Breast Reduction Surgery at Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa
Every woman’s figure, with its unique curves, is naturally beautiful. Yet for women whose breasts are disproportionately larger than her frame, the shape and size of the breasts can cause many concerns that go well beyond appearance. Women with disproportionately large breasts struggle with painful symptoms on a daily basis—neck and back pain, rashes, shoulder strap grooving, rounded posture, and even trouble participating in certain sports and activities—symptoms that can interfere in their everyday lives. Breast reduction surgery is designed to bring your breasts into proportion with the rest of your physique by removing excess fat and glandular tissue, producing smaller, lighter, and perkier breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of your body.
It is important to consider every aspect of a breast reduction procedure before deciding to move forward. One key factor is your choice of surgeon. Dr. Ross Bunch is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Bunch ensures that your breast reduction surgery will be designed to suit your specific situation. The amount of excess tissue to be removed and the surgical approach can vary based on each individual. So, if you have been frustrated by both the appearance of and physical discomfort caused by excessively large breasts, a breast reduction procedure can have a remarkable impact on the quality of your life and your self-confidence!
The Breast Reduction Procedure
A breast reduction surgery can be done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The actual procedure may range from 2-3 hours depending on techniques utilized and the extent of the required reduction. During a typical breast reduction, Dr. Bunch will first make a circular incision around the areola (colored portion around nipple), then make a vertical incision from the base of the areola down to the breast fold. Finally, an incision will be made along the crease of the breasts. This technique allows Dr. Bunch to lift and reduce the breasts, adjust for symmetry, and decrease the size of the areola. The exact length and scar patterns will vary based on each patient’s unique circumstances.
Overall, breast reduction surgery has a high satisfaction rate among patients. This is attributed to both the alleviation of uncomfortable symptoms and cosmetic improvement achieved. Although scarring is permanent, care is taken to make them as inconspicuous as possible, and most patients find they fade significantly over time.
Recovery For Breast Reduction
Although breast reduction is considered an extensive surgery, most patients are able to return to work after about a week of downtime. The most common side effects are temporary swelling and bruising, as well as some discomfort which can be easily managed with pain medication. The biggest concern during the recovery period is to keep the incisions intact. This means that you will want to avoid heavy lifting or bouncing for several weeks following your procedure. Your new breast shape will be visible immediately and will continue to improve as the swelling diminishes and the tissues heal into their proper position. Your breast contour will be firmer and more well-balanced with the rest of your body to give your curves the size and shape that best fit you!
Contact Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa
If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction procedures, please contact our office at 205.349.0049. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bunch!