Charleston, South Carolina
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed in order to relieve back, neck, and muscle pain from the size of a woman’s breasts. Depending on the amount of tissue removed, breast reductions may be covered by some insurance. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to relieve the burden of the excess weight on the body and to create a pleasing, well-proportioned profile for the patient.
How It Works
Incisions are made into the breast, and excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are carefully removed. In some cases, where excess fatty tissue is present, liposuction may be used alone to complete the procedure. The incision placement and final result will depend upon the goals discussed by the patient and surgeon ahead of time, and the specific structure of the breast.
Breast reduction leaves the patient with a more positive body image, a more pleasing profile, proportionate breasts, and greater comfort. A breast reduction allows the patient to enjoy a more active lifestyle and eases the pain by reducing the strain on the neck and back.
The breasts and surrounding tissue are affected by a breast reduction surgery. The placement of incisions will depend upon the individual case.
As with any surgery, there is a potential for complications depending upon your medical history and the procedure itself. Dr. O’Neill and Dr. Swartz will discuss your history and any potential risks before scheduling your surgery.
Following your surgery, you should only engage in light activity for the first week or two. It is recommended that you schedule at least 1 week away from work and if you have small children at home, arrange for someone to provide care for them. It can take up to six weeks to fully recover.
The final shape of the breasts will develop over time, as the swelling goes down and the tissue fully settles. This means that the final shape of the breasts may not be clear for several weeks or months.