Breast Reduction in Dayton, OH
While many women wish for larger breasts, ladies who already have them often wonder “why me?” after suffering from back and neck pain or constantly feeling as though people are staring at them. A breast reduction performed at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons can help women in Dayton, Centerville, Huber Heights, Beavercreek, and the surrounding cities in Ohio ease their suffering once and for all.
What Is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a procedure in which excess fat and tissues are removed from the breasts in an effort to reduce them in size. It can also involve repositioning the nipple and areola area to make them better fit the new contours of a woman’s breast. It differs from male gynecomastia surgery in that it also takes into account a woman’s mammary gland structure, making it possible for her to breastfeed in the future.
Benefits of a Breast Reduction
Women who undergo a breast reduction may notice these and other benefits:
- A reduction in back or neck pain (the most common benefit reported among breast reduction patients)
- More clothing and lingerie options
- An increased ability to perform certain activities or sports
- Improved self-esteem, primarily because they feel they are no longer being stared at
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
You may be a good candidate for a breast reduction if:
- Your overly large breasts cause you physical or emotional discomfort
- You are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- The size of your breasts is not due to weight gain
What do I Need to do Before a Breast Reduction?
If you have back or neck problems, talk with your primary care physician to determine if having a breast reduction would help. Although removing excess tissue can help with alignment issues, it does not resolve problems such as a slipped or herniated disc, and may therefore not provide you with the relief you desire. Once you have been given approval, contact Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons to schedule a consultation. During that visit, we will discuss any other pre-operative requirements with you, including the need for a mammogram.
What Should I Expect on the Day of my Breast Reduction?
Prior to coming in, shower with an antibacterial soap, but do not apply deodorant or antiperspirant. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing, as you will wear the same garments when you return home. We will provide you with a surgical bra that somewhat resembles a sports bra to wear after leaving our office.
Upon arrival, you will put on a hospital gown, and then one of our surgeons will use a marker to outline the area of your breasts where excess tissue is to be removed. After receiving general or local anesthesia, you will be taken to the surgery area and will return to the recovery room once the procedure is finished so you can be monitored by our staff.
How Long Does it Take to Perform a Breast Reduction?
A typical breast reduction procedure takes around two hours. Your surgery may take slightly less time or just a bit longer.
What to Expect After a Breast Reduction
You may feel sore and have difficulty lifting your arms over your head for a few days afterwards. It is important to limit activity during the first two weeks, so you should have someone help you around the house if possible. Gradually increase your activity level as you become more comfortable, but avoid doing any heavy lifting until you have been cleared by a physician.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Breast Reduction?
Some incisions are needed in order to access tissue. The area where tissue is removed from will largely determine whether or not you have visible scarring.
When Will I See the Results?
You will notice a difference in the size of your breasts immediately; however, you won’t be able to fully appreciate the results for a week or so, since there may be some swelling present initially.
How Long Will the Results of a Breast Reduction Last?
It is impossible for you to grow more breast tissue, which means your results will be permanent. The one thing that could alter those results would be excessive weight gain in the future. If you were to gain weight, the fat cells in your breasts might increase in size, causing your bosom to become bigger again. That does not mean another procedure would be required, but rather that you would simply need to lose weight in order to get your post-surgery figure back.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Breast Reduction Results
Many women find that they have loose, sagging skin after having a breast reduction, and desire a breast lift to firm up their new, smaller chest area.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Dayton?
Because you may have different needs than any other patient, we will not be able to discuss the exact cost with you until after your consultation. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are always accepted for any of the procedures we offer, and many of our patients will also qualify for low-interest financing.
Other women may tell you that you are blessed because you have large breasts. Only you know how those breasts make you feel, which is why you are the only person who can determine if a breast reduction is right for you. If you need help in making your decision, the friendly team at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons is always here to listen and provide answers to your questions. If you live in Dayton, Centerville, Springfield, Kettering, or another nearby city in Ohio, please contact us to schedule your consultation.