Regardless of age, women whose breasts are large, pendulous, or excessively heavy can experience a host of problems. In addition to back, neck, and shoulder pain, many women attest to feelings of self-consciousness at the beach or gym, discomfort during physical activity, and frustration when shopping for clothes. In many cases, breast reduction can help Mt. Kisco and Westchester County women by reducing the size and the weight of the breasts. The surgery also creates a more proportionate appearance and eases the physical effects of oversized breasts.
If you'd like to learn more about how breast reduction may improve your life, request a consultation online, or call our practice at (914) 241-3003.
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Are You a Candidate?
Plastic surgeons can perform breast reduction on women of any age, although the best results are achieved after the breasts are fully developed, usually by the time a woman is in her early 20s. You may also be a good candidate if you:
- Experience undesirable physical effects, including chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, due to excessively large or pendulous breasts
- Have nipples that point downward or extend below the breast crease
- Have difficulty with some physical activities due to the size and weight of your breasts
During a breast reduction consultation, Dr. Nolan asks you many questions related to your lifestyle, health history, and desired outcome. He also performs a physical examination of your breasts to evaluate their size, degree of sagging, and skin condition. During this initial consultation and subsequent preoperative appointments, the two of you will work together to develop the surgical plan which best suits you, including making decisions about incision placement, amount of reduction, and more.
At our Mt. Kisco practice, breast reduction surgery is performed on both breasts (bilaterally). We use general anesthesia for the surgery.
Incision placement varies, but most women require an incision that encircles the areola and descends vertically down the underside of the breast. Many also require an additional incision in the breast crease for optimal reduction and reshaping. Once the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned and the diameter of the areola is reduced if necessary. Excess breast tissue is removed, and the remaining tissue is lifted and shaped for an aesthetically pleasing result.
Once Dr. Nolan is satisfied with the breasts' new size and shape, he supports the restructured tissue with dissolvable sutures. On the skin's surface, sutures are used to close the incision.
Breast reduction surgery typically lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure. You will need to make arrangements for transportation home.
Your Recovery & Results
Breast reduction surgery is a major procedure, so it's important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal at home. Dr. Nolan provides you with specific instructions for caring for yourself after surgery, and you can minimize the risk of excessive scarring and complications by following them closely.
Swelling and bruising of the breasts is normal and begins to subside within a few days. Discomfort and soreness are easily managed with prescribed medications, although you should refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery while you're taking them. During this time, you'll also be advised to sleep upright or on your back, to avoid bending over or lifting your arms, and to avoid strenuous exercise.
Most patients feel well enough to return to work after 1 week, although those with more active jobs require more time at home. Sutures are generally removed after 1 week, and you'll be advised to wear a specialized support bra as your breasts continue to heal.
The results of your breast reduction can last for many years, provided that you maintain a relatively stable weight and live a healthy lifestyle.