One of the most rewarding procedures for patients, as well as Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft alike, breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) is often identified as one of the fastest ways to make the most radical improvement to a patient’s quality of life. Women seeking breast reduction have various motivations, but the common theme is that over-sized breasts are holding them back from the life they want to live. They’re spending too much money on heavy-duty bras; experiencing chronic back, neck and shoulder pain; are unable to exercise as often as, or in the way, they want to; are unable to wear the clothes they like most; and, in the case of our younger patients, may even be experiencing emotional pain because of negative attention from their peers. Patients come to us exhausted and ready for freedom.
How do I know if I’m ready for a breast reduction?
If any of the conditions above apply to you, we certainly recommend a consultation. During consult, Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft will also want to establish that you are at a stable weight given that future weight gain or loss will affect the results of a reduction. They will also confirm that you are in overall good health and that your breasts are done developing. If pregnancy and breastfeeding are still a future consideration for you, Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft will thoroughly discuss the potential impact breast reduction can have on breastfeeding, as well as the impact pregnancy/breastfeeding can have on the results of your procedure. Finally, as with all surgeries, Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft ask patients who are smokers to cease smoking several weeks in advance of the operation and to delay starting again (if at all) until well after recovery.
“I recently had a breast reduction performed by Dr. Houser. I just want to say how impressed I am with his professionalism and his bedside manner. He takes away your fears and replaces them with confidence in knowing that you are in good hands. The staff is so friendly and they are there no matter when or what time you need them. I thank him and each of the members of the staff from the bottom of my heart, and wish them continued and life-long success, just as I will now face moving forward from my surgery”
What happens during and after my breast reduction procedure?
Breast reductions involve the removal of unwanted skin, fat and tissue, and include any needed adjustments to the shape and placement of the nipples. Occasionally, liposuction is also used to optimize results. In most cases, but depending on the patient’s body, goals, and level of reduction, the surgical incision is known as an “anchor” type because it encircles the areola, extends down the underside of the breast and then across in each direction at the breast fold. Most incision scars will become flat and thin within a year of surgery, and most patients report that any visible scarring is well worth the exchange for less pain and more freedom of movement.
Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft’s practice is an accredited surgical facility, which means your procedure takes place in the same convenient location where all your previous appointments occurred. Your breast reduction, like the majority of the surgeries Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft provide, will be done while you are under twilight sedation (unless general anesthesia is requested). Twilight sedation allows for an easier and more gentle recovery, with less postoperative nausea and vomiting. Recovery times vary for each person, but generally, breast reduction requires about two weeks.
If this is the right time to finally find the relief, confidence, and freedom you’ve always wanted, call Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus today. We look forward to seeing the joy that breast reduction can give you.