Breast Reduction Northern Virginia
Do you feel weighted down by your breasts? Do you sometimes get backaches? Do you feel your bra straps biting into your shoulders? Breast reduction is not given as much publicity as breast enlargement, but it’s just as available.
Am I a Candidate?
Each one of us has a different shape and our own circumstances. If you’d like to breast-feed, it would be better to postpone breast reduction surgery until after that. Some diseases and conditions can be counter-indications, such as diabetes. But if your breasts are fully mature, by all means consult a Virginia breast surgeon and learn more about how it might be done.
At the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer you an in-office consultation. You can ask all your questions, and we’ll take time with you to answer them, discuss the procedure and make sure you understand the benefits and risks.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction uses general anesthesia, which means you’ll be completely asleep and won’t remember the surgery. Usually, it takes 2 to 4 hours.
- The incision will have an anchor-shape, circling the areola and running down to the breast crease, then running along the crease.
- Excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue will be removed.
- The nipple will be relocated to match your new shape and size.
- There’ll be stitches along the entire incision.
- To protect and support the area, you’ll wear a bandage or surgical bra 24 hours a day.
The Recovery PeriodYou may feel some pain for a few days, and our breast surgeon will give you a pain medication for that. For a week or so you may continue feeling some discomfort.
- We’ll remove the bandage after one or two days
- Until the swelling and bruising fade, which usually takes several weeks, you should continue wearing a surgical bra
- After one to three weeks the stitches will be removed