Improve Your Figure's Proportion with Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is designed to bring the bust into proportion with the rest of the body. Overly large breasts can cause physical discomfort and compromise your confidence in your appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Potter performs this cosmetic procedure, which is clinically known as reduction mammoplasty. The breast reduction procedure involves the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, and reducing the size of the areolae if necessary. After surgery, your breasts will be smaller, lighter, and appear rejuvenated. To schedule a consultation and learn whether breast reduction surgery is right for you, contact our Dallas practice today.
Candidates for breast reduction surgery are patients who are in good general health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery. Breast reduction surgery can:
- Relieve back, neck, and shoulder pain resulting from overly large breasts
- Reduce skin irritation under the breasts
- Improve posture problems that result from breast weight
- Enhance overall proportions and appearance of the breasts
- Reduce self-consciousness and raise self-esteem
Medical factors that can affect candidacy include health conditions such as severe obesity, diabetes, wound healing disorders, and heart or circulatory disorders. Patients should not currently be breast-feeding or smoke, and their skin should have a sufficient amount of elasticity. Prior to surgery, Dr. Potter will perform a complete examination, which may include medical tests, to evaluate your candidacy. He will also discuss your goals for surgery with you, and explain what to expect for your procedure and recovery.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious throughout the procedure. There are several surgical techniques that Dr. Potter may choose from depending on your anatomy, aesthetic concerns, and goals. Each technique accesses the breast tissue through a different incision site, which will affect the location and visibility of any scarring.
Through the incision, Dr. Potter removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue. He then repositions the nipple higher on the breast before closing the incisions with sutures and wrapping the area with sterile dressings. Drains may be placed in your breasts to prevent fluid build-up and promote faster healing. The entire surgery takes approximately two hours. If another procedure such as a breast lift is performed at the same time, total treatment time will be increased.
Patients can expect to experience some pain in the first few days following their surgery, and milder discomfort for a week or longer afterward. Dr. Potter can prescribe medications to alleviate any discomfort. Some swelling and bruising, which may last for several weeks, is also normal. A surgical bra that is worn at all times except bathing can help reduce swelling while supporting the breasts during healing. Patients usually resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, and are advised to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for several weeks. Dr. Potter will provide you with follow-up care and complete post-operative instructions, which you should follow carefully.
Risks and Benefits
Like any surgery, breast reduction involves certain risks. Although it is a generally safe procedure, potential side effects include adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, altered breast sensation, and uneven nipple height. Choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon will reduce your already low risk for potential complications. Most patients feel that the benefits of breast reduction - most importantly, freedom from the physical and emotional discomfort of overly large, heavy breasts - are worth the risks associated with this surgery.
Dr. Potter is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for treating each patient with the respect and compassion they deserve. To learn more about breast reduction surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Potter today.