Breast Reduction Surgery in Houston, TX
If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, and rashes under your breasts, breast reduction surgery may be able to help you get relief. Breast reduction procedure aim is to reduce the size of your breast by making them more proportional to the rest of your body and to help alleviate the symptoms associated with having large breasts. Lifting of the breast to a more anatomical position on the chest with a small breast reduction is also very effective at alleviating back pain and neck pain.
When breasts are saggy and are low on the chest wall, this changes the body’s center of gravity, putting significant strain and causing discomfort in the back and neck muscles. Reducing breast size while lifting the breasts to their proper place on the chest wall helps to restore the body’s balance and alleviates symptoms. Insurance plans often will pay for the procedure if it is found medically necessary.
What to Expect During Breast Reduction Consultation?
Dr. Bachilo will ask you about your symptoms and concerns and ask you about your desired breast size and other expectations from surgery. She will review your medical history and examine your breast to evaluate the size, shape, skin quality and symmetry. If you smoke, you will be strongly advised to stop for one month prior to undergoing an elective procedure. This will minimize your risk of complications and optimize your healing.
Dr. Bachilo will estimate the weight of breast tissue that will be removed and will give you an approximation of your future size. She will also discuss your surgical incisions and the location of your future scars and explain the risks associated with the surgery.
How Is Breast Reduction Procedure Done?
Dr. Bachilo will perform your breast reduction in an outpatient surgical center or the hospital under general anesthesia. Surgery may take around four hours. There are different surgical techniques to perform breast reduction and Dr. Bachilo will customize your procedure based on your individualized needs.
The most commonly used breast reduction techniques are an anchor pattern breast reduction and a vertical breast reduction. When a larger reduction is needed and more skin needs to be removed, the incision is an “anchor-shaped” and is around the nipple-areola, up and down on the breast from the areola to the fold and horizontally across the breast folds. Sometimes only a vertical and the nipple and areola incision is needed and thus there are slightly fewer scars.
Excess breast tissue is removed, the breast is reshaped and the nipple and areola are repositioned higher in proportion to the new breast. The tissue removed from each breast is weighed separately to confirm symmetric volume reduction. All breast incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. Your breasts will be wrapped in a supportive wrap or you may be placed into a surgical bra after the operation. You will be allowed to go home the same day.
What Is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
Pain after breast reduction is mild to moderate and is managed with oral pain medications prescribed by Dr. Bachilo. You will be scheduled for a post-op visit the next day after your surgery, or Monday if your procedure is on Friday. You may take a shower 48 hours after surgery and continue to wear a supportive surgical bra for several weeks after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one week. Refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4 to 6 weeks. Six weeks after the procedure you will be released to resume all of your regular activities including exercise.
What Results Should I Expect From Breast Reduction Surgery?
Few weeks after surgery your breasts remain swollen and bruised and therefore will be larger than your final result. We advise that you do not go shopping for new bras in the early post-operative period. As your breasts continue to change, your final breast size will become apparent at about 3 months. With the reduction in weight of your breasts, you will feel an immediate improvement in the pain and tension in our neck and upper back. You will be able to enjoy activities such as swimming and running and experience new freedom without the nagging discomfort in your shoulders, neck, and back. With your new smaller and firmer breasts, you will also be able to enjoy new clothing options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Breast reduction can alleviate a whole assortment of health problems associated with having breasts that are too large and heavy, beginning with back and shoulder pain, poor posture, and rashes under the breasts. Breast Reduction can help you achieve a more proportionate figure and a better, more comfortable fit in your clothing, while also improving your self-esteem and quality of life.
Any adult woman whose breasts feel too large and heavy for her body and who is in overall good health with no contraindications may benefit from Breast Reduction surgery. Any woman who suffers from aggravated health issues stemming directly from the size and weight of her breasts should definitely consider Breast Reduction surgery to alleviate those concerns and improve her comfort and quality of life.
During breast reduction, scars are placed around the nipple and areola, vertically on the breasts and sometimes across the breast folds in an “anchor pattern”. A vertical scar on the breast is most visible to the patient when they look at themselves in the mirror. Every patient’s genetics is different, and the type of scar one forms is highly deterred by one’s genetics. Scars look their worse at six weeks after surgery. Scars may become raised and red at this time, but over the next few months, as scars mature, they become lighter and less noticeable. There are certain adjunct procedures and scar products that can help with scar management and can make scars less obvious. If you develop an unattractive scar after your surgery, Dr. Bachilo may be able to help improve it with these procedures or by recommending some scar products to try.
Somewhat. Breast Reduction reduces the size and volume of the breasts and in the process lifts sagging breasts.
Breast Reduction surgery is a personalized procedure that is tailored to each patient individually, and for this reason, prices may vary between patients. You may also choose to have combined procedures, which may further affect the cost of your total surgery. Generally, the cost of Breast Reduction surgery currently ranges between $6,000 and $10,000.
Yes. In many cases, when the pain is caused directly by the weight of the breasts, Breast Reduction surgery will alleviate this pain significantly, improving poor posture, which also contributes to back pain.
Yes. Some patients may choose to combine a Breast Reduction procedure with other aesthetic procedures. You may combine the procedure with other surgeries such as a Tummy Tuck, as well as Liposuction or other cosmetic procedures.
Most likely no. Breast Reduction will not affect your ability to breastfeed, but it may be wise to delay the procedure until after you are finished with pregnancy and nursing, in order to prevent future weight fluctuations and hormonal changes from affecting the outcome of your procedure.
While Breast Reduction may reduce sensation in the nipple, areola, and breast, these changes may be temporary in some patients and the sensation may be restored over time.
In cases where Breast Reduction surgery is deemed a medical necessity due to health problems resulting directly from the size and volume of the breasts, it is likely that health insurance may cover the cost of surgery.
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