Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. Dr. Shahin Fazilat’s patients elect to have breast reduction surgery because of shoulder, neck or back pain, discomfort while sleeping, rashes under trapped skin, an inability to participate in certain sports because of breast size, or a feeling of self-consciousness.
Breast reduction for women is a very popular procedure because there are far more benefits than just an improved physical appearance. These include improved clothing fit, less shoulder and back pain, and more symmetry for anyone who had breasts of different sizes.
Breast reduction surgery removes your skin, fat, and glandular tissue to improve the breast’s shape, decreasing the size, and enhancing the aesthetic balance of a woman’s upper torso.
Our approach to breast reduction procedures
During your consultation with Dr. Fazilat, he will discuss the procedure in great detail, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about breast reduction.
Dr. Fazilat will ask you if:
- Your breasts are creating medical problems such as the neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Your posture is also being affected
- You’re losing sleep because of breast discomfort when lying down
- You develop rashes and/or infections on the trapped skin under your large breasts
- You’re unable to participate in certain sports because of breast size
- You feel self-conscious about your breast size
Dr. Fazilat will personally walk you through your options and share recommendations based on the latest research, advances in the field, and what’s best for your particular case, including:
- Scar location
The SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery difference
Once you have booked your surgery, Dr. Fazilat’s office will coordinate the location and time of your procedure. You will receive a pre-operative appointment, which is typically two weeks before your surgery. During this appointment, you will be given instructions for your surgery, as well as any medical request forms for necessary blood work or related medical tests. Dr. Fazilat will also take any pre-operative photos and review your planned procedure(s), so you can ask any final questions. Our office will contact you by phone or by email to review your instructions and your health history.
Breast reduction surgery is one of the most common procedures that Dr. Fazilat performs in his practice. Typically, these operations are performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia with a certified anesthesiologist; surgical times are 3 to 4 hours, but can vary depending on your breast size.
Recovering from breast reduction at SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery
After breast reduction surgery, it is typical for our patients to feel tired and sore; however, this soreness usually passes in a day or two with many patients returning to work within a week, though strenuous activity should be avoided for up to four weeks. Patients may often go home that day, while some require an overnight stay. The patient should also have an adult stay with them for 24 hours following the surgery to monitor their recovery.
Stitches are removed a week after two to three weeks after breast reduction surgery. Any post-operative pain, swelling, and/or sensitivity will commonly diminish over the first few weeks. Finally, scars from breast reduction incisions begin to fade in a few months and continue to fade for months or years to come.
Request your consultation
We invite you to schedule your cosmetic consultation with SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery today; we’d love to be a part of your journey to a more youthful you. To learn more about breast reduction surgery, please call us today at 650.964.2200, or complete the form on our website to request an initial consultation in Mountain View or Morgan Hill, California.