Heavy breasts can be quite a burden for women, causing back and shoulder pain, as well as inhibiting their ability to dance, play sports, or just play with their kids. Large breasts can also make some women feel self-conscious and make shopping for clothes a very real problem. Breast reduction surgery might be the answer.
At HK, we understand that deciding to reduce the size of your breasts is not to be taken lightly. You need to feel 100% confident that your surgeon has the skill and expertise to take good care of you. We are known experts in all types of breast surgery, and our fully accredited surgical facility is located in a beautiful wooded area to help you relax and feel comfortable. Our nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, and we use board-certified anesthesiologists. This is the gold standard and is beyond the requirements of accreditation and certification. You deserve nothing less than the best.
We also provide Vectra 3D Imaging so that you can see a three-dimensional picture of how your breasts will look after your reduction. This is an excellent way for you to choose the size you wish your breasts to be. The technology also visually communicates to your surgeon how you want to look after your procedure.
What can a breast reduction do for me?
A breast reduction will provide you with smaller breasts in the size you prefer. Not only will this surgery improve your posture, reduce back/neck/shoulder pain, and allow you to be more active comfortably, but it will also give you a more proportional figure. Dresses will especially fit better because the top and bottom of your body will be more balanced.
What can I expect during a breast reduction?
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with IV sedation. Most of these surgeries require 2-3 hours to complete.
Every breast reduction procedure is customized for you and depends on your anatomy and the outcome you want. Usually, three incisions are made: one around the areola, another vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and the third horizontally beneath the breast in the natural curve of the crease. Our surgeons are exceptionally skilled at keeping scars to a minimum.
Excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped. The nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position to accommodate the smaller size of your breasts. If the areola is too large for the smaller breast size, they can also be reduced in size for a more balanced look. You will, of course, decide all of this before your surgery using Vectra 3D imaging. Liposuction is also sometimes used to sculpt the breasts – especially the sides – into a pleasing shape.
Because the nipples and areolas remain attached to the underlying tissue (similar to a button moved to a higher buttonhole), sensation is usually preserved, and you should even be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction.
How long does it take to recover from breast reduction surgery?
You may be required to wear an elastic bandage or surgical bra for a period of time during your recovery period. We will monitor your progress and provide you with detailed instructions to speed your healing as much as possible.
Bruising, soreness, and swelling are normal after a breast reduction, but they usually subside quickly. The swelling will be the last after-effect to resolve. While your breasts will, of course, be immediately smaller, the final shape will not fully “settle” for about 6 months.
Most women take 1-2 weeks off from work, and you will need to sleep on your back for a short time. You should also avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a few weeks.
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If heavy breasts are causing you problems, call us now about a breast reduction in North Carolina.