Many women dream of having larger, more shapely breasts. Unfortunately, for some women, large breasts are not ideal. Dr. Lipton provides breast reduction surgery to women who want to reduce the size of and lift their breasts. A breast reduction procedure may have the potential for more complications than other breast enhancement procedures. For this reason, Dr. Lipton limits breast reduction candidates to individuals who live within 2 – 3 hours driving time to Dallas. Dr. Lipton also performs only cosmetic breast reduction and therefore does not accept insurance for payment of your breast reduction surgery.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. Large and heavy breasts can often cause a lack of confidence and self-esteem. They can also cause health problems that can affect daily life. During breast reduction surgery fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts, resulting in smaller breasts. A breast reduction can help increase patient comfort and improve breast size in proportion to the body.
Candidates for Reduction Mammaplasty
Most women who are in good health and are unhappy with the size of their breasts make potentially good candidates for a breast reduction. The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is a woman with oversized breasts that cause:
- Medical problems
- Low self-esteem
- Physical discomfort
- Emotional discomfort
- Limited physical activity
A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding may not be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Be sure to be open and honest with Dr. Lipton during your consultation to help determine whether this procedure is right for you.
Who is not a candidate for a Breast Reduction?
Most women who are interested in reducing breast volume by 2 or more cup-sizes can be good candidates for this procedure. Exceptions include women who are pregnant or nursing. Patients who smoke will need to quit to be considered a good candidate for breast reduction or any other cosmetic surgery. Due to the potential for scar tissue after breast reduction surgery, women who tend to have irregular mammograms may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. Finally, breast reduction may not be the right procedure for every woman. Some situations, such as deflated or sagging breasts, may be corrected with a breast lift alone. Dr. Lipton is thorough in his consultation so patients can understand which contouring procedure is best for their concerns and desired outcome.
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure where excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed from large breasts. Benefits of reduction mammoplasty include:
- Reducing health problems caused by large breasts
- Quick recovery time
- Balancing the appearance of breasts
- Improving self-esteem
- Improving hygiene
The best way to ensure satisfactory results is to have realistic expectations. Women who do not plan on having more children often combine this procedure with a breast lift and liposuction. Be sure to tell Dr. Lipton about your personal goals to ensure that this procedure will benefit you.
Breast Reduction Surgery Risks
While breast reduction is considered to be a safe procedure, no surgical procedure is without its associated risks. Most common risks of reduction mammoplasty include:
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Loss of sensation
- Inability to breastfeed
You can reduce these risks by following the instructions provided by Dr. Lipton. These risks will be discussed in your pre-surgery consultations.
How many cup sizes can you go down with a breast reduction?
Many women who have been living with extremely large and heavy breasts for some time express an interest in a significant reduction. We understand that the thought of nice, small, perky breasts sounds very nice when the opposite has been your experience. However, it is important to approach breast reduction in the same way we would breast augmentation, with the whole in mind. If we revise the breasts to the opposite extreme, body proportions will still likely be imbalanced and there is a risk that you will feel dissatisfied with your overall appearance. When consulting with Dr. Lipton about breast reduction, you can expect thoughtful discussion about the cup size that would be ideal for your body shape while also meeting your need for improved physical comfort.
How Is Reduction Mammaplasty Surgery Performed?
Reduction mammaplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The surgical incisions are identical to a breast lift. However, during a reduction, a significant amount of breast tissue is removed in addition to the skin. There are three types of incisions for breast augmentation:
- Two rings one larger than the other, around the areola
- A keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease and extending up to and around the areola.
This procedure almost never requires removal of the nipple, and in most cases, sensation and function remain intact. Sometimes, Dr. Lipton can use liposuction to remove fat from the breasts.
How Long Does Breast Reduction Surgery Take?
The length of the breast reduction procedure depends on the technique Dr. Liption uses. Typically the surgery takes 2 to 5 hours to perform.
Breast Reduction Patient Testimonial
“I am so thankful for Dr. Lipton and his staff! My breast reduction surgery results are better than I could have ever hoped for. Dr. Lipton has a wonderful bedside manner and I felt completely at peace before my surgery. Each staff member is caring and provides the highest level of patient care I’ve ever experienced. All around excellent experience!”
Reduction Mammaplasty Recovery
After breast reduction surgery, patients may experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Dr. Lipton will remove the bandages after 2 days, and then replace them with a surgical bra. Patients can return to work within 1 week, although some patients may need up to 2 weeks. Patients should postpone any physical activity for 1 month.
What will my scars look like after my Breast Reduction surgery?
Scarring is a natural side effect of breast reduction surgery. Incisions may extend around the areola and down the center of the breast mound to the inframammary crease below the breast. Some patients need incisions to extend horizontally along the crease as well. Initially, scars are red or pink but, as tissue heals, they usually lighten to be nearly white. Once incisions have healed, some patients apply silicone sheets or scar cream to promote optimal tissue recovery.
Can breasts grow back after reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery removes not just fatty tissue but also breast tissue to refine the shape and volume of the breasts. Breast tissue is glandular and most influenced by factors such as hormones. Fatty tissue, made up of fat cells, can expand and shrink based on weight. This procedure is intended to achieve long-lasting, if not permanent, results. It is rare for breasts to grow back after mammaplasty. Factors that could influence a change in breast size include:
- Significant weight gain
- Drastic shift in hormone balance
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Continued physical maturation after breast reduction (surgery should be performed after breasts have reached their full size)
- Certain medications that affect the endocrine system
How much on average does a Mammaplasty cost?
There is no average price for breast reduction surgery because every case is unique and several factors contribute to the end-cost. Some of these factors include the surgeon’s fees, medical supplies, any pre-surgical imaging or lab work that is necessary, the surgical center fees, and anesthesia. The various costs based on your case can be discussed after your initial consultation, along with information regarding financing, if applicable.
Is Breast Reduction Surgery Covered By Insurance?
Medical insurance can cover breast reduction surgery if medically necessary. Depending on the insurance provider, there may be eligibility factors. Dr. Lipton no longer accepts insurance for breast reduction surgeries.