Breast Reduction Dallas, Texas
Overly large breasts can negatively impact a woman’s physical and mental health, causing poor posture, back and neck pain, and self-confidence issues.
Dr Liland helps patients to combat the problem with breast reduction surgery in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. We understand how larger breasts can impact your life, so we’re here to listen to your concerns and help you achieve the look and size you’ve always wanted.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure which removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin to alter the size and shape of the breasts. The procedure helps to resolve health-related issues that large, heavy breasts can cause and improve their aesthetic appearance.
It is commonly performed on patients who are unhappy or self-conscious about the size of their breasts or feel they’re disproportionate to the rest of their figure.
Other women suffer from various health-related issues due to their breast shape and size, such as having chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain, or developing infections and rashes. For some women, large breasts can impair their ability to exercise, and their bra straps can cause extra strain and form grooves in the shoulder.
The breast reduction procedure has a 97% worth it rating on RealSelf since it helps to address medical problems and can enhance the patient’s confidence.
What Are The Benefits Of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Most breast reduction patients report that they regret not having the procedure earlier due to the host of benefits it provided. This is no surprise when you consider the variety of aesthetic and medical results the surgery can achieve.
- Reduces physical discomfort and pain in the back, shoulders, or neck
- Helps to prevent rashes, infections and skin irritation
- Allows patients to exercise more comfortably
- Improves posture
- Clothes tend to fit better
- Breasts are a better proportion to the rest of your figure
- Increases confidence
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Breast Reduction?
Suitable candidates for breast reduction surgery are women with breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of the body. Typically, they’ll have a sagging appearance and a heavy weight, causing discomfort. One breast may even be significantly larger than the other.
Furthermore, ideal candidates will require the removal of breast tissue and excess skin. This is important as it means liposuction of the breasts alone is not a suitable option.
Other factors which may make you a good candidate for the procedure include:
- Over the age of 18
- Good physical health
- Realistic expectations
- Do not smoke
Types Of Breast Reduction
The Anchor Reduction
An anchor breast reduction is a common choice for most patients. An incision is made around the nipple, which continues in a straight line downwards before turning horizontally across the breast crease. This procedure is suitable for patients who have very large or sagging breasts. Some patients may require their nipples to be removed and then repositioned.
The Circumareolar Reduction
The circumareolar reduction is suitable for women with slightly smaller breasts than those suited for the anchor-type procedure. The incision is smaller as it only goes around the nipple and then down in a straight line to the bottom of the breast (there’s no horizontal incision across the breast crease)
The Vertical Pattern Reduction
In a vertical pattern reduction, an incision is made around the areola. It’s ideal for patients who require less tissue to be removed or only require surgery on one breast to solve asymmetry concerns.
Liposuction is a completely different technique from the other options. A cannula is inserted into the breast and used to remove excess fat. This procedure is only suitable for patients with a high fat ratio in their breasts.
Breast Lift & Reduction Combo
Breast reductions are often combined with a breast lift, specifically an anchor lift, so that the size of the breasts is reduced at the same time as their position being lifted, giving a more balanced and youthful result.
Preparing For A Breast Reduction
Before The Consultation
You should research the procedure and consider what size you would like to go down to. We recommend you write down any questions you wish to discuss at your consultation. You should also speak to your insurance provider to see if you qualify for any coverage of the procedure.
During the consultation, Dr Liland will review your medical history, current medications, and allergies before conducting an assessment and listening to your goals. He will then determine which breast reduction method is the most suitable option, and he’ll explain the procedure, recovery, and risks.
Before The Procedure
You should stop smoking around six weeks before your surgery. You may also be told to stop taking painkillers a few days before the surgery. On the day of your surgery, you may need to avoid drinking or eating (as is the case with many surgeries), but Dr. Liland will discuss this with you beforehand.
How Is A Breast Reduction Performed?
General anesthesia, or in some cases, local anesthesia will be administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. If you’re interested in learning more about anesthesia please visit our page on Sedation Options.
Dr. Liland will make incisions around the areola and potentially downwards to the bottom and across the breast. The extent of the incisions will vary depending on the specific type of breast reduction being performed, which will be determined in your consultation.
Dr. Liland will then remove the desired amount of fat, breast tissue, and skin to achieve your ideal size. In most cases, the position of the nipple can remain the same, but sometimes they will need to be repositioned (this will be discussed with you in your consultation).
Closing The Incisions
Generally, the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches. Since the procedure often requires extensive incisions, scars are an inevitable result of the surgery. The extent of the scarring will depend on the technique used, how many incisions were necessary, and the size of these lines.
Breast Reduction Examples
Check out the before and after pictures below to see examples of breast reductions for previous patients.
In this example, you can see how a reduction helped to provide a more even balance and shape to an 18-24-year-old patient.
In this example, we helped a 35-44-year-old patient successfully reduce the size of her breasts but in proportion to the rest of her body.
What Size Can I Achieve With Breast Reduction Surgery?
Ultimately, with breast reduction you can choose a size you are comfortable with and meets your individual goals. Dr. Liland will provide recommendations based on your circumstances, and he can help you decide the appropriate extent of reduction to ensure you are happy with the result.
There are several factors to consider that will impact the final result and size, including:
- How much fat, skin and tissue you want to remove
- The type of breast reduction procedure
- Your initial breast size
- Your figure, as it’s important to keep the breasts in proportion to your body
- How much tissue needs to remain to ensure an adequate blood supply to the nipple
- Whether you are happy to remove and reattach the nipple – for example, if you wish to reduce by three cup sizes, it is recommended that the nipple is repositioned
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
Realself state that the average cost of breast reduction surgery is $8,450. However, the actual cost can vary substantially – for example, it will be higher if combined with a breast lift.
In cases where a breast reduction would result in significant medical benefits to a patient’s life, the procedure might be partially or fully paid for by their healthcare insurance. Many of our breast reduction patients in Dallas have had coverage, but you need to discuss it with your insurance provider to see if they will assist in financing your procedure.
How Long Does Recovery From A Breast Reduction Take?
Breast reductions are often outpatient procedures, meaning you may be able to go home on the day of the surgery. A friend or family member should drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for the first couple of days after surgery, as you will be in pain and your movement will be restricted.
Many patients will find their breasts sore after surgery, and pain medication can be prescribed. After the surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages, and you will need to wear a compression bra for around the first four weeks. Additionally, wearing a sports bra after this period is often recommended since it will be more comfortable.
Most women take one to three weeks off work, during which time you should avoid any heavy lifting, but it can take up to six weeks before you can resume regular activities. It is important that breast reduction patients get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and eat well.
Dr. Liland will give you specific instructions regarding compression bras, follow-up appointments, and when you can return to various activities.
What Are The Risks Of Breast Reduction?
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of safety and care, but, as with any surgery, there are several risks to consider.
Healthline explains that the risks of breast reduction tend to be minimal compared to many other cosmetic procedures. However, there is a small risk that surgery could result in a change or loss of sensation in your breasts and nipples.
Furthermore, you could encounter difficulties with breastfeeding in the future, and you should raise this with your surgeon.
How Bad Will The Scars Be?
Scars are unavoidable with breast reduction. You should ensure you’re comfortable with this before proceeding. However, the severity of your scars will depend on the type of reduction performed. For example, an anchor reduction produces the most scarring but delivers the most effective results.
It’s worth discussing scarring in your consultation, but remember that most patients don’t notice them after a while.
Is Financing Available?
We understand that many patients simply cannot afford a lump sum payment for the surgery. So, if your insurance doesn’t cover breast reduction, we offer various financing options with flexible payment plans.
You can find out more about our financing options here.
Why Choose Dr Liland?
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Dr Liland is a board-certified plastic surgeon, recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the state following a 30+ year career in private practice. He specializes in all forms of breast plastic surgery, including reduction mammoplasty.
Dr Liland is a member of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. Our plastic surgery center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), showing our commitment to delivering the highest patient safety and care standards.
“My experience was beyond amazing! I was very nervous and they made me feel so comfortable. They went above and beyond from the very beginning and my results were better than I ever expected.”
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Dr. Liland is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He has years of experience in cosmetic surgery and can provide a full range of procedures.
If you want to take the next step and learn more about your options for a breast reduction in Dallas, contact us online or call us. Dr. Liland will help you determine whether treatment is right for you and, if so, which solution best suits your needs.
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