Breast Reduction

 

 

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Women with oversized breasts often experience both physical and emotional discomfort that affects their quality of life. Large breasts can be quite heavy and put tremendous pressure on the back, neck, and shoulders. Additionally, they can lead to uncomfortable skin irritation along the inframammary fold. Breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess breast tissue to restore a more proportionate and youthful bustline. At Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery, patients who desire smaller and more comfortable breasts can obtain a customized surgical plan that addresses their needs.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction

Dr. Hotchandani is a long-standing member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and has a thorough understanding of the human form. During a private consultation, he will assess your condition and devise a treatment plan that will address your aesthetic needs. Ideal candidates for breast reduction should be generally healthy and wish to correct one or more of the following:

  • Disproportionately large breasts
  • Physical pain as a result of having large breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Nipples that point downward
  • The Procedure
  • Recovery
  • Results
  • FAQs

The Procedure

Breast reduction is an outpatient surgery performed at our Green Bay, WI location using general anesthesia. It is crucial to arrange for someone to transport you to and from the facility. You should also have a friend or relative accompany you during the first 24 hours of recovery.

For mild-to-moderate correction, an incision is created around the areola and down the lower breast pole, through which excess fatty tissue and skin are removed. Liposuction may be performed alone with local anesthesia for minor reduction or alongside an excisional technique to produce optimal results. For extensive correction, another incision may be placed along the inframammary fold. The nipple-areolar complex may be adjusted before sutures are placed. Whenever possible, Dr. Hotchandani will place the incisions in areas that can be easily concealed with clothing.

Recovery

Following surgery, all patients must stay for a brief observation before going home. Bruising, swelling, tightness, changes in sensation, and pain are common after breast reduction due to the invasive nature of this procedure. Wearing a supportive bra and an elastic compression bandage can help minimize uncomfortable side effects. Over-the-counter or prescription medication may be recommended for optimal pain management. The swelling should subside considerably over a few weeks.*

*Results and patient experience may vary.

Results

It can take several months for the breasts to adjust to their new form and size, but patients will notice an immediate improvement following their procedure. The breasts should feel lighter in weight and more manageable than before surgery, and results continue to improve as the body heals. While the outcome of breast reduction surgery is considered permanent, the breasts are still susceptible to natural changes due to aging, weight fluctuations, genetics, and pregnancy.*

*Results and patient experience may vary.

FAQs

How soon after breast reduction surgery can I go back to work?

Depending on how physically demanding the occupation is, most patients can return to work in one to two weeks. However, heavy lifting must be avoided for three to four weeks. Dr. Hotchandani will give you a detailed recovery timeline that reflects the limitations of your customized procedure.

Will breast reduction result in scarring?

Due to the invasive nature of this procedure, some scarring can develop. However, the incisions are usually created in inconspicuous locations that can be covered by undergarments. Patients who opt for breast reduction using liposuction as a standalone procedure may not have any visible scarring after their procedure. As long as all aftercare directions are followed, the scars are likely to fade over time.

Does insurance cover breast reduction?

Dr. Hotchandani does not participate with any insurance companies, and this procedure is usually considered cosmetic rather than medically necessary.

Will I have help making accommodations if I am visiting from out-of-town?

Yes! Our staff at Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery will gladly help you find a local hotel that is close to the surgical facility.*

* Results and patient experience may vary.