try to raise anything over your head until Dr. Rod releases you to do so. You should take your time healing. Your full range of motion should return in approximately six to ten weeks, depending on how well you’re healing.
Dr. Rod will give you specific instructions for your Breast Reduction recovery that will include all of the necessary information on how to care for your breasts post-surgery.