Women in need of a breast reduction know that large breasts are not always ideal. In fact, they can be both an aesthetic and a physical burden. Carrying around all of that excess weight on the chest can cause back, neck and shoulder pain. Many may even develop rashes under their breasts and gouge marks on their shoulders from bra straps. Their breasts can inhibit their ability to exercise and wear the clothes that they would like.
Emotionally, overly large breasts can cause women to feel self-conscious; patients often complain about not feeling comfortable in their skin. Since most women develop their large breasts in puberty – a time that is already fraught with emotions – this can be particularly devastating.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin to reshape and size the breasts so that they more proportionally fit your anatomy.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a leader in the field of breast surgery. He has performed numerous breast reduction surgeries, many of which deemed “medically necessary”.
During the consultation, Dr. Whitfield will examine your breast tissue and skin laxity, measure the position of your nipple in relation to the inframammary fold, and discuss your ideal outcome. His goal is to determine the best method for achieving your ideal breast size – one that is proportional to the rest of your body.
Your unique anatomy is going to dictate your incision placement. The incision placement options for a breast reduction are the same as a breast lift:
The right one is going to depend on your skin laxity and how much volume needs to be reduced.
Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure. Imagine carrying around two small bowling balls on your chest and having that weight suddenly removed!
After a breast reduction, patients are able to return to all forms of exercise without pain. They can wear low cut tops and don’t have to feel self-conscious in a bathing suit. Many who have walked around for years with a hunched over posture can now stand tall, appearing more confident and self-assured. Both emotionally and physically, a breast reduction is life-altering.
While scars are part of breast reduction surgery, the scars on the breast heal exceptionally well. To achieve the best results, there are a myriad of effective scar treatment options to help reduce any significant scarring on the breasts. Scar therapy with Embrace is FDA approved and is utilized in particular by Dr. Whitfield after breast surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. Recovery is going to vary by patient, but you can expect to be sore and have swelling for the first 2 to 6 weeks. In general, Dr. Whitfield will want you to use your arms normally. He doesn’t want patients to participate in vigorous exercise programs, a precaution to avoid increased swelling and potentially bleeding. He will advise that you wear some kind of surgical or support bra.
While it may take anywhere from 6-12 months for your final results, most patient will notice a marked difference at 6 weeks post op. Your scars, however, may take up to a year to fully mature, so be patient!
To find out more about a breast reduction with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.