Breast reduction, known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to a breast size more proportional to your body frame. The procedure helps alleviate discomfort such as back and neck pain caused by large breasts. Large breasts can cause emotional problems, self-image issues and difficulty fitting in regular clothes. Large breasts can cause skin irritation in the breast folds and shoulder indentations from bra straps. They can also limit your physical activity.
Who is a good candidate?
You are a good candidate if you are healthy and a good surgical candidate. You also need to have realistic expectations about your results. Plastic surgery is an art form, but your results depend on the health of your tissues, body shape, and skin elasticity. If your feel you have large breasts and would like them to be smaller. If your breasts are causing skin irritation in the breast folds, or if your breasts are causing you neck, shoulder or back pain.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed in our accredited surgical center or at a hospital. Prior to surgery Dr. Orloff will draw markings on the breasts. You will then receive general anesthesia so you are very comfortable during the entire operation. During the procedure excess skin, breast tissue, and fat is removed and the new breast is sewn together. After the surgery your breast will be smaller and lifted. Following the procedure you will wake up wearing either a surgical bra or your chest will be wrapped overnight.
How do I prepare for the surgery?
Once your surgery is scheduled you will need to obtain a medical evaluation and laboratory testing. If you are 40 years-old or older you will need to undergo a mammogram prior to your surgery. If you smoke you need to stop smoking. Dr. Orloff and his staff will advise you on proper nutrition before and after your surgery.
What is the recovery like?
The day of surgery you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you. You may experience discomfort for several days after the procedure. Dr. Orloff will prescribe pain medication to alleviate discomfort. You will initially wear a surgical support bra while your incisions are healing. In the beginning it will be uncomfortable for you to wear an underwire bra. As the swelling decreases your breast will change shape and soften. After the first several weeks you will be able to resume your usual activities.
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If you would like to speak to other women who have undergone breast surgery in the past and learn first- hand about their experiences we can provide you with a list of past patients. Sometimes, it is helpful to speak to someone who has undergone the procedure and they can give you a step by step non-medical explanation. Doctor Orloff and our staff are available to educate you about all aspects of the procedure. We encourage you to ask questions and we will do our best to answer them all. During your consultation we will identify your goals and help you find the best way of reaching them. Each woman has unique breasts in size and shape and each surgery has to be performed with those unique differences in mind.
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