Breast Reduction Overview
Breast reduction surgery is an effective way to reduce overly large, heavy breasts by removing excess fat and glandular tissue, followed by lifting and reshaping the breasts. Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, performs this procedure to help reduce the symptoms associated with oversized breasts such as back pain and discomfort while participating in physical activities. The aftermath is lighter-weight, smaller breasts that are more in proportion with a patient’s body. Most patients report immediate relief following breast reduction surgery. Utilizing his No Vertical Scar technique, Dr. Shah is able to reduce the appearance of scarring for a more natural look.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr Shah was excellent. I had a breast reduction done and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I have already recommended Dr Shah to several friends who have been thinking about plastic surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 29, 2013
"A wonderful wonderful Doctor - Dr Shaws expertise and bedside manners are above and beyond anything I have ever experienced. After having lipo a couple of times and my daughter having a breast reduction, they make you feel like you are a part of their family. Would highly recommend Dr Shaw and I know I will be seeing he and his staff til I'm too old to care anymore about how I look"- L. / RealSelf / Feb 13, 2017
"A wonderful wonderful Doctor - Dr Shaws expertise and bedside manners are above and beyond anything I have ever experienced. After having lipo a couple of times and my daughter having a breast reduction, they make you feel like you are a part of their family. Would highly recommend Dr Shaw and I know I will be seeing he and his staff til I'm too old to care anymore about how I look"- L.S. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2017
"I could not be more pleased with my results from my tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dr Shah has incredible clinical knowledge and he truly cares about his patients. I have worked in Healthcare for 30 years and was extremely nervous choosing to be on the patient side of process. Will I have a complications? What does the recovery involve? Will I be in pain? What can I expect next? During each step of the process I have felt extremely supported. Dr Shah only works with the best surgical centers, anthesethologists , nurses and office staff. Everyone is amazing!"- D.H. / Other / Dec 08, 2014
"Brenda, Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your help during this entire surgical process. From the day you willingly showed me your scar, I knew your empathy and understanding would make all the difference. Thank you so much. NH"- NH / Office Visit / Feb 19, 2015
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
It is important to find a highly skilled surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct an issue of breast asymmetry.
The most common incision for breast reduction is what they call “the anchor” or a vertical T. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and recurved. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest.
Breast Reduction During/After Surgery
Breast reduction is always done in an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-4 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Reduction FAQs
Will Results Last?
Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.
For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also considered. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.
How Much Reduction?
This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.