Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Mammoplasty is a reconstructive surgical procedure to scale down the size of very large breasts.* Women with very large breasts are often plagued with back neck, and shoulder pain, skin irritation and bra strap grooving. Exercising can be uncomfortable. Breast reduction surgery is most often done to relieve physical discomfort rather than for cosmetic reasons. Surgery isn’t performed in younger women until the breasts are fully developed (usually by age 18) and the patient is mature enough to understand the procedure and expectations.

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Are You a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breasts that are too large for your body can cause discomfort and physical limitations, such as inhibiting the ability to exercise, work, or even play with your kids. Overly heavy, sagging breasts can also cause some women to feel self-conscious. If you suffer from these afflictions, you could be a candidate for this surgery. Dr. Flugstad has helped many women achieve a better self-image and live healthier, more active lifestyles through breast reduction surgery. If breast reduction is right for you, we will partner with you to develop a surgical plan that meets your lifestyle and goals. Many breast reduction surgeries are covered by insurance, and we will help you determine eligibility with your insurance company.

What Happens During Breast Reduction?

Prior to surgery your surgeon will measure and mark your breasts. Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Horizontal and vertical incisions are made so they are partially hidden by the natural contours of the breast. Excess skin, glandular tissue and fat are taken out. The nipple and areola are moved, without detaching them, to a new and higher position. The remaining skin and breast tissue are used to reshape the breast. Liposuction may also be used to improve the definition of the breasts, especially the sides.* Numbness in the nipples and breast skin is common for a few months after surgery, and may be long-lasting in some patients.*

Correction of the nipple position and areola size are additional benefits of breast reduction. If the breasts are extremely large, the nipple may be detached and moved into a higher position, but this is not commonly needed. If the areolas are too large for the new, smaller breast size, they can also be reduced in size for a more balanced look.* Our goal is to reshape your breasts to fit your body.

What is Involved in Breast Reduction Recovery?

Soreness, bruising, and swelling are usually experienced for a few days after surgery.* Discomfort can be controlled with pain medication prescribed on an individual basis if necessary. A supportive post surgical bra should be worn at all times while your incisions heal. Many patients report immediate relief of their shoulder pain and back pain.* You should plan to take it easy for a couple of weeks and avoid lifting anything heavy for 4 weeks.*

It may take a while for you to adjust to your new shape and size, but with your new figure come improved self-confidence and increased self-esteem.* Gone are the physical and emotional discomforts of large breasts; your body will be better proportioned and your clothes will fit better.*

If large breasts are causing you discomfort, contact us now to learn more about Breast Reduction in Bellevue, Washington.

* Individual results and patient experience may vary.

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