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Breast Reductionin Virginia Beach, VA

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A Lighter Side of You

Breast reduction involves far more than simply making the breasts smaller. The doctors at SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach view breast reduction surgery as a way to make the breasts lighter and recontour the breasts to make them visually pleasing. Our doctors always seek to approach concerns regarding your breasts with sensitivity and compassion. To learn more about if a breast reduction can help you, schedule a consultation at SJ Plastic Surgery.

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What is a Breast Reduction?

The primary goal of breast reduction is to reduce the size and weight of the breasts. We sees this as a chance to do more and approach this surgery with your body shape in mind. The youthful perkiness can be restored by lifting the breast. The nipple position is usually brought upwards to a more aesthetically pleasing position.

If desired, the size of the areola can be reduced. All of these factors can have a profound impact on your self-esteem. Many who undergo surgery report feeling a dramatic change immediately after surgery. Posture can improve. Back, neck, or shoulder pain may be relieved. A boost in self-confidence from better harmony between breast and body is probable.

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Pain or grooving in the bra strap area
  • Difficulty finding bras that fit well
  • Rashes or skin infections in the lower breast fold
  • Trouble with exercise or sports
  • Embarrassment or self-image concerns

If any of the above describe symptoms you are having from large breasts, you may be a candidate for a breast reduction.

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When should I have a breast reduction?

Determining the right time in your life for breast reduction hinges on many considerations that we will review with you carefully. Your weight should be stable to ensure that your breast shape does not change after surgery. Gaining or losing a large amount of weight can impact your results. Child-bearing should also be considered if you plan to breastfeed since breast reductions can affect the amount of breast milk produced.

Am I too young for reduction mammaplasty?

It is common for young women to seek a breast reduction. Although there is no specific age cut-off, a number of factors must be considered. Before surgery, weight and breast size should be stable for at least one year. Growth should be completed as well. Teenagers and their parents need to be aware of the potential effects of surgery on future lactation. There are rare exceptions to the above where there is an uncontrolled growth of the breasts from an early age (known as benign virginal hypertrophy).

Your Breast Reduction Procedure

Our surgeons have experience in the operating room with different breast reduction techniques and decide which to use based on your anatomy and goals.

  • Liposuction only – very few patients are candidates for this approach since no skin is removed. This technique makes tiny access incisions that allow us to remove some of the fat and breast tissue.
  • Circumareolar – A “donut” incision is made, resulting in a scar limited to around the areola (the pigmented skin adjacent to the nipple). This allows for minor elevation of the nipple and some tightening of loose skin.
  • Circumvertical – the resulting scar goes around the areola and then vertically down from the areola to the breast fold as a straight line. This results in a “lollipop” scar. This provides more significant nipple elevation and more skin tightening.
  • Wise pattern – the scar goes around the areola, down as a vertical line, and then horizontally hidden in the breast crease. This is the most powerful technique for nipple repositioning, reducing the size of the breast, and skin tightening.

If your large breasts cause any of the above describe symptoms, you may be a candidate for a breast reduction.

What can I expect the day of the Breast Reduction?

In healthy individuals, breast reduction surgery has a good safety track record. We take care to provide you with quality, compassionate care and perform surgery only in a fully accredited operating room at a surgery center or a hospital. Taking -3-4 hours, you are asleep (general anesthesia) while we perform the surgery. After surgery, you will stay briefly in the recovery room. A friend or family member will then need to accompany you home.

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What is the recovery after Breast Reduction?

It is common to experience some soreness after surgery. Walking and light household activities are permitted immediately after surgery based on how you feel.

Your doctor will generally recommend taking seven days off from work or school to recover. Light exercise may resume two weeks after surgery with progressively increasing effort. As with any surgery, swelling and bruising are standard and an expected part of recovery. Most of the swelling subsides within the first few weeks; however, you must wait several months before seeing the final result. The scars will continue to improve and fade over a year.

Schedule your Virginia Beach Breast Reduction consultation at SJ Plastic Surgery today

The doctors at SJ Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons and can make your vision of smaller, shapelier breasts a reality. Learn more about your breast reduction options at our accredited surgical facility in Virginia Beach. Schedule your private consultation today.

SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake

At SJ Plastic Surgery, we believe in treating each patient as though they are family. Our years of training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are at your service. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery Clinic.