What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of the breast, adjusting them to a size that better fits the frame of the body. This technique is ideal for women who are experiencing pain from the weight or size of their breasts, and can also help women correct the size of asymmetrical breasts. Many patients find that a breast reduction can help them achieve breasts that are better proportioned for their body.
How is a Breast Reduction Performed?
At Anh Vu, M.D., every breast reduction begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Anh Vu. During this consultation, Dr. Vu carefully plans out the surgery based upon the patient's aesthetic goals. Breast surgery can create long-term, life-changing results, so he spends a substantial amount of time discussing the procedure with the patient to ensure that they achieve the results they desire. Dr. Vu is incredibly meticulous during surgery, which typically involves precise incisions made around the nipples, sometimes extending downward. Next, breast tissue is removed, lifted and shaped, and the nipples are repositioned if necessary. All breast surgeries are performed under anesthesia so that patients remain comfortable throughout treatment.
What Can I Expect After My Breast Reduction?
After a breast reduction, patients can expect swelling along with minor bruising or discomfort that persists for a couple weeks after surgery. Patients usually require at least a week off from work and other activities, sometimes two. Patients are advised to get as much rest as possible during this time and sleep only on their back. Following your procedure, Dr. Vu will review instructions for specific post-surgery care and discuss the timing of any follow-up appointments.
How Long Do the Results from a Breast Reduction Last?
When performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon like Dr. Anh Vu, the results from a breast reduction can last for years and look completely natural. However, a breast reduction does not prevent future weight gain, which can affect the results of your breast reduction.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
If you would like to reduce the size of your breasts for aesthetic or health reasons, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction. If you think you are a good candidate, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anh Vu. During your consultation, Dr. Vu will review all possible treatments with you and help determine the best treatment option based on the results you hope to achieve. Breast reductions are considered cosmetic treatments, meaning that they are not covered by insurance. However, we accept a variety of payment options and financing to make our services accessible to all of our patients.
Breast Reduction FAQs
How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?
In total, it will take about 6 to 8 weeks to make a full recovery from a breast reduction. However, most of the healing process takes place within the first week or two. This means that many patients are able to return to work and other activities shortly after their surgery, but may continue to experience minor effects from surgery until their full recovery.
How painful is a breast reduction?
The breast reduction procedure is performed with general anesthesia, which means that patients will be asleep and will not experience any pain during the surgery. Any pain associated with a breast reduction will occur during the recovery process, particularly within the first two weeks. After your surgery, we’ll provide you with a prescription for pain medication as well as clear recovery guidelines to help you manage your pain and enjoy a comfortable recovery process.
Does a breast reduction include a lift?
The standard breast reduction procedure does not include a lift. However, there may be some subtle lifting benefits due to the removal of skin, tissue and fat. In many cases, the breast reduction produces enough changes in the breast that a lift is not required. A breast reduction can be combined with a breast lift technique for comprehensive breast enhancement if desired.
How much weight do you lose after a breast reduction?
Generally, patients only lose a few pounds from the breast reduction surgery, but the number will vary depending on how much breast tissue is removed during the procedure. Patients should not expect to experience significant weight loss from a breast reduction. However, after breast reduction surgery, many patients find it easier to exercise and maintain their weight due to increased confidence, comfort and mobility. This means that a breast reduction can help aid weight loss over the long-term.
How much does a breast reduction cost?
The cost of a breast reduction will vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to produce your desired results.
Large or heavy breasts can cause lasting damage to the back and shoulders, affecting posture and creating other health issues. To reduce the breasts to a healthy or more proportional size, consider a breast lift at Anh Vu, M.D. We offer breast reductions to women in the St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Palm Coast and Daytona Beach areas. Contact us today to learn more.