Robert Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Breast Reduction Surgery
in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville Arkansas
If you have large, pendulous breasts, you may suffer from not only emotional dissatisfaction but physical discomfort as well, including neck, back, and shoulder pain. Breast reduction is performed to relieve the physical discomfort associate with large breasts, while improving the size, shape, and lift for an immediate confident booster. During this procedure, the size of the breast is reduced, the position is elevated, and generally, the nipple/areola size is minimized for a more natural appearance.
Reasons to Consider Breast Reduction
- If you are suffering from consistent back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts.
- If your breasts are sagging, or causing painful bra strap marks.
- If physical activity is restricted due to chafing, pain, or discomfort.
- If your breasts are not proportional to the rest of your body figure.
How does Dr. Taylor evaluate me for breast reduction surgery?
During your scheduled consultation, Dr. Taylor will examine the size, shape, and skin elasticity of your breasts. He will also examine the placement of the nipples and areolas, which will most likely be reduced and repositioned during surgery.
Be prepared to discuss your medical history, including medical conditions, allergies, previous surgeries, and your current medications. It is vital to provide complete and honest information to ensure the best possible outcome of surgery. Dr. Taylor will recommend a mammogram if you are over the age of 25 and have not receive one within the past year.
You should inform Dr. Taylor if you are planning on losing more weight or getting pregnant, as this may alter the results in the near future. It is highly recommended to stabilize your weight before having surgery, for long-lasting results.
What can I expect with breast reduction surgery?
Breast reductions are performed in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art on-site surgical center. Before the procedure, a general anesthetic is administered so you are asleep throughout the operation. There are many incision techniques for breast reduction, including an incision circling the areola, a “keyhole” incision that circles around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, or an anchor-shaped incision, which is similar to the keyhole but also extends along the breast crease.
Depending on the amount of breast tissue to be removed, your procedural steps will vary. When surgery is complete, the incisions are closed and you are taken to a recovery room where you’ll be monitored. Dr. Taylor may recommend small drain tubes placed in your breasts to avoid an accumulation of fluid. Additionally, you will be wrapped in gauze dressings and a surgical bra to maintain your new results.
When can I return to activities after breast reduction?
Generally after breast reduction, patients are able to return to sedentary work within just two weeks. Often, you can resume most of your normal activities, including mild exercise, after three weeks. During this time, you may experience some mild discomfort, but this is typically normal. Severe pain should be reported to Dr. Taylor as soon as possible.
How long will breast reduction results last?
You can expect your breast size to remain consistent, as long as you avoid gaining a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. Unfortunately, the effects of gravity and aging are unavoidable, which eventually changes the size and shape of every breasts. If you experience changes years after your breast reduction, you can always look into a breast lift that restores a more youthful breast contour.