LPS – Where Breast Reduction is a Nearly Everyday Event!
LPS surgeons perform over 300 reductions are year on women aged 16 to mid 80-s. We are very comfortable with the procedure and make each patient’s experience individualized and unique!
Breast reduction is usually performed for both physical relief and cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by disproportionately large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. The procedure reduces the breast tissue volume while removing excess skin and lifting and shaping the breast.
In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.
Planning Your Surgery
In your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations frankly with your surgeon, and to listen to his or her opinion. Every patient-and every physician, as well-has a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts.
The surgeon will examine and measure your breasts and will photograph them for reference during surgery and afterwards. (The photographs may also be used in the processing of your insurance coverage.) He or she will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure-such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin. You should also discuss where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they’ll be moved higher during the procedure and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breasts.
Your surgeon will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations and making sure you understand the scarring that will result. Discussion about where the surgery will be performed, and associated costs will occur during your visit. (Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it’s medically necessary; however, they may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed. Check your policy. Our office will submit a predetermination letter if your surgeon feels this is appropriate.
At LPS we pride ourselves on using techniques that limit scarring, using “short scar” approaches on most of our patients. Your surgeon will individualize the surgical plan with you during your consultation.
Breast reduction surgery may be performed in a hospital or in our office-based surgical suite. The surgery itself usually takes about two hours, taking longer in some cases.
Breast reduction is nearly always performed under general anesthesia. You will go home the same day. At LPS our surgeons using dissolving stitches, rarely use drains and you can shower within 48 hours of your surgery!
Getting Back to Normal
Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Significant pain requiring medication usually only lasts a few days. Most women can return to work (if it’s not too strenuous) and social activities in about one to two weeks.
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape.