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Breast Reduction

Large, cumbersome breasts can lead to physical discomfort that can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. Breast reduction lessens the size of large, heavy breasts by removing excess tissue and fat while reshaping the breast mound. This procedure is often one of the most gratifying cosmetic surgeries, as it can create natural-looking and balanced breasts.
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What a Breast Reduction Can Address

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Breast Reduction Procedure

The consultation is one of the most important aspects of your breast reduction. During this meeting with Dr. Boll, she will examine the tissue and fat in your breasts to determine the treatment plan for you. You will also be given specific instructions to follow before and after your procedure to ensure that your recovery goes swiftly and smoothly.
Several different techniques can be used to perform a breast reduction. Dr. Boll commonly uses an incision known as the anchor, or key-hole, incision. This technique allows for the most significant correction. Incisions are made around the areola, vertically down the breast from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally across the fold on the underside of the breast. Excess tissue and fat are removed, the nipples are elevated to a higher position on the breast, and the incisions are closed to reveal a smaller, more compact breast.
Breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and fat. Often, the additional weight of this tissue and fat causes the breasts to sag prematurely. This unwanted sagging can be remedied with a breast lift. A breast lift removes excess breast skin and repositions the breasts to a higher, perkier elevation on the chest. This procedure can be performed alongside a reduction through the same incisions.

Concerns

Recovery

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that typically takes between two and four hours to complete. You are required to have a driver present who can get you home and stay with you for the first night. You will experience bruising and swelling in the breast area. A compression garment will be wrapped around your breasts to aid in the healing process while reducing swelling and increasing blood circulation. Most women feel up to returning to work after seven to 10 days, but all strenuous exercises and activity should be limited for six weeks.

Scars

Scarring will result at the incision sites. You will have scarring around the dark part of the areola, a vertical scar between the areola and the breast crease, and a horizontal scar along the breast crease. All scarring will fade with time.

Cost

You will be given a cost estimate for your reduction during your consultation. The cost of your breast reduction will depend on the techniques used as well as factors like anesthesia costs, surgical fees, and facility fees. If you choose to combine your procedure with liposuction or any other surgery, the additional procedure will be factored into the cost.

Pain

Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia to prevent any pain during the surgery. Afterward, you may experience discomfort and tenderness of the breasts. Oral pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any of this discomfort.

"I wish I had known how much better I would feel

I wish I had known how much better I would feel and how little pain was involved. I love my reduction and I wish I would have done it sooner!!!"
– by Happy Patient
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Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates for breast reduction should be at least 16 years old and have fully developed breasts. Women often consider breast reduction when they are tired of the physical and psychological symptoms associated with overly large, cumbersome breasts. Ideal candidates are in good mental and physical health, willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure, and have realistic expectations of their results.

Breast reduction is a safe surgical procedure that involves minimal risks and complications. While rare, potential side effects can include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in nipple or skin sensation
  • Swelling
  • Breast asymmetry
Yes. Many women who desire breast reduction find that their nipple-areola complex points downward because of the weight of their breasts. The incisions made by Dr. Boll allow for the nipples to be repositioned higher on the breast. The areola is also typically reduced as a part of this procedure.
The results of your breast reduction can be long lasting if they are paired with a healthy lifestyle. Additional weight gain or pregnancy may affect the quality of your results. Aging will also continue to affect you and your breasts.
The ability to breastfeed after breast reduction is a case-by-case situation. If the nipples remain intact during the procedure, you may be able to produce milk. If you think that future pregnancies are possible and wish to breastfeed, let Dr. Boll know this during your consultation so that she can use techniques that can preserve the milk ducts. It is important to remember that not every woman can breastfeed, whether she’s had breast reduction surgery or not.