Thomas G. Crabtree, MD, FACS | BREAST REDUCTION
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BREAST REDUCTION

Breast Reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.  Women often choose breast reduction surgery to:

 

  • Reduce breast tissue of overly large and pendulous breasts
  • Alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain caused by overly large breasts
  • Lift and reshape breasts and areolas
  • Improve body silhouette
  • Increase range of motion and physical activity

 

Breast reduction surgery can be used to address both your cosmetic and physical concerns. Dr. Crabtree will use your initial consultation as a time to listen to your goals and design a custom approach for results that meet your expectations. The consultation is also used to provide you with more detailed information about the risks and benefits of breast reduction surgery, allowing you to make well-informed decisions about your health. In addition, the cost of your breast reduction may be covered by your insurance provider if you are having the procedure performed for medical reasons. Our staff can help coordinate the financing of your surgery with your insurance provider, and help you navigate the details regarding required criteria for coverage. After your breast reduction procedure, many women find the pain caused by oversized breasts completely eliminated, feel more confident in social situations, and experience increased comfort while exercising (which can result in weight loss) and an improved overall quality of life.

The Breast Reduction Procedure:

  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating Room
  • Hospital Status: Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery: 3-4 hours
  • Anesthesia: General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative: A special bra may be worn for up to two weeks to help with swelling and recovery.  Special surgical drains may be necessary to collect any fluid from the incision site. Be aware that swelling after the surgery can cause some loss of feeling in the nipples and breasts.
  • Recovery Time: Return to normal daily routine in one week, one month avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fade and normal sensation.
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of several months.  The results will last for many years depending on lifestyle, childbirth, weight maintenance and other factors.