Breast Reduction Surgery Overview
If you’re experiencing discomfort from having large breasts or feel your breasts are too heavy or sagging, a breast reduction procedure can help you feel better immediately. This cosmetic surgery procedure removes the hanging breast tissue, usually the area of breast that hangs below the nipple. At the same time, any extra skin is removed and the nipple repositioned to create a more natural breast shape.
Is breast reduction right for me?
If your feel that your breasts are too large for you, and this causes you discomfort or frustration, then a breast reduction is a good option to consider, regardless of your breast size. Almost any woman who’s had breast reduction can tell you how they’ve benefitted from the immediate relief—and boost in self-confidence—this procedure can provide.
“I especially feel better about myself and more confident when intimate with my spouse.”—A.L. Raleigh, NC
A breast reduction with less scarring and a better breast shape
Dr. Ditesheim specializes in the “short scar technique” to reduce breast size and give a more flattering appearance. The “short scar technique” incorporates two incisions: one around the areola and one vertically from the areola down to the breast crease. During the procedure, a “lollipop incision” is blended around the nipple and partially down the breast.
The benefits of the short scar technique are many:
- Smaller breasts with a better shape
- An easier, more rapid recovery
- Less scarring
- An improved breast shape that lasts for many years
Preparing for breast reduction
Dr. Ditesheim and our experienced staff will provide you with pre-surgical information that includes guidelines about drinking, smoking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. It is also important to make driving arrangements before the procedure. During the pre-op appointment, we will be happy to go over ways you can help your family get situated for your recovery. Dr. Ditesheim’s caring staff has a wealth of experience in seamlessly preparing patients and their families for the recovery process.
There are a few important things to consider before having a breast reduction:
- The breasts must be fully developed; by about age 15 to 18 for most women.
- A person who is considering plastic surgery should not smoke. If you do smoke, you need to quit well before you have surgery. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, decreasing the blood flow to a healing area. In other words, smoking can slow the healing process.
- Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs must be avoided, as they cause increased bleeding.
Breast reduction surgery details
A breast reduction procedure generally takes between 2 to 4 hours. Breast reduction surgery removes both glandular tissues and stretched skin. During the procedure, excess skin is removed only from the lower part of the breasts to avoid scarring above the nipple. Lastly, the nipple is raised and the diameter of the areola is decreased to a more symmetrical, youthful position.
Breast reduction procedures are performed in our own AAAASF accredited surgical suite. Our modern surgical facilities were created to ensure and maximize the highest possible standards in patient safety and comfort. Our commitment to patient safety is a top priority and thus, all general anesthesia in our office is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Our use of physician-administered anesthesia has given our patients a nausea-free recovery for years.
Recovery from breast reduction
We want to make sure that your surgical experience and recovery is as pleasant as possible. After breast reduction, patients notice an immediate relief from back, neck and shoulder pain they had endured for years. Most of our patients return to work within 4 to 7 days, depending on the extent of the procedure. Larger breast reductions will typically require a slightly longer recovery.
We encourage light activity early in the recovery process; this helps keep you healthy and can aid recovery. Dr. Ditesheim usually requests that a patient wait about a month to get into more vigorous activity, such as running. Our experienced staff will provide you with postoperative guidelines that provide instructions for the most comfortable and successful healing.
Cost of breast reduction surgery in Charlotte
The total cost for breast reduction depends on the complexity of the procedure. This includes all associated costs, such as surgeon’s fees, operating room and anesthesia costs, and post-operative visits. We’ll be happy to discuss financing options at your personal consultation.
Will insurance cover my breast reduction?
Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction surgery to relieve medical symptoms. Your insurance company may require a letter of predetermination before the surgery. Our accommodating staff at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery has years of experience working with insurance coverage and will help with insurance matters related to the procedure. However, cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance policies.