Women with large breasts frequently experience poor posture, back, and neck pain, breathing problems, and even skeletal deformities. Bra straps can often leave indentations in the shoulder area and cause skin irritations.
If you suffer from any of these issues as a result of large breasts, breast reduction surgery may be the answer for you. At the fully accredited Northern Virginia facility of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Heppe, Dr. Bautista, and Dr. Aflaki are surgeons who are very experienced at reduction mammoplasty, resulting in breasts that are better shaped and in proportion to the rest of your body.
What You Should Know about Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction involves removal of glandular tissue, fat, and skin from the breasts to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, amount of reduction desired, breast composition, your personal preferences, and your plastic surgeon’s advice.
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss everything you need to know about your specific surgery, including what you can expect from your breast reduction recovery.
Breast reduction cost may be less than you think. To find out about our breast reduction prices in Virginia, including discount pricing and promotions, visit our fees and financing page. We treat patients from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Fairfax, and beyond.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Who is a good candidate for a breast reduction?
A woman in good health who feels her breasts are too large for her body and is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms may be a suitable candidate for a breast reduction.
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to her body size
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain due to heavy breasts
- Heavy breasts that droop significantly, with downward-pointing nipples and areolas
- Trouble sleeping due to breast discomfort when lying down
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
On average, breast reduction surgery takes between two and four hours.
Is breast reduction risky?
While all surgeries carry the risk of complications, breast reduction surgery is typically very safe. The most frequent breast reduction complications are infections, scars, and loss of nipple sensation.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
You will go under anesthesia before your doctor starts operating on your breasts, but you should expect to feel some pain for two to three days after surgery. The prescribed pain medication, together with ice packs, will help with the pain and swelling.
Should I lose weight before a breast reduction?
If you’re planning to lose a significant amount of weight, inform your surgeon. Weight loss either before or after breast reduction surgery can influence the breasts’ subsequent shape.
Do you recommend having a breast reduction before or after having children?
Breasts often go through changes in size and shape during and after pregnancy. If you’re considering having children after breast reduction surgery, let your surgeon know about the possibility of you becoming pregnant.
Are the results from breast reduction surgery permanent?
Your results are permanent unless you become pregnant or experience weight fluctuations.
What do I wear after breast reduction surgery?
You can expect to have a surgical bra to wear full-time for two weeks after your surgery. At your follow-up visit, we’ll let you know if you can switch to a similar support garment of your choice.
When can I wear an everyday bra after breast reduction?
It’s best to wait until the swelling has completely subsided, which could be up to three months. After the swelling has subsided, you can shop for bras that fit your new breast size and shape.