Many women struggle with pain or embarrassment from breast hypertrophy, or the overgrowth of breast tissue. Large breasts can have a tremendous impact on your everyday life and affect your ability to enjoy exercising and restrict your clothing options. Breast reduction is a common procedure for women who experience symptoms of breast hypertrophy, which involves two categories, macromastia, and gigantomastia. Women of all ages come to our female plastic surgeon in Virginia to reduce the size of their breasts through breast surgery and achieve a proportionate body contour.
If you’re interested in a breast reduction, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon at New Image Plastic Surgery Associates in McLean and Reston, Virginia today at (703) 742-8004 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Roberta Gartside serves patients in surrounding areas including Washington DC.
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a breast augmentation procedure that will remove glandular tissue, fat, and skin to lift, reshape, and reduce the breasts. This procedure is often considered medically necessary for women and sometimes men who struggle with gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts). Our office can help you determine if your insurance will cover the cost of your breast reduction. The goal of the surgery is to reduce breast size to increase your overall quality of life, aiding in your ability to become more active, have more functionality, and easing the discomfort of bra straps and breast folds producing unpleasant marks and rashes.
During your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Gartside, you will discuss the condition of your skin, the factor of your age, the shape and size of your breasts, and any associated risks and questions you have with your particular case. Breast hypertrophy is generally treated by surgical excision of the excess skin, fat, and breast tissue. On rare occasions, breast reduction is administered through liposuction, depending on the amount of fat in the breast. Dr. Gartside will discuss the type of breast reduction procedure that is best suited for you.
How to Prepare for Breast Reduction in Virginia
It’s best to take one or two weeks off from work or school to heal from breast surgery. You can prepare for the lengthy process by making meals ahead of time and placing them in the freezer, so they’re readily available. Proper nutrition and hydration are a crucial part of the healing process. You will need someone to stay with you for 24 to 48 hours following your breast reduction as well as someone to take you home after surgery.
Dr. Gartside will go over your pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure you heal properly in as little time as possible. Be sure to discuss all of the medications and supplements you’re taking beforehand and discontinue any that may complicate your breast reduction or ability to heal. If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to quit for several weeks before and after as smoking reduces the oxygen levels in your blood and weakens your immune system, making the healing process longer.
The Breast Reduction Procedure & Recovery
During breast reduction surgery, a local with sedation or general anesthetic is administered. This type of breast surgery is done on an outpatient basis where you go home the same day as your surgery. Breast reduction can take anywhere from one and a half to three hours to complete.
The type of surgical method used for your procedure will most often determine the outcome of the procedure and your breast reduction results. In general, you are recovered enough by the end of five or seven days to be able to drive and sit behind a desk. Any activity that is vigorous, like running or tennis, is restricted for about a month after your surgery to allow for the incisions to heal.
Your breasts will be much smaller after the surgery. Scarring and swelling vary depending on your skin condition. Generally, the scars will diminish within six months. Your breasts should have a more appealing, youthful contour and the distress of living with overly large breasts should minimize.
Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Virginia
If you or a loved one struggles with pain and discomfort due to breast hypertrophy, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia today at (703) 742-8004 to discuss breast reduction surgery. New Image Plastic Surgery Associates serves patients in McLean and Reston, Virginia and surrounding areas including Washington DC.