One solution for women whose overly large breasts cause pain, discomfort, or emotional stress is a procedure known as breast reduction surgery. Unlike breast augmentation surgery, which enlarges the breast, a breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) procedure removes excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat to reduce the size and weight of the breast. The overall goal is to bring your breast size into proportion with your body, as well as to reduce the discomfort that can be caused by this problem.
Breast reduction surgery is an ideal solution for the physical and emotional problems that can be caused by overly large breasts. Aside from the physical pain and discomfort they bring, the weight of overly large breasts can impair the ability to lead an active life. However, the self-consciousness and emotional discomfort can often be even more of an issue for women afflicted with this condition.
To anyone who is contemplating getting a breast reduction, do not be scared. From start to finish there is nothing to worry about. From the moment I entered the office and was greeted by Dr. DeLuca’s secretary Gloria, I was totally at ease. Dr. DeLuca has such a great bedside manner and I felt completely comfortable talking to him. He gave me great advice on how much breast tissue I should have removed to fit my body proportions. It has been several years now and my only regret is not getting this surgery sooner. It has truly changed my life in many different ways. Dr. DeLuca is the best plastic surgeon in the area in my opinion. I have referred many of my friends and business associates to him and they all have been very happy with their results.
– Cyndy S. / Breast Reduction
Saratoga Springs, NY
Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit into the box of any ideal image. Breast reduction is potentially a beneficial procedure for any woman, regardless of age, who has large, heavy breasts. Although it is a plastic surgery, it is not considered a cosmetic procedure because of the potential lifestyle benefits that can be gained by reducing the weight and size of the breasts. In some cases, when size and discomfort are less of an issue than drooping or fullness, breast lift surgery may be an ideal solution. A consultation from DeLuca Plastic Surgery is needed to determine the appropriateness of either procedure.
In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until the breasts are fully developed, typically beyond 18 years of age. However, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best reduction candidates are those who are mature enough to understand the procedure fully and have realistic expectations about the results.
Breast reduction surgery may be a good option if you are a physically healthy non-smoker, as well as if the size and weight of your breasts have bothered you for an extended length of time. If your physical activity is limited due to your breasts, and they cause pain in your neck, shoulder, or back, as well as lead to discomfort in your back, shoulders, and ribs due to the digging of bra straps, then you are a potential candidate for breast reduction surgery. If you experience irritation and pain along the breast crease, the skin of your breasts is stretched, making them hang low with an increase in your areola size, or your nipples droop below the breast crease when unsupported, then you may also benefit from breast reduction surgery.
Click through our online gallery to view breast reduction before and after photos. In addition to the before and after breast reduction photos on our website, there are several large binders located at DeLuca Plastic Surgery full of recent cases that you will be able to look through and discuss during your consultation.
I met Dr. DeLuca back in 2003, when a family member needed a breast reduction. He was highly recommended by a co-worker and the family member was very happy with the results. I thought about having a breast reduction this year when I saw my pictures from a vacation and was not happy with what I saw. Then I ran into an old friend who always had a larger chest than me she looked wonderful! I said to her you look great and she told me about her breast reduction surgery. At this point I was not happy with my body and more thought had me ask myself why am I dealing with back pain, bra straps dig in into my shoulder, my clothing not fitting me correctly, and always being self conscious of my breast size.
I did not hesitate; I called Dr. DeLuca and made my appointment. He explained everything about the surgery and confirmed that I was a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
After my surgery I noticed immediately relief of my back pain and my shoulders did not hurt me. I have more confidence in myself and feel 10 years younger now. Shopping is a pleasure – I can put on a blouse without worry if the blouse will pop open! I can wear anything now from a suit to a bathing suit & be comfortable about myself.
Dr. DeLuca did a wonderful job with my large and saggy breasts, now I have a perfect breast size and shape. I would recommend Dr. DeLuca to anyone who needs a surgery. Dr. DeLuca makes you feel very comfortable to talk to, and he answers all your questions, shows you picture so you are clear on how you may look. I just recommended Dr. DeLuca to one of my friends about two months ago and she had the surgery too… She looks and feels great! Thank You Dr. DeLuca.
– Heather W. / Breast Reduction
Albany, New York
Your breast reduction procedure begins with a series of incisions, through which glandular tissue and fat may be removed. You have a variety of choices as to where you would like your incision to be placed for your breast reduction. Dr. Tauber will go over each of these key points and options during your consultation.
Excess breast fat, in some cases, may be removed via liposuction in conjunction with the above-described excision technique. If the excess skin is not present, and the unwanted enlargement is mostly due to fatty tissue, liposuction alone may be an option.
The ideal technique for your breast reduction depends largely on how much skin needs to be removed. A keyhole incision (which results in a lollipop-shaped scar in the middle of each breast) may be a good choice if your breasts hang low, and a lot of skin is present. If the breasts are relatively high sitting, a circular incision (which results in a round, donut-shaped scar around the areola) can be just as effective. The procedure itself requires general anesthesia administered by a qualified anesthesiologist, and recovery time is generally around two weeks. In many cases, scarring is minimal and fades to invisibility within one year.
This is one of the most important issues for women who are considering breast reduction surgery at our Albany, NY practice. Insurance plans vary considerably from patient to patient. However, two general conditions must be met in order for breast reduction surgery to be covered by insurance. The first condition requires that there is a medical need. The medical need could include ailments such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, pain from bra indentations in the shoulders, and rashes. The second condition is that the tissue to be removed must meet certain weight requirements.
During your breast reduction surgery consultation, Dr. Tauber will discuss the medical problems that you are experiencing as a result of large breasts. Dr. Tauber will then outline this information in a letter to your insurance provider. This letter will also include a photo of your breasts (without showing your face) and an estimate of how much weight can be removed during surgery. If the amount meets the weight requirements of your insurance carrier, your insurer will likely cover your breast reduction surgery.
Your relationship with Dr. Tauber does not end after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Tauber will be available to you 24/7 during the entire duration of your recovery. He will see you often through the first weeks and months following your procedure. If, at any time, you wish to meet with Dr. Tauber, he will open up his schedule to see you. Post-operative appointments at DeLuca Plastic Surgery are offered at no cost to you.
I have always had large breast; my gynecologist has hinted for several years to me regarding a breast reduction; until the suggestion I never gave it a thought. Over the last three years the thought of a breast reduction has always been in the back of my mind. When I look at myself in pictures/mirror I see large and hanging breasts with large indentations in my shoulders and back pain. A friend recently underwent a breast reduction and when I saw her was amazed at how great she looked.
I have never had surgery but knew I was unhappy with my size DD breasts; I decided to make an appointment with Dr. DeLuca just to discuss the process and procedure (keeping in the back of my mind that I’m just talking to the Doctor no decisions have to be made).
I was a little nervous on appointment day; will I be able to do this, have surgery? When I met Dr. DeLuca he made me very comfortable, he showed me pictures of other women’s breasts before and after their surgery – my breasts looked just as large and saggy as these women’s but the after pictures were amazing. Dr. DeLuca explained what the procedures would be; however, I was still nervous but decided to go for it.
On surgery day I was not nervous because I knew this is what I wanted. The surgery went great; I didn’t need the pain medication… Tylenol worked for me. I had surgery on Tuesday and went back to work on the following Monday.
I feel great, no back pain and the indentations in my shoulders are starting to fade. I have never worn a shirt with buttons – they always gape in the front – now I own button up shirts. I enjoy shopping for clothes. I can buy pretty colored bras; I now own a sports bra – they never fit – always looked like I had one big boob. The most amazing thing is I don’t have to wear a bra if I don’t want to – they look great.
I would recommend anyone to Dr. DeLuca, he did a wonderful job, and made me feel comfortable, and I liked him immediately. Dr. DeLuca answered all my questions I had written down in a list – he literally sat down and answered each and every one. I am very happy with my new size and wish I had this done sooner. I feel great and look great thanks to Dr. DeLuca.
T.B / Breast Reduction
Albany, New York – October 3, 2010