Breast Reduction Surgery in Houston
Breast reduction surgery is becoming more frequent among women for the same general reason as those who want breast implants: to achieve a more proportionate figure. Texas Center for Breast and Body can help create the best overall shape for you, whether that involves implants or a breast reduction, with state-of-the-art operating facilities and highly experienced, board-certified doctors.
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The Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction procedure surgically reduces excess breast tissue, fat and skin, making breasts smaller and firmer. Most surgeries take about one to two hours per breast while the patient is fully asleep under general anesthesia and monitored by our medical team. The most common method of reducing the breasts involves three incisions: one incision made around the areola, a second incision that runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and a third incision that follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After Dr. Schusterman has reduced excess breast tissue, the nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) may be reduced and repositioned to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually has been stretched, often needs to be reduced in size to look proportionate with the new breast shape. Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast, and finally, liposuction may be used to improve the contour under the arm. The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, which allows for normal sensation post-surgery. In most instances, the ability to breastfeed may also be preserved by this method.
Is a Breast Reduction the Same as a Breast Lift?
A breast reduction is a different procedure than a breast lift. However, for a woman seeking a breast reduction, her results will include some of the same effects as a breast lift. Because the nipple and areola will shift higher and liposuction can reshape the underarm, women often notice their bust looking higher, firmer, and more youthful after surgery. Women who do not need to decrease their bust size, but are struggling with loose skin and sagging, can ask our staff about a breast lift procedure.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
While most of our patients choose a breast reduction surgery as a way to treat chronic back and neck pain, that is not a requirement for a woman who chooses a breast reduction procedure. Anyone in good physical and emotional health can contact our office for a consultation to change the overall breast size to correct asymmetry, change to a size appropriate for her overall physical frame, or any other reason relating to confidence and comfort.
Is Breast Reduction Covered by Health Insurance?
While most plastic surgery procedures are considered cosmetic in the eyes of your insurance company, a breast reduction is one of a few exceptions. If your breast size is giving you neck, back, or shoulder pain, causing skin rashes, or affecting your health in other ways, your health insurance may cover the cost of the surgery and associated medicine.
How Much Scarring Will Occur After a Breast Reduction?
Dr. Schusterman and his team make every effort to minimize scarring or make incisions in inconspicuous places on the breast. After the surgery and swelling is reduced, the incisions will continue to heal and fade over time. Regardless of surgeon or technique, however, it’s important to realize the incision lines will be permanently visible, and the final scarring varies by patient. Fortunately, our surgery team uses incisions sites that are easily concealed by clothing, even with low-cut necklines.
Recovery After a Breast Reduction Surgery
After surgery, you may notice a decreased sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This is usually temporary. It may, however, take over a year before sensation returns to normal. Most women can return to work and light activities within a week or two, although your breasts will require some time to settle into a natural shape. If you still feel your breasts are too large after surgery, this is a common occurrence for several weeks until all swelling in the chest is gone, when you’ll truly be able to enjoy the final results of your breast reduction. As with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast reduction surgery that should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.
If you have concerns and would like to speak with a breast reduction surgeon to decide if this procedure is right for you, please call the Texas Center for Breast and Body in Houston, TX, today at (713) 794-0368 to schedule a private breast consultation with Dr. Schusterman.
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Mark A. Schusterman, MD, FACS
Although his research and development of microsurgical reconstruction techniques established his reputation, his knowledge and understanding of the human body and the challenges associated with aiding patients suffering with head and neck injuries as well as breast cancer patients has made Dr. Schusterman an award-winning plastic surgeon.
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