Breast Reduction Bellevue
Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammaplasty is reducing the breast size. This procedure is one of the most common breast procedures performed. A breast reduction can dramatically affect the shape, size and overall look of the physique. It can not only enhance the breast aesthetics but also improve the quality of life in certain individuals. These candidates are those that have quite large breasts that cause symptoms that may include; back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, shoulder grooving and even rashes underneath the breasts. These patients demonstrate a significant increase in quality of life after breast reduction. Large breasts or macromastia can be seen even in younger age groups in the form of juvenile breast hypertrophy. This entity ids defined by rapid growth of breast tissue and can reach very large size at a young age affecting activity and self confidence at a young age. Breast reduction surgery can also correct large asymmetries between the two breasts.
Breast Reduction Techniques and Scars
There are many different techniques used to reduce the breast. These include vertical lifts or wise (anchor) pattern lifts. These techniques result in different scar patterns. The type of reduction you need depends on your surgeon and how much breast tissue needs to be removed. The amount of tissue removed is important to not only attain a smaller breast but an aesthetic breast as well. Different pedicles can be used to reduce the breast; inferior pedicle, medial pedicel, superomedial pedicle and lateral pedicle. The choice of technique is based on your plastic surgeon and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. With the removal of the tissue the breast should also appear lifted by the end simultaneously. Dr. Parikh focuses not only reducing the breast volume, but also on the symmetry and aesthetic look of the breast.
Candidates for Breast Reduction:
Breast reduction candidates are generally healthy and nonsmokers. Active smoking increases the risks of failure of wounds to heal and loss of nipple or skin. A patient that has quit smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery may be a candidate. Two types of candidates are usually seen. One type is a symptomatic patient. Those with neck, should or back pain. Shoulder grooving, or rashes underneath the breasts. These are great candidates for breast reduction because they will have a dramatic improvement in their symptoms and are generally very happy after the surgery. Some candidates can be very young as well. The youngest candidate, for example 15 to 16 years of age may have juvenile breast hypertrophy. These patients can also extremely benefit from breast reduction surgery. Not only for reducing symptoms, but also improving self confidence and self consciousness. The other type of patient does not have symptoms but just wants smaller breasts or more symmetric breasts. This is an aesthetic reason to perform the surgery because they will get a breast lift from the procedure simultaneously.
Breast Reduction Cost
Cost of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Range is from $9500 to $12000 USD for all combined charges. Prices may vary based on length of time and complexity of the case. Pricing includes all follow up appointments and care. There are no hidden fees.
Postoperative Recovery after Breast Lift with Implants and Scar Care
This is a same day procedure and the patient will go home that day after the procedure. After the procedure there may be some discomfort. Some swelling and bruising is normal. Overall recovery is not very extensive. Patients usually return to work after 1-2 week and may start light exercise after 4 weeks. Full recovery without restriction is around 6 -8 weeks. Showering may occur after 48 hrs. A support bra should be worn for the first 4 weeks. There are no drains. If there are any questions during the postoperative course we encourage patients to call immediately. Follow ups are close initially and will be spaced out farther with time.
Scars continue change over the course of a year. Dr. Parikh will discuss scar therapy options with you. Some of these options include silicone gel or sheeting or pressure.
Breast Lift with Implant Complications
- Wound dehiscence
- Nipple or Skin Loss
- Change in sensation
With any surgical procedure complications can occur, but are generally low. We encourage that you ask about complications during your visit with Dr. Parikh. Dr. Parikh will ensure that your safety is first and discuss any concern in great detail that is tailored to your specific medical history.