Breast Reduction Surgery in Austin, TX
The breasts are often a focal point in cosmetic procedures as women typically have an idea of how they want their upper-body profile to look. While many women desire more size and fullness in the breasts, others have entirely different goals in mind. Women with excessively large breasts often feel self-conscious about their bodies and uncomfortable in their clothes. They may also suffer from physical symptoms caused by the weight of their breasts such as pain in their neck, back and shoulders, as well as chronic skin rashes from friction underneath their breasts.
For women who have disproportionately large breasts, reduction surgery can be truly life altering. In fact, this procedure has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any plastic or reconstructive surgery procedure performed today. Frequently after surgery women say, “I wish I had done this 10 years ago!” With extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of breast enhancement and breast reconstructive procedures, Dr. Christine Fisher is fully qualified to perform your breast reduction surgery. With her eye for beauty and symmetry, she knows how to help her patients craft an attractive and more comfortable size and shape that fits their own personal aesthetic and lifestyle goals.
Why Should You Consider Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery offers aesthetic improvement and relief from physical discomfort at the same time. Some of the reasons women may choose breast reduction include:
- Breasts that are disproportionately large in relation to the rest of their body contour
- Inability to wear certain types of clothing due to the size of the breasts
- Avoidance of some activities due to physical discomfort or embarrassment
- Heavy, pendulous breasts that cause shoulder and neck fatigue
- Skin friction underneath the breasts that leads to recurrent rashes and infections
- Indentations in the shoulder due to the weight of their breasts pulling on bra straps
- Lack of self-confidence and self-esteem due to their appearance
Whether you are seeking breast reduction for purely cosmetic reasons or to relieve chronic pain, Dr. Fisher can help. She will listen to your concerns and take the time to fully understand your aesthetic goals to help you design the right surgical plan for you. Together you will develop a treatment that will bring balance, proportion and harmony to the entire body profile. If another procedure would be a better fit for you, Dr. Fisher can discuss your options with you as well.
Options for Breast Reduction
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to cosmetic breast reductions. Because every woman’s body is different, the techniques and methods used during the surgery must be tailored to the precise needs, proportions and desired outcome of the individual patient. In most cases, Dr. Fisher will use a “lollipop” incision for a “vertical” technique breast reduction, which involves an incision encircling the areola and moving down the lower half of the breast. However, patients that need more extensive correction may also require additional incisions to accommodate the amount of skin and tissue that need to be removed to achieve the appropriate result.
Your Surgery Experience
Breast reduction is completed in a series of steps, giving you and Dr. Fisher ample time to evaluate your personal needs and create the outcome you desire. This is what you can expect from your breast reduction experience:
Your initial meeting with Dr. Fisher is the ideal time to share your concerns and discuss what you want and expect from your breast reduction procedure. Once she understands your goals for the surgery, she will determine the best approach to use to ensure safe and successful operation and the best possible results. You will have the opportunity to ask questions so that you are comfortable and confident as you prepare for the day of your procedure.
The Day of Your Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia with local anesthesia, so you are asleep for the procedure and do not experience any discomfort. Dr. Fisher begins surgery by making a vertical incision down the center of your breast from the areola to the breast crease and another around the areola inside the pigmented area. If additional correction is necessary, she will add another horizontal incision in the crease underneath the breast. Most incisions will be carefully placed where post-operative scarring will be minimal and safely hidden along the fold of the breast, not visible in undergarments.
Through the incisions, Dr. Fisher removes fat, skin and glandular breast tissue to sculpt smaller, more lifted breasts that are beautifully symmetrical and in better balance with the rest of the body. Depending on the size of your new breasts, Dr. Fisher may recommend trimming down the size of the areola so that it remains proportionate to create a natural aesthetic appearance. The nipple and areola may also be re-positioned, restoring them to a more youthful position on your new newly sculpted breasts. Finally, liposuction of the lateral chest can be used to improve the contour of the lateral breast and further improve the aesthetic result.
After reducing, reshaping and lifting your breasts, Dr. Fisher will close the incisions with layers of absorbable hidden sutures and seal these with surgical tape or medical glue. Your chest will then be placed in a surgical bra to minimize swelling and offer support during the early healing process. In most cases, breast reduction surgery takes between one and three hours to complete. If the procedure is performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck, you can expect a longer surgical time.
Recovery and Results that Last
Breast reduction surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home a few hours after your surgery. It is essential to have someone with you for the first day or two to ensure you do not experience any complications and you can rest comfortably during that initial recovery period. Dr. Fisher and her staff will provide instructions on how to minimize swelling, manage discomfort and care for your incisions while you recover to provide you with a comfortable recuperation and the best possible outcome from your operation.
Most of Dr. Fisher’s breast reduction patients return to work within a week and are able to engage in light exercise like gentle walking after two weeks. More intensive aerobic exercise is strongly discouraged until four weeks post-surgery to give the breasts ample time to heal. Swelling is common after breast reduction surgery but typically subsides within three to six months.
All surgery results in a scar along the incision and the appearance of the scar can vary somewhat based on the patient’s genetics, race and skin condition. However, careful incision placement, meticulous suturing and the deployment of evidence-based scar reduction treatments in post-operative care help keep them to a minimum. Dr. Fisher employs all these steps to provide the most aesthetically-pleasing results for her patients.
Once you are fully healed from your breast reduction, you should enjoy your smaller, perkier breasts for many years. This procedure is designed to be performed once in a lifetime. However, some women may find that time and the aging process can lead to drooping or sagging in the breasts further down the line, which may prompt them to seek additional treatment to preserve their results. At this time, Dr. Fisher may recommend a breast lift to restore the youthful appearance once again and turn back the clock.
Making the Most of Your Breast Reduction Results
Breast reduction offers dramatic, long-lasting results when performed as a stand-alone procedure. However, some patients choose to combine their breast reduction with other treatments to enhance their effects further. Liposuction is frequently added to breast reduction surgery to create a more youthful chest and torso contour in addition to the more proportionate breast size and shape. Some patients may also choose to have additional contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck, performed at the same time, in order to create their desired total body contour with just a single time under anesthesia. This combination approach is particularly attractive to women looking to restore their bodies after weight change or pregnancy, which is why the combination of procedures is often referred to as a “mommy makeover.” Dr. Fisher prefers to call this approach “post-pregnancy reconstruction” since the goal is restorative as much as cosmetic.
Breast reduction surgery is a popular procedure among women because it can provide dramatic results in terms of appearance and physical comfort levels. With many benefits possible, breast reduction can indeed be a life-changing process that improves a woman’s quality of life overall. To find out if you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery, or to learn more about any of our other breast shaping options, send us a message or call our office at 512-815-0123 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fisher.