What is A Breast Reduction?
Many women with larger breasts wind up suffering from back pain, neck pain, and even a hindrance in one’s ability to exercise or more rigorous activities, such as horseback riding or dance. Dr. Andres presents women with the chance to let go of their troubles by way of a breast reduction.
What is the Procedure?
Routinely, a breast reduction surgery in Phoenix is performed as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation or general anesthesia. This is carefully administered under a board-certified anesthesiologist. In combination with the extent of reduction the patient is requesting, Dr. Andres’ professional assessment will ultimately determine the correct surgical technique. Through the incisions, Dr. Andres will remove the unwanted breast tissue, fat, and skin. Once the breast size has been achieved, Dr. Andres will reshape the breasts and areolas, ensuring the final appearance is as natural as possible.
What to expect during Recovery
Following your breast reduction surgery, you will be allowed to return home. You will be given a surgical bra to wear. This bra will maintain your newly reshaped breasts in the best position for their healing process. It is crucial that you wear this bra at all times, for the first 3 to 4 weeks, except for when you are showering or bathing. You may experience some bruising and swelling. This is totally normal.
Generally, patients feel ready to return to their daily routines after 2 weeks or so. Any strenuous activities or high-impact exercise may be taken up in approximately 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery. You’ll find that the majority of swelling will diminish within a month or so. However, the final shape and size of your breasts will take between 6 months to a full year to really see. Dr. Andres aims to provide you with the best breast reduction Phoenix has to offer.
Why Choose Us?
When considering a breast reduction, you want to be sure to pick a licensed surgeon who has both the skill set and experience to provide you with breasts that are perfectly proportionate to your form.
Dr. Lewis Albert Andres is known for delivering among the best breast reduction Scottsdale has to offer. He is a top breast surgeon in Phoenix, and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Different Types Of Breast Reduction
There are a few different methods of breast reduction that can be used depending on the amount of reduction will be required to achieve the ideal breast size and shape for your body. These options range from minimally invasive liposuction to surgically removing excess skin and breast tissue. Dr. Albert Andres, our board-certified plastic surgeon, can discuss the best option for you based on the present size and shape of your breasts what will be required to achieve the size and shape you envision.
For certain breast shapes liposuction may be all that is required in achieving your goal of smaller breasts. This is case-specific and is used when the skin is in good condition and there is primarily fatty tissue to be removed. This treatment is typically appropriate for a less extensive reduction in size.
The Vertical Breast Reduction, or “Lollipop”
When there is more tissue to be removed, especially in the case of sagging breasts with stretched skin and areolas, the “lollipop” is the shape of the incision around the areola and vertically down the front of the breast towards the breast crease. This shape allows the areola to be reduced in size and any excess skin and tissue to be removed with the final product being raised nipples and a more youthful looking breast shape and size. The scars are located to be barely visible, invisible to the eye when wearing revealing tops, including a bra or bikini.
The Inverted “T” Breast Reduction, or “Anchor”
When a larger breast reduction is necessary then a vertical “lollipop” incision is combined with another incision along the breast crease. The resultant shape is that of an anchor, or upside down “T” which allows for a greater quantities of breast tissue to be removed and reshaped. Women in need of a more significant reduction will likely need this method to achieve optimal results. All the incisions are located in areas that minimize the visibility of scars.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Choosing to have surgery of any kind can be daunting and choosing breast reduction surgery is no exception. Knowing what to expect from your surgery and being well-informed about your options will aid in calming your mind while you are making a decision about breast reduction surgery.
Who is a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
You do not need to have very large breasts to feel that your proportions are not appropriate for your body shape and size. Any woman who is in good physical health who would like to reduce the size of her breasts is an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Will my insurance pay for breast reduction surgery?
We do not accept insurance for breast reduction surgery. During your consultation, our staff can thoroughly explain what payment and/or finance options are available to you.
What health conditions will improve as a result?
The largest contributing factor to a woman's choice to have breast reduction surgery is neck and back pain, shoulder pain due to grooves from bra straps, or rashes on the under sides of your breasts and adjacent abdominal tissue. You should see an improvement in all of these conditions as a result of your breast reduction surgery. Furthermore, mental-health issues such as low self-esteem can be greatly improved as a result of a more balanced body profile.
Should I consider a breast lift when having breast reduction surgery?
As we age, the elasticity of our skin will begin to decline. If you are a young woman seeking breast reduction surgery, it is possible that breast reduction surgery and liposuction alone will deliver the results you desire. However, if you are a bit older or have breastfed children, you may find that your new breasts might need an additional boost. Adding a breast lift to your reduction surgery can give you the firmer, perkier breasts you envision.
What is recovery from breast reduction surgery like?
Most patients will experience soreness and discomfort immediately following your breast reduction surgery. You will need to take at least one week away from your routine activities such as work, although some people will find an additional week helpful. Your breasts will be swollen and tender during this time.
One week following your surgery, you will come to the office so Dr. Andres can check your incisions and remove your stitches. You will need to refrain from strenuous activity for one month following your surgery, so your breast tissue has an opportunity to heal properly. You should expect to feel tired during this initial recovery period. Rest assured that this is completely normal and will subside as your body heals.
Once you've decided to have breast reduction surgery, you have begun the journey toward having the body you have longed to have. We are here to help you feel the self-confidence that comes with a pleasing figure, free from overlarge breasts and the problems they bring.
A breast reduction can reduce both the physical and emotional discomfort you may feel every day.
Listed below are a few of the benefits you could gain from having breast reduction surgery:
- Improve natural breast shape
- Provide breasts with a sense of symmetry
- Improve nipple position and areola size
- Grant a level of relief and comfort during activities like jogging, dancing or aerobic workouts
During your consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Andres will want to thoroughly go over what you’re hoping to gain through plastic surgery. From there Dr. Andres will examine your body, to assess what needs attention in his professional opinion. Dr. Andres will come up with a surgical plan that is expertly tailored to your figure, so as to receive the best possible results. During your consultation, it is suggested that you approach Dr. Andres with any question or concerns you may have regarding your surgery. By doing so, it gives Dr. Andres a chance to address them accordingly.
If you’d like to further explore your options for a breast reduction in Phoenix, you can request a consultation online. Or if it suits you, you are more than welcome to contact the office directly, and one of our staff members can help you schedule your appointmentSchedule a Consultation