What Is a Breast Reduction?

Also referred to as a reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction is a surgical procedure whereby excess fat, skin, and tissue are removed from the breasts in order to make them smaller. A breast reduction in New York helps patients achieve breasts more proportionate to their bodies. Moreover, this procedure can ease discomfort and provide patients with increased self-confidence. It can also reduce the chances of advanced breast cancer as women with larger breasts are at an increased risk.

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Breast Reduction Incisions

During a breast reduction in NY, the surgeon will make an incision around the areola of each breast in order to place them in the right position once the excess tissue, fat, and skin have been removed. The areolas usually remain attached; however, they may need to be removed and then reattached if you have particularly large breasts.

In addition to the incision around the areola, the surgeon will make another incision down each breast. This will provide space to remove excess tissue, fat, and skin. Aside from reducing the size of the breast, this enables the surgeon to reshape the breast according to your individual aesthetic goals. Depending on the size of your breasts, the surgeon may also have to make an incision in the fold of the breasts. It is worth noting that while the incision scars will fade, they do not disappear completely.

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Candidates for a Breast Reduction in New York and New Jersey

A breast reduction is popular among large-breasted women who suffer from the following issues:

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Skin irritation underneath the breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into clothes and bras
  • Nerve pain

A breast reduction can also help women who have a poor self-image or who cannot perform certain activities due to the size of their breasts.

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Breast Reduction Consultation

During your breast reduction consultation, a board-certified plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and discuss your expectations to ensure that you achieve the results you have been longing for. They will then evaluate your overall health and review your medical record to ensure that you are not at a higher risk of any complications.

If you are in the NY or NJ area and are a good candidate for a breast reduction, your expert surgeon at Advanced Dermatology will provide you with a detailed description of the procedure, its benefits, and any potential risks. They will then give you all the pre and post-operative guidelines to ensure your procedure is successful. This initial consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and voice any concerns you may have.

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Breast Reduction Procedure

A breast reduction in New York and New Jersey involves surgery through incisions and, in some cases, liposuction to remove excess fat in the breasts. They will remove excess fat, tissue, and skin before reshaping the breasts. They will also reposition the areola to achieve symmetry between the breasts.

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Recovery

Recovery from a breast reduction takes approximately one month, although your surgeon will recommend you avoid underwired bras for a longer period of time. For the first week after the procedure, you will experience swelling and bruising. During the healing process, you will have to avoid strenuous physical activities.

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Risks

The risks associated with a breast reduction are more or less the same as those of any major surgical procedure. The most common risks are infections, bleeding, and negative reactions to anesthesia. However, other risks include:

  • Loss of sensation in the areola
  • Inability to breastfeed
  • Lack of symmetry between the breasts
  • Scarring
  • Bruising
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Schedule Your Breast Reduction Today

To find out if you are a good candidate for a breast reduction in New York and New Jersey, contact Advanced Dermatology today to book an initial consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeon. We have state-of-the-art clinics located in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, and Bergen County.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The recovery process after a breast reduction can be uncomfortable. For the first couple of weeks, you may feel slightly weaker and have less energy. You may also experience some pulling or stretching in the breast area. Your surgeon will prescribe some pain medication for you to take for the following weeks after your breast reduction in order to alleviate any discomfort.

Most clinics charge in excess of $5,000 for a breast reduction. However, costs vary according to the physician. During your initial consultation with Advanced Dermatology, our surgeon will tell you how much your procedure will cost.

During a breast reduction, the surgeon will remove excess skin, tissue, and fat. As a result, you will lose weight during the procedure. However, the amount of weight you lose will depend on the size of your breast and the amount the surgeon will be removing. It is important that you maintain a healthy weight before and after surgery to ensure that your results remain the same.

After your surgery, your surgeon will ask you to wear a specific bra 24 hours a day. You will only be able to remove it when showering. After 6 weeks, you will be able to wear any bra you like as long as it does not have any underwire. Approximately 3 to 4 months after the surgery you will be able to wear underwire bras again. While you do not have to wear a bra once you are fully recovered, doing so will allow you to maintain the results of your surgery by providing you with additional support.