Breast reductions are performed for both medical and cosmetic reasons to make the breast smaller and to help you feel more comfortable with your cup size. A breast reduction will not only reduce the size of the breast, but will also lift the breast. This helps restore the breast to a more appropriate position and more pleasing shape and appearance. Dr. D’Amore understands that choosing to have a breast reduction is a sensitive and personal decision.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you could be a good candidate for a breast reduction:
- Discomfort in the back, shoulders, and/or neck area
- Pain and grooving in the shoulders
- Posture issues
- Irritated skin, or rashes
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit well
- Mismatched clothing sizes
- Inability to pursue every day activities- gardening, exercise
Breast reductions don’t just have to be for medical reasons. If you do not have any of the symptoms listed above, but are still unhappy with your cup size, talk to your doctor about a breast reduction. Dr. D’Amore has helped hundreds of women to feel more comfortable in their own skin. She will talk with you to find out exactly what your goals are, and design a plan to help you reach them.
What to Expect from Your Breast Reduction Procedure
- A breast reduction procedure usually takes about 3 hours.
- All breast procedures are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Local anesthesia is used to supplement pain control during the immediate postoperative period.
- Narcotics and muscle relaxants are prescribe for short term relief in the days following surgery.
- 6 days after your breast reduction you will see Dr D’Amore for your first follow up visit.
- Additional follow up appointments are arranged on a patient by patient basis, but usually include a 2-3 week recheck, 3-6 month check, and 1 year follow up.
- Most patients can return to light duty work after two to three weeks, but additional time may be required for other heavy lifting or combined procedures.
- Vigorous exercise is avoided for a minimum of two weeks. Release to exercise is dependent on postoperative assessments and the planned activity such as yoga versus weight lifting.
Understanding all of your available options for a breast reduction procedure is extremely important. If you have been bothered by the size of your large breasts in any way, ask your primary care doctor for a referral to Dr. D’Amore to discuss your breast reduction. She will guide you through the process and obtain the insurance authorization if needed.