What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that eliminates excess skin, fat, and breast tissue to reduce the size of the breasts. Large or heavy breasts can cause discomfort in the shoulders, back, and neck. In some cases, they may even prevent a woman from being able to participate in exercise or other activities. With a breast reduction, patients can enhance their comfort and their quality of life by reducing the breasts to an optimal size. Many patients find that they also achieve a better-proportioned figure after a breast reduction, contributing to a boost in confidence.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?
At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we take a personalized approach to every breast reduction procedure. This means that the cost of your treatment will depend on variables like your personal preferences and unique cosmetic goals. As a result, we cannot provide you with the exact cost of treatment until you visit us in-office for a consultation. If you are concerned about the cost of your treatment, we are proud to offer plastic surgery financing to help make our treatments more affordable. In addition, we offer CosmetAssure insurance with every cosmetic surgery, so you can go into your treatment with confidence and peace of mind.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery Like?
During your breast reduction surgery, an incision around the areola of the nipple is usually required. In most cases, an additional incision will extend downward from the nipple, towards the breast crease. The location and size of your incision will depend on the condition of the breasts and your specific treatment plan. After the incisions are made, we will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size of the breasts. At this point, we can also adjust the size and positioning of the nipple so that it sits naturally in the center of the breasts. Once your desired results are achieved, we will close the incisions, completing the treatment.
What is Recovery Like Following a Breast Reduction?
Recovery following a breast reduction is different for every patient. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and tired for several days following your surgery. The first 24 to 72 hours after your procedure is when you will experience the most discomfort. However, your breasts may remain swollen and tender for a month or longer. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least one month, but it is likely that you may be allowed to resume light activities after about one week and return to work within a few days. Part of your recovery also involves wearing a postoperative bra or compression garment. These items are designed to provide you with extra support and positioning while you heal. We will provide you with additional information regarding your recovery during your consultation.
If you are considering a breast reduction, contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started with treatment. At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we welcome patients from Knoxville, Maryville, Loudon, and the surrounding communities of East Tennessee.