A breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure used to reduce the size of overly large breasts. A disproportionately large breast size can lead to a number of physical and emotional burdens, sometimes making daily tasks, such as exercise and finding clothes that fit properly, very difficult. The symptoms of large, heavy, and/or pendulous breasts often include back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as skin irritation, chafing, bra strap indentations, among other concerns. If you struggle with overly large breasts, you can turn to Dr. Neal Goldberg for personalized breast reduction procedures to achieve a more proportional breast size. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, aesthetic plastic surgeon Neal Goldberg, MD is well-versed in attaining natural-looking results with this highly rewarding breast surgery.
Overly large breasts can cause a number of unwanted effects. Many women seek out a breast reduction to minimize these symptoms, which can lead to a more comfortable and confident life. Breast reduction surgery can help:
Patients who pursue breast reduction to alleviate pain and uncomfortable symptoms are often able to lead healthier, more active lives once they no longer have to contend with the limitations of large, heavy breasts. Dr. Goldberg will ask you about your goals and concerns during a private consultation to help you determine whether breast reduction can achieve the results you’re looking for.
If you struggle with overly large, pendulous breasts (breast hypertrophy or macromastia) you may additionally suffer from pain caused by the breasts and may be self-conscious about your body. The pain associated with overly large breasts may occur in the neck or shoulders, and this condition may cause inframammary fold infections.
If large, heavy breasts are limiting your mobility or causing you to experience pain in your back or shoulders while exercising or performing other daily routines, this procedure may be right for you. Breast reduction surgery is designed to relieve extra weight you may carry in your chest by reducing the size of your breasts. As an added benefit, this surgery can improve the overall shape of the breasts and their position on your chest. After your full recovery period and Dr. Goldberg’s approval, you should be able to return to your exercise program and you will likely notice the difference very quickly.
While pain and discomfort are two of the most prominent symptoms caused by a dominant breast size, women with overly large breasts also face a range of other physical and emotional concerns, such as:
These symptoms typically aren’t improved with dieting, exercise, therapy, or medications alone. Breast reduction is the only procedure specifically designed to treat the symptoms of large, heavy breasts by achieving long-term results. If you are considering breast reduction due to any of the issues listed above, we encourage you to reach out to your insurance provider—some healthcare plans can provide partial coverage for surgery if there is a well-documented history of medical problems caused by excessively large breasts.
A breast lift is technically part of most breast reduction procedures. Both of these treatment options result in a “lifting” effect once excess skin is removed and the breasts are reshaped. By reducing excess breast tissue and smoothing out the remaining skin, Dr. Goldberg can correct the breast ptosis (sagging) that is often present in overly large breasts and create results that look more youthful and “perky.” During your initial consultation, our plastic surgeon will talk with you about your goals and create a treatment plan that can not only address the discomfort you may be experiencing with excessively large breasts, but also improve their appearance with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Breast reduction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes approximately two to four hours to complete; however, the total length of time varies depending on each individual’s unique needs and goals. You will spend some time in a supervised recovery, but should be able to return home the day of your surgery.
This illustration depicts a typical breast reduction procedure and outcome:
Dr. Goldberg will first create an incision, often shaped like an inverted “T” or anchor. The incision circles the areola and extends down to the breast crease. Excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue are then removed from the incision site. Liposuction is performed to remove any additional excess fat, and the nipple is reshaped and elevated, also lifting the breast. Dr. Goldberg will then use stitches to close the incision and cover the area with gauze and tape.
In some cases, our plastic surgeon may decide you are a good candidate for the vertical reduction technique. In this procedure, an incision is made around the areola extending vertically down the breast, somewhat resembling a “lollipop.” If you undergo this technique, scarring may be dramatically reduced.
Following surgery, you should expect a recovery period of one to two weeks. During this time, you will wear a surgical bra to aid in proper healing. Special surgical drains may be necessary to collect any fluid from the incision site. If you experience excessive aching, swelling, or bruising, Dr. Goldberg may prescribe pain medication. Be aware that swelling after the surgery can cause some loss of feeling in the nipples and breasts.
As with any surgical procedure, you need to be aware of possible complications. These may include bleeding, infection, sores, asymmetry of the breasts or nipples, and permanent loss of feeling in the breasts or nipples.
As your recovery after breast reduction progresses, you should feel stronger every day. Knowing what to expect during the healing process can allow patients to achieve a smoother recovery, which is why Dr. Goldberg has provided the following tips to help you prepare for surgery:
Dr. Goldberg will go over all post-operative instructions when he sees you in person. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Goldberg at our Westchester-area practice for more information.
Breast reduction results are meant to last a lifetime with no additional procedures necessary to preserve your lighter, more comfortable breast size. While reshaping and reducing the breasts can undo some of the cosmetic effects of aging, the forces of time and gravity will continue to affect the breasts over the following decades. Sometimes, these changes—such as skin laxity and volume loss—can be slowed by avoiding breastfeeding, pregnancy, and smoking after your breast reduction. At any rate, most patients enjoy their new breast contours well into the future and see no need to undergo additional breast surgery.
This will vary widely based upon the technique Dr. Goldberg selects for your breast reduction. After discussing your goals in a consultation, he can recommend either a “lollipop” or “T” technique. If he selects the vertical “lollipop” reduction technique, the potential for scarring may be significantly reduced. This is due to the incision being made around the areola and down the breast. If Dr. Goldberg utilizes another surgical approach, he will apply advanced techniques combined with his considerable experience performing this procedure to minimize the appearance of scars as much as possible.
Dr. Goldberg customizes every treatment plan to suit the individual needs of the patient. As a result, the price of a breast reduction can vary from person to person. Some of the factors that go into determining the cost of breast reduction include the complexity of the procedure, the technique used, and how much tissue is being removed. At Dr. Goldberg’s practice the average cost of breast reduction is $11,000. This number only reflects the surgeon’s fee, and patients should be aware that the total cost will also include anesthesiology and medical facility fees, and potentially other expenses. During your initial consultation, our medical team will go over the estimated total for your program, including these additional fees. We believe this provides you with the best information you need to make a well-informed decision. If you would like to consider plastic surgery financing, we work with reputable lenders that offer appealing terms.
A breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure used to reduce the size of overly large breasts. A disproportionately large breast size can lead to a number of physical and emotional burdens, sometimes making daily tasks, such as exercise and finding clothes that fit properly, very difficult. The symptoms of large, heavy, and/or pendulous breasts often include back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as skin irritation, chafing, bra strap indentations, among other concerns. If you struggle with overly large breasts, you can turn to Dr. Neal Goldberg for personalized breast reduction procedures to achieve a more proportional breast size. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Goldberg is well-versed in attaining natural-looking results with this highly rewarding breast surgery.
Breastfeeding is a common issue for many women, and breast reduction techniques are available that can limit the risk of negatively affecting a patient’s ability to nurse at a future date. Factors like incision location, amount of tissue removed, and whether the nipple remains attached to the milk ducts will influence the end result. It’s important to remember that not all women are born with the ability to breastfeed; however, if you have successfully breastfed in the past, with the right reduction approach, you likely will be able to again. When you arrive for a consultation, talk to us about your interests and concerns, and we will go over all your options.
Selecting the right breast reduction surgeon for your needs will be the most important decision you make during the surgical process. In general, an extensive history of experience performing aesthetic procedures, as well as the ability to empathetically listen to your concerns and discuss your treatment options, are essential to your personal satisfaction after surgery. There are several ways to help ensure you are choosing a plastic surgeon who can deliver the highest quality of care during your breast reduction:
We understand the process of choosing a plastic surgeon can be overwhelming, but taking the time to research your options can mean the difference between a beautiful, proportionate outcome and subpar results. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our New York City-area office at (914) 840-5999 for more information.
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