Overly large breasts often cause severe back and neck pain, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, bra strap indentations and extreme self-consciousness. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate many of these symptoms for better comfort and enhanced confidence. In some cases, breast reduction may be considered a medical necessity and therefore may be covered by insurance.
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Horvath has helped many women experience relief from the painful side effects caused by oversized, pendulous breasts.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction candidates are evaluated individually by Dr. Horvath during an informational consultation. He will examine your breasts, noting the amount of excess tissue and the quality of the skin; he will also record your detailed medical history and inquire about the challenges you experience because of your heavy breasts.
Ideally, breast reduction candidates are women who:
- Are physically healthy
- Are psychologically stable
- Do not smoke
- Do not have a medical condition which could increase the risks of surgery or impair healing
- Have reasonable expectations of surgery
- Understand the possible risks
The Surgical Procedure
Breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis with anesthesia. You will not feel anything during the surgery.
Dr. Horvath begins by making an incision around the nipple, extending vertically to the lower part of the breast and sometimes along the crease of the breast. This is known as either the vertical or the anchor-shaped incision.
Through the incision, Dr. Horvath reduces, lifts and shapes the underlying breast tissue. He will reposition the nipple higher on the breast, and if necessary, he can reduce enlarged areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipples). Then, he brings the incisions together to reshape the smaller breast mound.
When Dr. Horvath is finished, he will close the incisions with absorbable sutures and place a surgical bandage or support garment around the breasts. The garment helps the newly contoured breast tissues as they heal.
Recovering from Breast Reduction
Dr. Horvath will supply detailed aftercare instructions for reference. He will follow up with you to check your progress and answer questions.
Initially the breasts will be sore, swollen and bruised. This lasts about a week or two, after which the swelling should resolve. As your breasts heal, it’s important to refrain from any strenuous activity, including heavy lifting. Dr. Horvath will advise when it is safe to return to exercise, work and other everyday activities.
Once your breasts have healed from surgery, they will be smaller, firmer and lighter. You will likely find it easier to exercise, play sports and engage in physical activities with lighter breasts; you will also be more confident about your appearance and have an easier time fitting into blouses and dresses. Scarring is usually well concealed under a swimsuit or bra.
To see before and after photos of our breast reduction patients, click here.
Learn More about Breast Reduction
For more information about breast reduction surgery, please contact Horvath Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center.