Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess breast fat, tissue, and skin. This procedure is suitable for women who have large breasts that are out of proportion to the rest of their body as it helps relieve the discomfort that comes with having large breasts.
All women who had their breasts reduced with Dr Chiara are very pleased with the results thanks to her experience and artistic skills. She can also help men with gynecomastia (abnormally enlarged male breasts) to enjoy a contoured chest and fit body shape.
Consult Dr Chiara if you’re considering breast reduction surgery and she will answer all your questions, explain the procedure in detail and decide the surgery technique that can help you achieve the best and most natural-looking result.
Who can benefit from breast reduction surgery?
Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery is suitable for women with large breasts who want to improve problems like:
- Chest discomfort and chronic rash and irritation under the breasts
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Arthritic changes in the spine
- Pain in the nerves
- Difficulty performing certain physical activities
- Discomfort or difficulty wearing certain outfits
Breast reduction surgery is not suitable for people who smoke, have diabetes or heart problems, or are overweight.
Breast reduction surgery can be done at any age, but you have to wait until your breasts are fully developed to avoid the need to undergo a second procedure later in life.
You may want to postpone breast reduction surgery if you are planning to get pregnant or lose a lot of weight as these can affect breast size and cause sagging.
What happens during breast reduction consultation?
Before deciding whether breast reduction is good for you, you will meet with Dr Chiara who will discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations, review your medical history, ask you about the medications you are taking and the allergies that you have.
Dr Chiara will examine your breasts and take some measurements to decide how much breast tissue will need to be removed to help you achieve the desired look. After that, she will give you some instructions regarding how to prepare for the surgery and what to do during your recovery. She may also ask you to complete some lab tests, or to get a mammogram and breast exam before the surgery to make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions. You have to quit smoking for a certain period before and after the surgery to ensure proper recovery, as well as avoid taking medications, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
How is breast reduction performed?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia and takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on your breast shape and size, desired amount of tissue removal, your personal preferences, and the surgeon’s advice.
Dr Chiara will decide the suitable incision type for your breast reduction based on your cosmetic goals. After removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue, stitches will be placed deep within the breast tissue to provide support, and skin incisions are brought together and closed to reshape the smaller breast and reposition the nipple and areola.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that you will likely be able to go home on the same day. Dr Chiara strongly advise that you ask a friend or a family member to accompany you on the day of the surgery and drive you home after and stay with you till the next day.
What happens during recovery after breast surgery?
After the surgery, you will need to take 2 to 3 weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activities until you fully recover from the surgery.
You may feel tired and have breast pain or soreness after the procedure. Dr Chiara will prescribe an oral painkiller to help you get through the first few days after surgery.
You will need a follow-up visit after a week or two so Dr Chiara can remove the stitches and check your recovery.
Although you will see results right away, keep in mind that the swelling will subside, and the surgical scars will diminish with time. Breast shape and size can alter because of aging and weight fluctuations, but the ultimate effect is usually permanent and the patient satisfaction rate after breast reduction is extremely high.
Book your consultation today with Dr Chiara!
If you think you might be a good candidate for breast reduction, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr Chiara who will be happy to discuss your surgical goals and help you determine the type of breast reduction right for you.