Breast Reduction Surgery, Or Reduction Mammaplasty
Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. There are many reasons a woman may prefer to have smaller breasts: She may suffer from chronic neck, back and shoulder pain.
- She may experience chronic irritation of the skin underneath or between the breasts.
- She may experience social embarrassment because of the size of her breasts.
- She may have grooving of her shoulders where her bra straps rest.
- She may have difficulty finding attractive clothing.
- She may have difficulty exercising.
Regardless of the reason a woman wishes to have a breast surgery, breast reduction has an extremely high satisfaction rating among our patients. Patients literally feel that a weight has been lifted from them. Women of all ages seek breast reduction surgery, beginning in the teen years and extending well into the 70s.
A breast reduction is an operation that provides both functional and cosmetic benefits to my patients. In addition to relieving pain and the other problems associated with large, heavy breasts, a breast reconstruction also lifts the breasts, and gives them a better shape and feel.
The Best Techniques For A Breast Reduction
There are many different methods a surgeon can choose to reduce a breast. I try to limit the number of incisions, and usually only need an incision around the areola and a vertical incision below the areola. Rarely is a horizontal scar underneath the breast necessary. The nipple and areola are NOT removed. I also directly suture the breast tissue to the chest, giving my patients better cleavage and a longer lasting lift. Sensation is usually preserved, and breast feeding is almost always possible after a breast reduction. The surgery can be done under sedation anesthesia, not general anesthesia. I do not use drains in the post-operative period, and there usually is very little post-operative pain. Patients can usually return to work or school within three to four days after surgery.
As you consider plastic surgery, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing your surgeon. Our pledge to you is to provide the latest, state of the art cosmetic plastic surgery in a safe and professional environment. Dr. Palmer is a recognized specialist in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has also been voted “Best Plastic Surgeons in America”.
Our goal is to provide you with “the ultimate patient experience.” Our well-trained staff will help you understand your breast reduction and lift procedure, your financial policies, the scheduling of your surgery, and your post-operative care.
Dr. Palmer and his staff are also available 24 hours a day for emergencies, and will be happy to provide you with their personal cell phone numbers so that you will always be able to reach them with any questions you may have.
At the completion of your consultation, our Patient Care Coordinator will give you an estimate of the cost of your procedure. At this time, you will also have the option to schedule your procedure if you so choose. The decision to undergo surgery is a very important one, and the final decision should be given very careful consideration. Dr. Palmer realizes the importance of this decision, and at no time will you be pressured to make a decision. You are also encouraged to bring your spouse, significant other, family member, or a friend to your consultation.
Where Your Breast Reduction Procedure Will Be Performed
Your procedure will be performed at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery in our fully certified surgical center.
Type(s) of Anesthesia
Palmer Cosmetic Surgery does not use general anesthesia. All of our procedures are performed under sedation anesthesia. Dr. Palmer will discuss in detail this type of anesthesia method during your consultation.