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Breast Reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia).
Disproportionately large breasts can cause both physical and emotional distress for patients. Patients with macromastia may experience physical discomfort resulting from the weight of their breasts. Although breast reduction is often performed to address medical issues, patients who do not have the symptoms of macromastia but are unhappy with the size of their breasts can still pursue breast reduction as an aesthetic procedure. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may be a great option for women with large breasts who want to get rid of the following issues:
- Constant chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Severe rash or skin irritation under the breasts
- Nerve pain
- Restricted activity
- Poor self-image related to large breasts
- Difficulty finding the right bras and clothing sizes
On the other hand, this procedure isn’t for people who:
- Have certain health conditions, such as diabetes or heart problems
- Are very obese
- Want to avoid post-surgical marks on their breasts
Your Breast Reduction Consultation
During the initial consultation for a breast reduction surgery, Dr. Fred Wilder will evaluate your medical history and assess your overall health. Details of the procedure will be discussed, including its risks and benefits. You’ll also talk about your expectations for breast size and appearance after recovery.
What Is a Breast Reduction Like?
Breast reduction surgery is performed using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia.
After the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Wilder will make incisions and begin removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The remaining breast tissue and skin will be reshaped. Dissolvable sutures are often used to close the incisions.
“My neck- my back and I thank you for the breast reduction surgery. It has only been two weeks and I feel and look like a new me! In fact when I got home after the surgery- I kept saying “I am so glad I did this and I am still saying the same thing!! I so appreciate your kindness and patience with me during this process. This is the best gift I could have given myself.”
The Recovery Process
The recovery period for breast reduction depends on the extent of surgery performed, as well as your natural healing rate.
In most cases, patients are able to get up and walk around the same day of surgery. However, your doctor may advise you to take it easy and stay rested for the first 24 hours.
Breast Reduction Cost
The price for breast reduction procedures varies from patient to patient. It may be impacted by the cost of consultations and follow-up appointments.
When breast reduction is needed as a result of chronic pain or other medical problems, some insurance companies may partially or completely cover the cost of the procedure. It’s best to get in touch with your insurance company or consult with your doctor to find out the exact costs.
Arrange a Consultation
A successful breast reduction surgery calls for the expertise of Dr. Fred Wilder, an experienced plastic surgeon. If you’re thinking of getting a breast reduction in Austin, now’s a good time to set up an appointment for a consultation. Contact us today.