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For some women, overly large, voluptuous breasts are more of a burden than an asset. Enlarged breasts can be heavy, limit mobility and lead to chronic back, shoulder or neck pain. Breasts that are disproportionately larger than the rest of the body can also garner unwanted attention and be a constant source of embarrassment. Women with overly large busts may also have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly or resort to hiding their breasts under bulky clothing.
Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk have seen first-hand the positive, life-changing effects breast reduction can have on women. Using advanced surgical techniques Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk are able to resize and reshape overly large breasts for a more proportionate breast size and an overall more attractive body figure.
Continue reading to learn about how breast reduction can help you live confidently with lighter and proportionately sized breasts.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction can dramatically change your upper body shape by reducing breast size, enhancing symmetry, adjusting the nipple, reducing the size of the areola and generally creating a more youthful profile.
Breast reduction offers several physical benefits. Posture improves and chronic neck and back pain may be drastically reduced since the breasts are no longer as heavy. Skin rashes and irritation caused by sweat that accumulates underneath the breast fold are improved following breast reduction. Mobility becomes easier and exercise is usually no longer painful.
Breast reduction also has a tremendous psychological effect. By improving the proportions of your figure, your self-image will improve. Breasts that correspond with the frame of your body make it easier to feel confident, wear flattering clothing and avoid unwanted attention.
Breast Reduction Procedure Details
Breast reduction is performed with anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions will be made along the perimeter of the areola and then straight down the front of the breast to the lower crease. The exact size of the incision pattern will depend on the degree of correction needed.
Through the incisions, excess tissue will be removed. The remaining tissue will be reshaped until the desired shape and size is achieved. The placement of the nipple can be repositioned and its size may also be reduced. If breast sagging is significant, the surgeon will elevate the breast mound for a perkier and younger-looking position. Excess skin will be trimmed and the remaining skin will be re-draped on the newly contoured breast.
Finally, sutures close the incisions and a surgical bra is provided to support the breasts as they recover. With time, the incisions and resulting scars fade easily beneath most types of clothing, including bras.
It is not necessary to combine breast lift with breast reduction because Drs. Foglietti and Fostyk incorporate breast lift into most breast reduction procedures. This allows them to address the inevitable sagging that occurs when some of the tissue has been removed and ensure that the breasts look not only smaller but also youthful and appealing on the chest.
Patients often choose to pair breast reduction with fat or skin removal procedures like liposuction, abdominoplasty and thigh lift to help shrink the overall size of their frames. The benefits of scheduling multiple surgeries on the same day include saving money and avoiding two separate recovery times by overlapping the recoveries.
Costs of Breast Reduction
The cost of breast reduction depends on the amount of fat, tissue and skin that needs to be removed to achieve your desired breast size and proportions. In situations where the size of the breasts causes significant pain, health insurance may reimburse some or all the cost for this procedure. We advise you to document the problem with your physician so there is a medical record of this problem if you want to improve your chances of having this surgery covered. Additionally, Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery offers financing options to patients who wish to pay for the surgery in installments.
Why You Should Choose Drs. Foglietti and Fostyk for Breast Reduction
Our plastic surgeons are among the most-respected doctors in Ohio. In addition to being highly skilled, they are committed to providing attentive, personalized patient care. From consultation to post-surgical appointments, Drs. Foglietti and Fostyk take the time to answer all your questions and thoroughly explain the procedure. Your comfort is our priority.
At Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery, we dedicate ourselves to achieving attractive, youthful results. While any surgeon can remove tissue and fat from the breasts, it takes artistic technique to ensure that the breasts are elevated and natural looking. Our surgeon’s before-and-after photos are proof that they can accomplish exciting results.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Recovery from a breast reduction procedure requires at least a week or two away from work and physically stressful activities. You will be wearing a surgical bra for several weeks.
Swelling and bruising are common, and the experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery will advise you on ways to manage swelling, which may last for several months, and the moderate pain you may experience.
At night, sleep on your back with pillows to elevate your head and upper body. During the day, avoid strenuous physical activities, but do make time for short walks, which will improve your circulation, speed healing and help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Breast Reduction FAQs
Are the results permanent?
In the absence of future pregnancies or dramatic weight gain, the results of your breast reduction will be long-lasting. The procedure will not freeze time, however, as some sagging or loosening will naturally occur with aging. Except in rare cases, breast tissue will not grow back, so your slim new profile should be permanent.
Is the procedure similar to a breast lift?
In some ways, yes. During each procedure, the breast is reshaped, resulting in an elegant, perkier appearance. Although a breast lift does involve the removal of some tissue, its emphasis is on reclaiming a youthful profile by elevating the breast.
Will there be scarring?
Scarring is one of the trade-offs of a breast reduction procedure. The type of incision that is necessary will depend on the extent of the reduction in breast size. Significant reductions usually require a so-called “anchor shape” incision around the circumference of the areola, then vertically down and across the base of the breast. Smaller reductions can be performed using a “lollipop” incision that eliminates the necessity of cutting across the bottom of the breast. Although scars will be noticeable in the first months after surgery, they will fade with time.
What kind of risks are associated with breast reduction surgery?
Although breast lift is a very safe procedure, minor risks apply to any surgical procedure. After your surgery, you and your surgeon should monitor for excess bleeding, fluid accumulation and infection. If you notice any questionable symptoms during your recovery, please reach out to Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery so that our team can provide you with any necessary care.
How do I know whether I need breast reduction surgery?
Having cosmetic surgery is a purely personal decision. No one should pressure you into having surgery, especially if you are happy with the current size of your breasts. Many women ultimately make the decision to have breast reduction surgery because the largeness of their breasts has a negative effect on their quality of life by causing back pain and restricting physical activity. If you want to ask a plastic surgeon more questions about breast reduction before making a final decision, please schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.
Don’t let overly large, heavy breasts prevent you from feeling like your best, confident self. To learn more about breast reduction and how it can help alleviate the emotional and physical discomfort caused by enlarged breasts, schedule a personal consultation at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery by contacting our Cleveland office today.