By DR. Steven warnock
Contact us at our Draper, Utah location to schedule a consultation and find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
A woman’s breasts can be overly large due to significant weight gain, heredity and pregnancy, among other factors. Breasts that are uncomfortably large can not only lead to self-consciousness and unwanted attention, they can also cause breathing problems and back and shoulder strain if left untreated.
During breast reduction surgery, a variety of techniques can be used, but the most common incision pattern is to make an anchor shape around the areola and extend downward, following the natural curve of the crease under the breast. Typically, incisions are carefully placed in order to minimize visible scarring as much as possible. Doctor Warnock will then remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, and adjust the nipple to an elevated position on the breast.
The breasts are then reshaped and sutured. The extent of the procedure depends on the patient’s body type and specifications, and is generally performed under general anesthesia.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Women who feel self-conscious about their oversized breasts or who are experiencing medical problems associated with having large breasts are typically approved for this procedure if they are healthy, do not smoke or are willing to quit, have realistic expectations about surgery, and do not have any medical conditions that could impair surgery or healing. During your consultation with Dr. Warnock, it will be determined whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What is Recovery Like?
Following surgery, an elastic bandage or supportive bra will be wrapped around the breasts to control swelling. While the bandages will be removed after a few days, the bra should be worn for a few weeks afterward to protect breasts. Pain will subside in seven to 10 days, and most women can return to work after two weeks. It may take several weeks for bruising and swelling to fade, but results will be fully visible after healing is complete. Strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks, and contact with the breasts should be gentle during the healing process.
Contact Us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Warnock and find out if breast reduction surgery is the solution for your oversized bust.