in Smithtown, NY
Women with oversized breasts tend to have cosmetic concerns related to their chests, but the main issues leading them toward breast reduction surgery are often related to their physical comfort, inability to comfortably participate in many activities, and the psychological consequences of persistent, uninvited attention.
Many women, regardless of whether they developed their large breasts during their teen years or later in life, have to constantly navigate around their breasts. Often, they are unable to exercise or play sports, are challenged to find clothing that fits their bodies without tailoring, and are forced to deal with the unending pain in the back, neck, and chest. For many large-chested women, their breasts significantly impair their ability to live an active and confident life.
Dr. Pincus is a well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon serving Smithtown, Suffolk County, and Long Island, New York, who performs breast reductions to provide relief for women suffering from the problems associated with overly large breasts.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
A Smaller, More Manageable Bust
Large, cumbersome breasts can adversely affect the appearance of your body, attract unwanted attention, and limit your clothing options. Breast reduction removes glandular tissue, fat, and skin to provide a more compact, balanced, and perkier bust. This allows them to comfortably participate in more activities and have more confidence when doing so.
Improved Shape and Symmetry
Breast asymmetry is common. While some women choose to augment the smaller breast using an implant, others choose to reduce the larger breast to ensure a more balanced bustline that is better proportioned to the rest of their bodies.Breast reduction surgery can be performed on one or both breasts for a more balanced and appealing breast aesthetic.
Improved Physical and Emotional Well-Being
Back pain, neck pain, shoulder divots, and skin irritation are common in women with oversized breasts. Repeated stares, comments, and assumptions made by others can also cause severe emotional distress.
Breast reduction surgery relieves physical discomfort and helps stop the negative attention women with very large breasts often endure.
What Happens During the Breast Reduction Process?
What Is the First Step of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Before your breast reduction is scheduled, an in-depth consultation with our highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon is necessary. During this consultation, Dr. Pincus will listen to your main concerns, desired goals, and expectations.
He will measure your chest, evaluate the condition of your breast skin, and review any medical conditions that may impact the safety of the procedure or the quality of the results. Once Dr. Pincus determines you are a good candidate for breast reduction, he will explain the procedure in detail and how he intends to accomplish your desired results.
What Are My Breast Reduction Incision Options?
Depending on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed, Dr. Pincus will recommend the best incision option for you. These incision types include the following:
Lollipop incision: This incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; it is best suited for women looking for a mild to moderate reduction.
Anchor incision: This option is recommended for women who desire significant reduction. This incision mimics that of the lollipop technique but extends horizontally along the breast crease, allowing for more extensive reduction and better shaping capabilities.
How Is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Once the incisions are made, breast tissue and fat are removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped. Breast reduction is combined with a breast lift to ensure youthful firmness and the proper positioning of the areolas and nipples.
For patients undergoing significant reductions, Dr. Pincus may perform a free nipple graft. This technique completely detaches the nipple from the breast and reattaches it as a skin graft. For some patients, removing the nipple may also eliminate the need for the vertical incision.
After the incisions are closed, they are dressed, and a compression garment is placed around the chest and back to help reduce swelling, assist in proper healing, and maintain the position and shape of your breasts during recovery.
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR BREAST REDUCTION?
Contact the office to set up a consultation.
Have Other Concerns About Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction Recovery
How Difficult Is Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery?
Bruising and swelling around the breasts may persist for several weeks. It’s crucial that you always wear your compression garment (except in the shower) to facilitate blood circulation, assist in the healing process, and help ensure ideal results.
Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. You should avoid bathing or submerging incisions in water, strenuous exercise, and heavy lifting. However, you should be able to return to physically non-demanding jobs within one to two weeks.
Exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for six weeks, after which you can resume your normal routine.
Breast Reduction Results
How Long Will My Breast Reduction Results Last?
The results of your breast reduction are immediately noticeable; however, swelling and bruising will impact the quality of your results. Your breasts will settle into their final size and shape over the following weeks and months.
Weight fluctuations can impact the shape and firmness of your breasts, but as long as you maintain a stable weight, your results will be permanent. Plastic surgery can’t prevent the natural aging of the breasts, so you will eventually experience some breast sagging and other potential changes.
Breast Reduction Scars
Does Breast Reduction Cause Permanent Scars?
Dr. Pincus follows a protocol that helps keep scarring as minimal as possible. However, some scarring should be expected. While the anchor incision is technically a little more extensive, scars along the breast crease and around the areola are often hard to detect. Vertical scarring between the areola and breast crease is usually the only visible scar, but this fades over time and blends well with the surrounding skin.
You can reduce the visibility of scars by following Dr. Pincus’ post-operative instructions, protecting incisions from the sun, and treating them with silicone strips, gel, or scar cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my breast reduction surgery cost in Smithtown, New York?
The cost of your surgery will depend on a number of factors, including the techniques used, anesthesia and facility fees, pre-surgical tests, post-surgical dressings, and prescribed medications. Your cost will be determined at the end of your consultation. Be sure to check with your health insurance provider to see if breast reduction surgery is covered in your case.
Is breast reduction covered by insurance?
Pincus Plastic Surgery is a New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) and an out-of-network (OON) provider. This means that if you have OON benefits, your breast reduction will be covered.
Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Candidates for breast reduction surgery experience physical and emotional discomfort due to their oversized breasts. Women should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations of their results, and not smoke or use any nicotine products.
How will pregnancy affect my breast reduction results?
Weight fluctuations, including those experienced with pregnancy, may impact the quality of your results and contribute to premature breast sagging. The ideal time to undergo breast reduction surgery is when you have no plans for future pregnancies.
How does breast reduction affect breastfeeding?
Breast reduction may affect your ability to breastfeed because the tissue is removed, and the connection between the milk ducts and nipples may be damaged. If breastfeeding is a concern for you, please discuss this with Dr. Pincus at your consultation.
What kind of bra should I wear following my breast reduction procedure?
Most women find they have more clothing and bra options after breast reduction. Wear well-fitting, supportive bras, as sagging will occur faster if your breasts are not adequately supported.
What are the potential risks associated with breast reduction surgery?
Although breast reduction is safe and long-term complications are rare, they are still possible. Some of these complications may include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Loss of skin or nipple sensation
- Poor wound healing
You can reduce your risks by following all of Dr. Pincus’ pre and post-operative instructions.
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When Should I Call About Breast Reduction in Smithtown, NY?
When you are ready to learn more about Dr. Pincus’ Smithtown breast reduction services, call our office at (631) 352-3556 to schedule your consultation.
You should choose your breast reduction provider wisely. We invite you to check our website for more information about our board-certified plastic surgeon, our before and after photos, and our testimonials.