What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is for those women with overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery can be a real life-enhancing option. The breast reduction procedure not only gives smaller, firmer breasts, but will also relieve the physical and emotional discomforts of having overly large breasts.
Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that removes the excess breast tissue and skin. In the breast reduction procedure the nipples are repositioned and the darker skin surrounding the nipple (areola) can be reduced.
The breast reduction surgery will provide freedom in your work out routine and physical activity, and the ability to wear different types of clothing styles. The new breasts will look more proportional to the rest of the body.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?
If considering a breast reduction, you will make a good candidate if you:
- have realistic expectations about the breast reduction procedure and you fully understand that the breast reduction will not necessarily change your looks to match your ideal
- are in good health, emotionally stable, and do not have any pre-existing medical conditions
- experience back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of the breasts
- feel your breasts are saggy and heavy with the nipples and areolas pointing downward
- have breasts that are too big in proportion with the body and experience skin irritation beneath them
- have indentations in the shoulders caused by bra straps
- feel self-conscious wearing clothes and/or swimsuits
- have asymmetry
Initial Consultation for Breast Reduction
A personal consultation in our exclusive Dallas office is the very first step to take if you are considering the breast reduction procedure.
During the consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Liland will assess physical and emotional health, discuss expectations regarding the breast reduction procedure, and examine the breasts.
You will discuss the size and shape of the desired breasts, the placement of the nipples, the incisions, and the risks involved with the breast reduction procedure.
Dr. David Liland will show several pre and post-op pictures of breast reductions.
Breast Reduction Surgery: The Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is performed at Park Cities Plastic Surgery (outpatient facility). Dr. David Liland’s office is conveniently located on Oaklawn Avenue near downtown Dallas. Fully equipped with an AAAASF certified operating room, it stands out to be one of the most private and select plastic surgery offices in the Dallas area. The surgery can also be performed at the Texas Institute for Surgery (if covered by your health insurance).
The approach used for breast reduction procedure depends not only on Dr. Liland’s preferences, but also on the look that one desires to achieve.
General anesthesia is used to perform a breast reduction. A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist administers the anesthesia.
After Breast Reduction Surgery
You will probably feel tired and sore for several days after the breast reduction procedure. However, within one or two days you should be up and around.
The breasts may remain swollen and sensitive for one month or longer. Relief from neck, back, and shoulder pain should be felt.
The scars are permanent and may appear to be worse after a few months, but will fade with time.
Pre & Post-Op Tips for Breast Reduction Surgery
- Do no take any medication that contains aspirin, vitamin E, weight loss medication, or Chinese herbs two weeks prior to the procedure. A complete drug list will be provided on your pre-op appointment date.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You CAN NOT take a taxi home. You must also arrange for an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not smoke for at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
- After the first dressing change, wear your sports bra continuously day and night to support and position the breast.
- Driving is permitted after a few days, only if you are not taking pain medications.
- Avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and excessive movement of the arms for two weeks.
- You may resume all normal activities after three weeks of the procedure.
Specific recommendations will be suggested when you arrive at Park Cities Plastic Surgery in Dallas.