Breast Reduction Philadelphia
Women with large breasts who are unhappy with their appearance or have breast-related back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, breathing problems, or poor posture may benefit from a breast reduction. Dr. Hoffman provides this procedure and a number of other breast procedures at Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery.
In addition to physical pain and other symptoms, large breasts may also draw unwanted attention that can affect a woman’s self-esteem and make her uncomfortable with her appearance. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, can help patients enjoy a renewed self-image by creating more proportional body contours.
IDEAL BREAST-REDUCTION CANDIDATES
Ideal candidates for breast-reduction surgery are women whose oversized breasts are causing medical problems or physical discomfort. Conservative treatment for pain should be attempted prior to surgical intervention. Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding while undergoing this procedure.
THE REDUCTION MAMMAPLASTY CONSULTATION
Prior to your breast-reduction procedure, Dr. Hoffman will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations for surgery. He will evaluate whether or not breast-reduction surgery is appropriate for you.
The two of you will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and the details of the post-operative recovery period. This discussion is important in helping patients achieve the precise results they desire.
Each procedure is fully customized for each individual patient. If you are a good candidate for breast-reduction surgery, your insurance company will be contacted to see if they will cover the operation.
*A credit card is required to hold your surgery date. If you fail to cancel your surgery within 3 weeks of your scheduled surgery date, you will be charged a $150 surgery processing fee.
BEFORE AND AFTER GALLERY
THE DETAILS OF BREAST REDUCTION
Breast-reduction surgery removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts while tightening skin to produce smaller breasts that are more comfortable and in healthier proportion to the rest of the body. This has the additional benefit of providing lift and contouring to the breasts. Areolae may be resized and repositioned to fit the new dimensions of the breasts.
After general anesthesia is administered, incisions are made in the breasts:
- A donut incision involves two concentric circles around the areola.
- A lollipop incision involves a circle around the areola and a vertical incision down to the breast crease.
- An anchor incision involves a circle around the areola, an incision down to the breast fold, and a curving horizontal incision across the fold.
BREAST REDUCTION POST-OP CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Get plenty of rest.
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by Dr. Hoffman.
- As soon as it can be comfortably tolerated, you may go from the post-surgical compression garment to a No Underwire Bra for 6 months after breast surgery.
✔ Dr. Hoffman does NOT recommend wearing a sports bra. Cups with no underwire are strongly suggested for optimal results in contouring the breasts.
These bras can be found at GiGi’s, Kohl’s and Soma stores.
- Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications.
- Do not drive a car for 1-2 weeks after surgery.
- No heavy lifting. No lifting anything over 10 lbs.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activities for 4-6 weeks.
- You may return to work in 7-14 days (this will vary depending on your type of work).
Wound (Incision) Care:
- If drainage tubes have been placed, you may shower 48 hours after removal.
- Keep steri-strips on.
- Keep incisions clean and inspect them daily for signs of infection.
- Leave dressing on for the length of time prescribed by Dr. Hoffman.
- Wear your surgical bra 24/7 for 4 weeks post op. You will then transition into a wireless (NO WIRE) bra with cups for 6 months after the operation.
What to Expect and Follow-Up Instructions:
- There may be post-operative pain, temporary bruising, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, swelling, and discoloration.
- There may be some loss of sensation in the nipples.
- Scars will fade in several months to a year.
- If drainage tubes have been placed, they are removed when the 24-hour output is less than 30 ml x 2 days.
- Sutures are removed in 7-14 days.
Please follow this link to review before & after (Breast Reduction) plastic surgery photos of actual patients.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR BREAST REDUCTION
To find out more about breast reduction, contact Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman will be available to answer any questions you may have.
What is the Cost of a Breast Reduction?
Pricing for a breast reduction includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and Anesthesia.
Breast Reduction (cosmetic): $7,000-$10,000
*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and scope of the procedure