Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) - Fort Worth, TX

What to Expect During and After Surgery

A breast reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. A typical reduction mammoplasty takes between 2 to 4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. Following your surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment or surgical bra for several weeks for proper support. You should be comfortable enough to return to work within one to two weeks, but take a break from exercising for four to six weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate, but be patient for nipple sensitivity to recover; it is not unusual for this to take six months or longer to fully return.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $7,500 - $10,000
Recovery Time 1-2 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 3-4 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1 Week
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Surgical Technique

After a strategically-placed incision is made around the areola, excess breast tissue is removed through a liposuction method, and loose skin is surgically reduced. Breast reduction surgery is not only cosmetic, but involves an intricate process of maintaining healthy blood supply to the nipple/areola complex. When the nipple and areola are reduced or repositioned, blood vessels must reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Surgeon skill is imperative for this aspect of the procedure as well as to keep scarring to a minimum.

Incision Placement

Surgeons typically choose to use an “anchor” or “vertical T” incision for Reduction Mammoplasty. With this technique, the incision is made encircling the areola and extending down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. After the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola are. The final alteration is lifting of the breast so that it sits higher on the chest. Absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast are commonly used. For unusual cases or special concerns, your surgeon may make variations to this incision pattern.

Overview

Living with breasts that are too large for your body frame can cause a myriad of other side issues that range from the physical to social and mental struggles. Neck and shoulder pain, difficulty exercising, clothes that don’t fit properly, and unwelcome looks from strangers. When you’re ready to make a change for the smaller, you can learn about Breast Reduction/Mammoplasty from the surgeons at Anderson Plastic Surgery. A smaller breast size and a more proportionate contour can alleviate postural problems, while concurrently increasing self-image and self-confidence.

During your personal consultation with Dr. Daniels, your health concerns will be discussed, and the details of breast reduction surgery will be fully explained to you. For an even more optimal result, you may want to consider having a second procedure performed concurrently with breast reduction. Dr. Daniels uses the safest, most up-to-date cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures available, and consults with each patient to create exactly the result you are hoping to achieve. Fort Worth patients can be confident that Dr. Daniels and Anderson Plastic Surgery will increase their quality of life and enhance their self-esteem through the most comprehensive doctor-patient collaboration available.

Breast Reduction FAQs

Are Results Long-Lasting?
Barring any significant weight gain, the size results you see following breast reduction surgery should remain the consistent. The pull of gravity and the normal aging process will still change the laxity of your breasts, but the size should remain unchanged if there is not a pregnancy or other significant weight gain that follows.

Is Areola Reduction Possible?
A common associated occurrence of exceptionally large breasts is enlarged areolas (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Breast reduction surgery is indeed able to easily correct this. Since the incision is strategically placed around the areola, this offers a relatively simple opportunity to trim down the surface area of the areola and reshape it into a smaller, more proportionate size in line with the new breast size.

What is The Average Reduction Size?
Each patient’s aesthetic and physical goals will influence how much of a reduction is done. Most patients drop a full cup size or two after full recovery from breast reduction surgery.