Breast Reduction Surgery
Although many people may believe that “bigger is better” when it comes to breast size, the truth is that women who have disproportionately large breasts can suffer from a number of issues, including general discomfort and diminished self-confidence. Large breasts can lead to unwanted attention and can have a serious impact on a woman's overall quality of life. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduces the size of the breasts so that they are more proportionate to a woman's other features. Read through the paragraphs below to learn more about breast reduction surgery, or contact Artisan Plastic Surgery today at 877-245-6467 to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Francis Johns.
Breast Reduction Candidates
Ideal breast reduction surgery candidates are women over the age of 18 who are dissatisfied with the size of their large breasts. Breasts must be fully grown at the time of surgery, as further breast growth can have a negative outcome on the final results of treatment. Women whose breasts are large enough to cause back and neck pain, poor posture, or rashes on the skin often consider breast reduction surgery. The procedure can also be performed for purely cosmetic reasons. Breast reduction patients should be in good health and should not smoke. Women who smoke will need to quit for a period of time before and after surgery. Breast reduction patients also should not plan to become pregnant or breastfeed after treatment, as both can affect the appearance of the breasts.
Breast Reduction Benefits
Breast reduction is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure which offers a number of benefits, including:
- • More proportionate breast size
- • Enhanced self-confidence
- • More clothing options
- • Relief of back pain
- • Relief of rashes or discomfort from bra straps
- • Ability to participate in more physical activities
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis at Artisan Plastic Surgery's state-of-the-art ambulatory center in Greensburg, PA. During the procedure, Dr. Johns makes one of three incision types, based on the amount of breast tissue being removed. Incisions are either around the areola, around the areola and vertically down the breast crease, or as an inverted T shape, extending across the sides of the breasts. Through these incisions Dr. Johns removes excess breast tissue and skin. He also repositions the nipple on the breast and lifts the breast to a higher position. The incisions are then closed with sutures and patients can begin their recovery period.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Recovery from breast reduction surgery will vary from patient to patient, depending on their individual health and the amount of breast tissue removed. In general, patients experience minor bruising and discomfort in the days after surgery. A support bra should be worn to promote optimal results, and surgical drains or stitches will be removed within two weeks of treatment. Pittsburgh breast reduction patients can return to work within 10 days of treatment, although more strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks. Dr. Johns will provide thorough post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and quick recovery period. In addition, he and his dedicated staff are available around the clock to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure, helping women feel more confident in their own skin. If the large size of your breasts has caused you to feel self-conscious, breast reduction surgery can help you finally feel comfortable in daily life. Schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Francis Johns to learn more about your treatment options. In addition to performing breast reduction, Dr. Johns also offers breast lift, breast reconstruction and breast augmentation in Pittsburgh.