If you struggle with large breasts that are causing back pain, neck pain, or other issues, a breast reduction could be the answer. Even men hindered by enlarged breast tissue (a condition called gynecomastia) can have cosmetic reduction surgery. Before deciding on breast reduction, you should do your research and consult a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can reduce the overall size of the breasts to give individuals a more pleasing shape or profile. Breast reduction takes away the strain of having large or heavy breasts for a sleeker, younger-looking body that fits comfortably in bathing suits, sports bras, and form-fitting clothes. The surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery are experts in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for breast augmentation, lifts, and reductions. Here is what you need to know before your reduction surgery.
The facts before breast reduction
For women with large breasts, reduction surgery can be life-changing. A breast reduction procedure can help lift the breast weight off a woman’s chest and relieve shoulder, neck, and back pain while improving the ability to engage in everyday activities. Large breasts can hinder a woman’s ability to exercise and find clothing that fits appropriately, and some women may have dermatological issues with skin rashes or bra strap "grooves" that can be painful. As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, breast reduction surgery does come with some risks and should be performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess skin and tissue to make breasts lighter and smaller. This surgical procedure also works to improve breast proportion and symmetry. In some cases, when the underlying breast tissue has been removed, a breast lift is needed to reduce breast sag and give patients optimal results. Breast reduction and a breast lift are a typical combination when it comes to reduction surgery.
Good candidates for reduction surgery
During your private consultation, the experienced team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will give you information about reduction mammoplasty and let you know what to expect. Ideal candidates are patients who are in good general health, refrain from tobacco use, and can maintain a healthy, stable weight following surgery. It also helps when women have realistic expectations about the results of their reduction. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev will take the time to listen to your concerns and decide the best course of action to give you excellent results.
What to expect during surgery
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery varies by patient and the degree of reduction. For some patients, liposuction is needed to remove excess fat in certain areas for better contouring results. Enlarged areolas can also be reduced at the same time to match a patient’s new breast size. Once the breast tissue is removed, the remaining skin is lifted and tightened.
When the reduction surgery is over, patients can go home the same day with a family member or friend. Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will provide postoperative guidelines and a surgical bra (compression garment) that should be worn as instructed. This garment will help support your new breasts and aid in the healing process. In about 3 – 4 weeks, the post-surgery effects will subside, allowing you to see your results more clearly. During follow-up appointments, we will let you know when you can resume your daily activities and exercise.
Breast reduction surgery FAQs
Can my breasts grow back?
Patients in the Long Island area should maintain or stay close to their ideal weight. Breast reduction results can change due to fluctuating weight or pregnancy. You can always return to our facility in the future if the outcome of your breast reduction and lift changes over time.
What cup size is right for me?
Before reduction surgery, you will work closely with your doctor to determine a cup size that works for your body type and lifestyle. After breast reduction, your bust will have a different shape and size as well as position on your chest. At your consultation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will give you the best estimate for your new cup size so you can prepare for your new look.
How much does breast reduction cost?
Patients need to consider the financial aspect of undergoing a surgical procedure. Breast reduction surgery is one of the few cosmetic procedures that may be covered by health insurance. If reduction surgery is deemed a medical necessity, the professional staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will work with your insurance provider to assist in this process.
Get ready for your breast reduction surgery by scheduling your consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY. Patients in the Long Island, NY, area can look and feel better with breast reduction surgery. Contact Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery today to get started.