Have you have always been unhappy with your overly large breasts? While full breasts can be an asset, oversized breasts can cause a variety of physical problems and create self-consciousness by drawing unwanted attention. Breast reduction surgery in Albany, New York, at The Plastic Surgery Group can free you from physical and emotional pain and help you move more freely and confidently.
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Women choose breast reduction for a variety of reasons. This procedure may be right for you if you experience any of the following:
Our plastic surgeons usually perform breast reduction surgery using an anchor-shaped incision. This incision resembles the shape of a boat anchor as it traces the areola, drops down, and follows the curve along the breast crease. Through the incision, your plastic surgeon removes the extra tissue, fat, and skin that causes your breasts to be too large. Your surgeon also repositions the nipple and areola and shapes the breasts around them, giving you a new, firmer contour. Sometimes, liposuction is used to eliminate extra fatty tissue from under the arms.
When the breasts are very large or hang extremely, both the nipples and areolas are usually repositioned through grafting.
The cost for breast reduction surgery ranges from $7,500 to $8,000. Our financing options can make the procedure fit within most financial situations. For the most positive surgical outcome, we recommend considering your surgeon's credentials over issues of cost. Visit Meet the Surgeons to learn more from our exceptional team.
Keep in mind that everyone heals at their own rate; however, you can expect your recovery process to generally proceed as follows:
For the first day or 2 following your surgery, you may have a drainage tube inserted to eliminate blood and fluids more effectively from the incision areas. Most patients experience some discomfort and pain for about 3 to 7 days, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Initially, you will need to wear an elastic bandage held in place with a surgical bra.
In most cases, stitches are removed within 3 weeks after surgery.
You will need to continue wearing the surgical bra for several weeks when the swelling and bruising subside. As you heal, you will continue to feel less and less discomfort. But you may feel achy for a few weeks following your surgery. During this time, you should not do any heavy lifting or strenuous pushing. Keep in mind that you will have less energy for a few weeks following your surgery and that you need to reduce your physical activity to help your body recover. Follow the directions of your plastic surgeon regarding returning to work, exercise, and sexual activity.
Scarring is inevitable with breast reduction surgery, although your plastic surgeon will make every effort to conceal and minimize the incisions. While the scars will fade over time, they will be permanent. It is very important to follow your plastic surgeon's directions before and after surgery to promote optimum scar healing.
After breast reduction surgery, some patients might experience a temporary infection or some bleeding or have a reaction to the type of anesthesia used during the operation. These conditions are rare, and your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions to follow to help avoid them. Other possible risks and complications include:
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38 year old female with large breast causing back, neck and shoulder pain. She also notes trouble finding bras that fit because of her breast asymmetry. Patient shown before and after breast reduction surgery.
This woman underwent a breast reduction to improve symptoms of back, neck and shoulder pain. Some asymmetry was also corrected.
22 year-old female who presented with heavy pendulous breasts and a history of back and neck pain with shoulder grooving. Patient was reduced from a DD to small C/full B cup.
This 39 year old mother of 3 children did not like her appearance after having the children and wanted the MOMMY MAKEOVER. YES, THIS IS THE SAME PATIENT ! The patient wanted to have a breast reduction without implants and wanted to be quite small. She also did not like the contours of her body in the abdominal areas including the loose abdominal muscles and the fatty tissue of the lower abdomen and other areas including the waist, hips and back. The plan was put in place after the consult to approach these together with a tummy tuck and liposuction of the areas mentioned above and to complete a breast reduction (She was a DDD and wanted to be MUCH smaller...
19 year-old young lady who presents with a longstanding history of neck shoulder and back pain secondary to large, heavy breasts. Status post short scar breast reduction with approximately 200 grams of tissue removed from each breast. Reduced breast size from a DD to a C cup.
Patient with heavy, painful breasts that were causing neck and shoulder discomfort underwent breast reduction and repositioning resulting in a smaller and more youthful appearance. The surgery was covered by the patient’s insurance because of the magnitude of the reduction.
In some cases insurance will pay for breast reduction surgery if you are experiencing physical pain or other conditions. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. You can also contact your insurance provider for more information.
Breast reduction surgery usually takes 2 to 4 hours to complete.
Breast reduction surgery is conducted in a hospital or surgery center operating room, and you will either be admitted as an outpatient or perhaps have an overnight stay.
Sometimes patients experience a temporary numbness or loss of sensitivity following breast reduction surgery. In most cases this condition will correct itself during the healing process, although permanent sensitivity loss can occur. Ask your plastic surgeon about this concern during your consultation.