Achieve Greater Comfort and Proportion in Your Bust
Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that is usually performed to relieve the symptoms of macromastia, or excessively large breasts. The usual symptoms are back , neck pain, and shoulder pain. Breast reduction can also be performed on women who simply want to improve the appearance of their breasts. Dr. Ken Smart is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has performed hundreds of breast reduction surgeries and specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. If you are considering breast reduction surgery and live in the Plano and Frisco areas, the following questions will help increase your understanding of the procedure.
How Is a Breast Reduction Performed?
A breast reduction is performed by removing excessive breast tissue, fatty tissue, and skin. The nipple and areola are elevated to a more youthful appearance, thereby giving you a breast lift. There are many different techniques to perform a breast reduction. Whatever your reasons are for desiring a breast reduction, Dr. Smart can help you in achieving a more youthful bust line by customizing a breast reduction that fits your specific breast type.
Am I Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Patients with excessively large breasts that suffer from back and neck pain are candidates for breast reduction. Also, women with sagging breasts who also have extra breast tissue may be candidates. Patients should be in overall good health and absolutely must be non-smokers. Diabetes and certain vascular disorders do increase the risk of complications, but alone do not completely rule out the possibility of a breast reduction. Dr. Smart will review your medical history thoroughly and will help you determine whether or not a breast reduction is right for you. Contact Frisco Plastic Surgery near Plano today to schedule a breast reduction consultation with Dr. Smart.
What Are the Scars Like after Breast Reduction?
There are multiple ways to perform a breast reduction. The determining factor is the amount of extra breast tissue, fat, and skin that you have and the distance your nipple needs to be elevated. Dr. Smart carefully selects women for minimal scar techniques, otherwise known as the vertical breast reduction. The candidates for this technique generally require what is considered to be a small breast reduction. The resultant scar is shaped like a lollipop; there is a circular scar around the areola and a vertical scar directly below that. Patients with larger amounts of excess breast tissue and skin that need to be removed usually require the traditional incisions which result in scars that are anchor shaped, or like an upside down T.
Can I Breast Feed after a Breast Reduction?
Studies have shown that there is no decrease in the ability to breast feed amongst women who have undergone breast reduction. However, there are certain breast reduction techniques that can either make breast feeding more unlikely or impossible.
How Long Will My Breast Reduction Results Last?
Typically, the reduction in size of the breasts is permanent. However, weight gain can influence this. The lift that is obtained with a breast reduction will not last forever. With time, the normal aging process and gravity can cause the breasts to droop again.
What Will My Breast Reduction Consultation Be Like?
During your breast reduction consultation, Dr. Smart will discuss what you specifically don't like about your breasts. He will also discuss what symptoms of macromastia you have such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin rashes. He will discuss your past medical history with you asking you questions about prior breast surgery and any family history of breast cancer. Prior mammogram results will be discussed. He will then perform a physical examination analyzing the size of the breasts as well as the degree of breast drooping that you have. He will carefully assess the quality of your skin and take several measurements of your breasts that will aid in planning your breast reduction surgery.
How Long Is the Recovery After Breast Reduction?
Most women are able to return to work in three to five days following breast reduction surgery. Pain is minimal and is easily treated with oral pain medication. Most women can return to light exercise in three to four weeks and to full activity in six weeks.
Will My Health Insurance Cover a Breast Reduction?
Traditionally, breast reduction surgery has been covered by health insurance when the procedure was performed to treat symptoms of back, neck and shoulder pain. However, Dr. Smart does not accept insurance for breast reductions. He performs breast reductions as cosmetic out-of-pocket procedures only. Dr. Smart's patient coordinator will go over your quote with you at the end of your consultation. The quote will detail the total cost, including Dr. Smart's surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist fee, and the facility fee.
Contact Frisco Plastic Surgery, P.A. Today
If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, and live in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, or any of the surrounding Texas communities, contact plastic surgeon Ken Smart today. A breast reduction may reduce the neck, back, and shoulder pain associated with large breasts, and give you more freedom to do the activities you love.