If you struggle with overly large breasts you can turn to Dr. Neal Goldberg for breast reduction procedures. Breast reduction surgery can help:
- Reduce overly large breasts
- Alleviate pain caused by overly large breasts
- Lift and reshape breasts and areola
- Improve the body’s silhouette
Is a breast reduction right for me?
3694 View Gallery A breast reduction, also called a reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure used to reduce the size of overly large breasts. 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 their body. The pain associated may be in the neck, shoulders or cause inframammary fold infections.
My life has been drastically changed by my breast reduction. I could not have asked for a better doctor, and I could not be happier.
What can I expect from the procedure?
This procedure is done under general anesthesia and can last between two and four hours.
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 is 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.
For my patients — and me, this is one of the most rewarding surgeries that I perform.
– Dr. Goldberg
What will my life be like after breast reduction?
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
THE SIZE OF MY BREASTS MAKES EXERCISE UNCOMFORTABLE. SHOULD I HAVE BREAST REDUCTION?
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.
HOW LONG WILL MY PROCEDURE TAKE?
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.
WHAT WILL MY SCARS LOOK LIKE?
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.
CAN I HAVE A BREAST LIFT WITH MY REDUCTION?
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.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY BREAST REDUCTION?
If you are considering breast reduction surgery and would like to know if your insurance provider will cover any costs, please contact your representative. Many of our patients have had at least partial insurance coverage for breast reduction procedures. This is often the case when the surgery is determined to benefit the patient by relieving back pain, remedying skin problems, or helping with other medical issues. If the patient would like breast reduction surgery, but is doing so to aesthetically change the appearance of their breasts, it is likely the insurance will not cover these costs.
For more information about breast reduction surgery, call our office for a complimentary consultation at 914-722-1600.
*Individual Results May Vary