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Breast Reduction Procedure Steps

Breast reduction cosmetic surgery procedure is aimed at creating more proportionate breasts as well as eliminating potential pain and discomfort in the neck, back, and shoulders. Women interested in breast reduction surgery should discuss with the surgeon about the steps involved in the procedure and then decide whether or not to choose this surgery. 

During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will explain the steps involved to the patient and help her make an educated decision.

Patients should take this opportunity to voice any concerns or doubts and reduce their pre-surgery anxiety. Stellar and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Consultation and Preparation

Before the breast reduction plastic surgery, the surgeon will schedule a detailed consultation with the patient. The patient will have a chance to discuss her personal aesthetic needs and goals, and discuss her medical history to establish candidacy.

The surgeon will also use the consultation opportunity to explain the pre-op guidelines to ensure that the patient is well-prepared for a safe and successful surgery.

Placement of Incisions

Breast reduction surgery uses one of three methods: an anchor incision, a vertical incision, or a scarless incision. The anchor incision technique involves an incision made around the areola, vertically down the breast, and subsequently horizontally along the breast crease.

The vertical incision is made around the areolar border and vertically down the breast for decreased scarring. A scarless incision entails minute incisions made at the breast crease or armpit, and the surplus fat is eliminated through liposuction.

Surgical Reduction

The surgeon will take out the excess fat, tissue, and skin from the lower breasts through the incisions. If the patient has mostly fat tissue in the breasts, only liposuction may be used to decrease the breast size. This provides the benefits of lesser scarring, reduced breast tissue trauma, and minimized risk of complications. But in case of glandular tissue, the traditional tissue excision will have to be performed.

Repositioning the Nipples

The surgeon may reposition the nipples and areolas at a higher level in this procedure. The procedure will include removing the nipple from its present location and grafting it to the desired site. Women with oversized breasts usually required nipple repositioning. The surgeon will inform the patient before the surgery on whether sensation in the nipple will be altered or entirely lost.

Closing the Incisions

The surgeon will use removable or absorbable sutures to close the incisions. The method used for closing the incisions will be discussed with the patient before the surgery. Temporary drain tubes may be placed below the incision sites to collect excess fluid and prevent infection. The breasts will be initially covered with bandages, and later a surgical bra will replace the bandages.

Recovery period is an important part of the breast reduction procedure. The patient will be provided with post-operative care instructions, which she should follow carefully. Perspicacious, cordial, and female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and other suburbs and neighborhoods in the prolific state of Texas for breast reduction.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Reduction Surgery Candidates

Women with oversized and pendulous breasts typically make ideal candidates for breast reduction cosmetic surgery. 

In addition to creating a disproportionate physical appearance, overly large breasts can cause neck pain, limit activities and lifestyle preferences, create discomfort in the shoulder region, cause indents in the area where the bra straps are supported, and lead to breathing problems.

Women who seek breast reduction surgery are typically suffering from a constant burden of heaviness in the chest area due to the large breast size.

After a breast reduction procedure, the patient can get a more proportional body, lasting physical relief, and improved self-confidence. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Characteristics of a Good Candidate

The right candidate for a breast reduction procedure is a woman who is unhappy with the appearance of her oversized and pendulous breasts.

Heavy breasts will make routine activities more challenging and may cause discomfort and pain either occasionally or continually. Many women who choose breast reductions surgery are bothered with the pain and irritation that their large breasts cause them.

In some cases, even though a woman is not bothered too much with the physical discomfort caused by large breasts, she may still want to go ahead with a breast reduction plastic surgery to enhance her self-image, which is a vital benefit of this surgery. Certain women choose this surgery so that their clothes fit better or they don’t feel embarrassed in social settings.

Ideally, breast reduction surgery is advised only for women with mature, fully developed breasts. However, in some exceptional cases, the surgery can be recommended for younger women if the breasts may be causing too much pain and discomfort. The surgery is not suitable for women who intend to breastfeed as it will eliminate many milk ducts that lead to the nipples.

Candidacy for Different Types of Reduction

Women interested in breast reduction surgery should have realistic expectations from the procedure and research the surgical alternatives that they can avail. This knowledge will enable them to discuss their candidacy for a specific breast reduction technique more effectively with the surgeon.

Women with significantly oversized breasts can be good candidates for the conventional anchor pattern breast reduction surgery. Compared to other methods, this technique provides for a large amount of surplus skin and breast tissue to be removed. This technique is also more suited to candidates that have more glandular tissue than fat, such as women with very dense breast tissue, very thin women, and women who have not yet reached menopause.

The vertical incision breast reduction may be more suitable for women with medium to large breasts. This technique may not be advisable for women who require the removal of a large amount of breast tissue and fat. Women who have more fatty breast tissue than glandular tissue can be ideal candidates for the scarless breast reduction surgery as only liposuction may be enough to eliminate the excess volume of fat in the breast.

Experienced female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for breast reduction.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Although breast reduction cosmetic surgery is a common and safe procedure, it is still a major surgery that warrants some recovery time. Patients who choose to undergo this procedure should be familiar with what to expect during recovery so that they can prepare in advance for the healing phase. 

The surgeon will discuss the recovery aspects with the patient during the initial consultation. Considerate, innovative, and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Initial Two Weeks

A certain amount of bruising and swelling can be expected in the early phase of breast reduction plastic surgery recovery. A moisturizer may be applied on the breasts to mitigate itching and dryness, but it should not be used directly on the incision sites. Patients should diligently follow all post-operative instructions from the surgeon to reduce the risk of complications and enable a faster recovery.

For the initial two or three days post the breast reduction procedure, the patient should wear an elastic bandage or a specialized surgical bra over the gauze dressing.

After the gauze and dressing are taken off, the patient will be required to continue wearing the surgical bra for several weeks. Stitches are usually removed within one or two weeks of the surgery

Surgeons advise breast reduction surgery patients to avoid lifting heavy weights or engage in rigorous physical activity for a few weeks post-surgery. A majority of women (depending on their nature of work) can return to their workplace within a period of 10 to 14 days after the surgery. Patients are advised to refrain from sexual activity for a minimum of one to two weeks as sexual arousal can induce swelling around the incisions.

First Few Months

Any contact with the breast area should be cautious and gentle for 4 to 6 weeks after the breast reduction procedure. Patients should know that the breasts can swell and become tender during the first menstrual cycle following the surgery. Additionally, some women may experience occasional pain for the first several months which is more pronounced during menstruation. The surgeon can recommend pain medicines to relieve the symptoms and make the recovery comfortable.

Changes in sensation of the breast skin and nipple are common but temporary side effects of the breast reduction surgery. Some women may experience hypersensitivity in the breast area while others may feel numbness in the breast and nipple for up to one year after the surgery. The changes in sensation may be permanent in some patients.

The breast tissue is substantially disrupted during this surgery, and it may take up to one year before the inflammation is completely resolved.

Scars due to Breast Reduction

Scars caused by the breast reduction surgery can be lumpy and reddish for some time before they subside into thin, white lines. Typically, incisions are placed in discreet places allowing patients to wear low-cut tops and swimwear. The appearance of scars due to breast reduction depends on the method used.

Accomplished and focused female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for breast reduction.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery Risks and Safety

While breast reduction cosmetic surgery is one of the safer cosmetic procedures, it is still essential that the patient should be aware of the possible risks and complications involved. 

Unfavorable reaction to anesthesia, risks pertaining to infections, asymmetry, and uneven nipple height are some of the potential complications associated with this surgery.

However, the advantages will typically outweigh the risks of breast reduction surgery in a majority of the cases. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the safety and risks associated with breast reduction surgery. The primary goal of a dedicated surgeon will be to assist the patient in making an informed choice.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.

Breast Asymmetry

After the breast reduction plastic surgery, the breasts may appear asymmetrical in a few cases. This risk can be reduced significantly is the patient selects a skilled and experienced surgeon. The occurrence of asymmetrical breasts can be rectified in a revision surgery later.

Patients should understand that natural breasts are not entirely symmetrical anyway. Minor variations in the look of the breasts are normal, and should not warrant a revision surgery.

Uneven Nipple Height

The size and shape of the breasts will change during a breast reduction surgery and some of the breast skin will be shifted during the procedure. Therefore, the position of the nipple will most likely get altered after the reduction.

In certain cases, the nipple is detached and grafted to a new site on the breast. But even if the nipples stay attached, the breast skin will excised to fit smaller sized breasts. The nipple height can become irregular in both these situations.

Changes in Sensation

Breast reduction surgery can cause a temporary loss of sensation in the incision sites. This risk heightens when the nipple is detached and grafted to another location. In breast reduction procedures that do not involve grafting, the change in sensation is minimal, and usually temporary. Nipple grafting should always be performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon.

Problems Related to Breastfeeding

It may not be possible for a woman to breastfeed after breast reductions surgery. The degree of the risk of breastfeeding impairment will depend on the surgical method used. The anchor pattern breast reduction technique increases the risk of breastfeeding impairment. Many milk ducts are eliminated in this procedure which can make breastfeeding challenging in the future.

Vertical Incision breast reduction method will reduce the chances of breastfeeding impairment. Some part of the nipple remains connected to the milk ducts in this technique. In case the patient has more fatty tissue and less glandular tissue, the surgery can be conducted using liposuction. This method significantly reduces the risk of breastfeeding impairment.

The risk of infection and poor reaction to anesthesia are risks common to any surgery, including breast reduction. Honorable and successful female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and other communities and neighborhoods in the outstanding state of Texas for breast reduction surgery and various other procedures.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

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