Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to decrease breast size and it is often performed on women who suffer physical discomfort as a result of large and heavy breasts. After having a breast reduction procedure, patients enjoy relief from a life of back and neck pain caused by their large breasts. Additionally, many patients enjoy an array of wardrobe choices that were never available before due to their large bust sizes.
Dr. Arnold Breitbart performs breast reduction surgery with minimal scarring at his Long Island and New York City facilities, keeping the scar well concealed around the areola and under the breast. During surgery, Dr. Breitbart removes excess fatty tissue and repositions the areola to create a smaller and shapelier breast.
Patients are typically able to return to work within one to two weeks, but should avoid strenuous exertion for about a month. Breast reduction surgery can often be combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck.
Post-surgery, most patients are able to enjoy a number of activities in which they haven’t previously been able to participate, such as sports and exercise, without the limitations imposed by having large breasts.
Most insurance companies will cover breast reduction when the breasts are very large, and there is associated upper back, neck, and shoulder pain. After your consultation, Dr. Breitbart will contact your insurance company to determine whether your particular case would be covered by insurance.
Most patients are back to work within 1-2 weeks. Some patients return to work in even less time.
Dr. Breitbart usually performs a vertical breast reduction, which minimizes scarring. Most patients have a scar around the areola, and a scar going down the breast towards the fold. This avoids creating an additional long scar along the lower fold of the breast.
Large breasts certainly can cause back and neck pain. After breast reduction, patients experience a dramatic relief of their upper back, neck, and shoulder pain, and find it much easier to engage in physical activity and sports.
Many plastic surgeons recommend delaying breast reduction until a candidate is at least 18 years old. However, this is decided on a case-by-case basis. Occasionally, there are cases in which younger teens have severe limitations on their activities because of their breasts. Under the right circumstances, breast reduction may be deemed appropriate for teenagers younger than 18.
The decision of when to time your breast reduction is very personal. If you have severe discomfort due to the weight and size of your breasts, you may want to undergo surgery as soon as possible to attain relief. On the other hand, breasts can fluctuate in size and shape during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so it may make more sense for you to delay surgery until after you have had children.
Dr. Breitbart has helped countless women like you weigh the pros and cons of your options. Together, the two of you will make a decision that feels appropriate for your needs.
It is possible to breastfeed after breast reduction. If you wish to nurse in the future, mention your plans to Dr. Breitbart during the surgical planning process so he can take this into account.
Yes. Removing excess breast skin and tissue can make it easier to keep the skin in the breast crease and under the breasts dry and clean, thereby reducing the occurrence of skin rashes, irritation and infection.
Yes, breast reduction is sometimes used to improve the appearance of asymmetrical breasts. If you are happy with the size and volume of your smaller breast, the larger breast can be reduced so the two breasts match each other.
When you initially meet with Dr. Breitbart, he will perform a physical examination and ask you about your treatment goals. Then, he will explain how much volume can safely be removed to give you an attractive cosmetic result.
It is difficult to predict what cup size you will be after surgery because all bras fit differently and there is no standardization. However, a breast reduction can substantially decrease your breast cup size. As long as you and Dr. Breitbart communicate openly, you should be very happy with your final size.
With the proper care and attention, breast reduction scars can fade significantly over time, but they will never completely disappear.
However, most patients are happy to trade scarring for lighter, more proportional breasts that do not cause discomfort or interfere with their lifestyle.
Breast reduction is considered permanent because tissue that is removed cannot grow back. However, surgery does not prevent the remaining breast tissue from enlarging after surgery due to weight gain or hormonal fluctuations (e.g., those that occur during pregnancy).
Dr. Breitbart cares deeply about his patients’ safety and satisfaction. He will guide you through every step of your surgical experience, answering all of your questions and providing you with expert advice. His training and expertise are second to none, so you can feel confident that you will be pleased with your results.