Breast Reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is done to remove excess fat, tissue, and skin on the breast for a more proportionate figure. This procedure can also alleviate the discomfort that overly large breasts can cause, such as back and neck pain, skin irritation, and breathing problems.
Cost of Breast Reduction
This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.
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DETAILS OF BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
- Surgery: Surgery is done under general anesthetic at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes between 3 – 4 hours and is an outpatient or overnight stay surgery.
- Discomfort: Mild to Moderate. Anticipate 2 – 7 days of pain medication.
- Bruising and Swelling: Improves in 7 – 10 days.
- Bandages: Removed the day after surgery.
- Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve.
- Work: Wear a sports bra full time for 2 weeks and during the day for the next 4 weeks.
- Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
- Final Result: Following scar maturation, about 6 months. Results last 7 – 10 years
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy, non-smokers who are dealing with excessively large breasts. Also, if your large breasts are limiting your physical activity, causing neck, back, or shoulder pain, or are causing shoulder indentations from your bra straps, you may be able to benefit from this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can allow further discussion on whether you are a good candidate for a breast reduction.
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The Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthesia and takes between three and four hours to complete. The surgery begins by marking where the nipple and areolar complex should be. Dr. Rocheford uses the anchor incision pattern, which involves an incision around the areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease. The nipple and areolar complex will remain attached to the breast tissue. Once the excess tissue and skin are removed, the remaining breast will be placed into the smaller skin envelope. All the incisions will be closed with dissolving sutures underneath the skin.
A breast reduction is done by first marking where the nipple and areolar complex should be. This is at the level of the crease under your breast. The anchor type pattern is then marked. All the areas shaded in green indicate where skin and tissue will be removed to lift the breast and make it smaller. The nipple and areolar complex will remain attached to the breast tissue. Once the excess tissue and skin are removed, the remaining breast will be placed into the smaller skin envelope. All the incisions will be closed with dissolving sutures underneath the skin.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Following surgery, patients may experience mild to moderate bruising and swelling, which should resolve within a week. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Patients should wear a sports bra full time for up to four weeks. Physical activity can be resumed after two weeks, with final results apparent at six months. Women from the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin who have a breast reduction at Dr. Heather Rocheford’s plastic surgery office often say it’s the best decision they ever made, and they wonder why they waited so long to have the procedure. You don’t have to wait any longer. Start your breast reduction process now by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices. Call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-968-1294 today to schedule your appointment.
Breast Reduction FAQ’s
What is Breast Reduction?
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul removes 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. Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as physical discomfort and pain. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes 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. Are you interested in learning more about breast reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul? Request a consultation online, or call 651-968-1294 to speak with someone from our team today.
Is it right for me?
Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Breast reduction is a good option for you if:nYou are physically healthynYou have realistic expectationsnYou don’t smokenYou are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too largenYour breasts limit your physical activitynYou experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breastsnYou have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breastsnYou have skin irritation beneath the breast creasenYour breasts hang low and have stretched skinnYour nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupportednYou have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
What You Should Know Before Your Breast Reduction Procedure?
The success and safety of your Minneapolis-St. Paul breast reduction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.nBe prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnA family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsiesnDr. Rocheford may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnExamine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolasnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of your breast reduction procedure and any risks or potential complicationsnDiscuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure for breast reduction.
Breast Reduction Procedural Steps?
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. In some cases, excess fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with the excision techniques described below. If breast size is largely due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a factor, liposuction alone may be used in the procedure for breast reduction. The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and Dr. Rocheford’s advice.nStep 1 – AnesthesianMedications are administered for your comfort during breast reduction surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.nnStep 2 – The incisionnIncision options include:nnA circular pattern around the areolanA keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast creasenAn inverted T or anchor-shaped incision patternnStep 3 – Removing tissue and repositioningnAfter the incision is made, the nipple-which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).nnStep 4 – Closing the incisionsnThe incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.nnStep 5 – See the resultsnThe results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.
Important Facts about Breast Reduction Surgery Risks and Complications?
The decision to have breast reduction surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks of breast reduction surgery and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications. The risks of breast reduction and breast reduction complications include:nUnfavorable scarringnInfectionnChanges in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanentnAnesthesia risksnBleeding (hematoma)nBlood clotsnPoor wound healingnBreast contour and shape irregularitiesnSkin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruisingnDamage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanentnBreast asymmetrynFluid accumulationnExcessive firmness of the breastnPotential inability to breastfeednA potential loss of skin/tissue of breast where incisions meet each othernPotential partial or total loss of nipple and areolanDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnPain, which may persistnAllergies to tape, suture materials, and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injectable agents.nFatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)nA possibility of revision surgerynYou should know that:nBreast reduction surgery can interfere with certain diagnostic proceduresnBreast and nipple piercing can cause an infectionnYour ability to breastfeed following reduction mammaplasty may be limited; talk to your doctor if you are planning to nurse a babynThe breast reduction procedure can be performed at any age but is best done when your breasts are fully developednChanges in the breasts during pregnancy can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery, as can significant weight fluctuationsnThe practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single breast reduction procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Recovery Time for Breast Reduction?
Many patients have questions about recovery from breast reduction surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul. When your breast reduction procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions for breast reduction recovery that may include how to care for your breasts following breast reduction surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. Be sure to ask Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.nWhere will I be taken after my surgery is complete?nWhat medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?nWill I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?nAre stitches removed? When?nWhen can I resume normal activity and exercise?nWhen do I return for follow-up care?
Breast Reduction and Results?
The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better-proportioned figure will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors, and gravity.
Questions to Ask Dr. Rocheford?
It is important for you to be an active participant in the process of considering and planning your breast reduction surgery. The following list of questions to ask about breast reduction during your consultation will help you obtain the information you need.nUse these questions as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nAre you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?nWere you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nWhere and how will you perform my breast reduction procedure?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for breast reduction?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results from breast reduction surgery?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my breast reduction procedure?nHow are breast reduction complications handled?nHow will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?nHow can I expect my breasts to look over time?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?nDo you have breast reduction before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure? Which results are reasonable for me to expect? If so, at which hospitals?nAfter pregnancy? After breastfeeding?