Large breasts are often associated with the ideal female figure. But in many cases, bigger is not always better. Michigan Plastic Surgery offers effective surgical breast reduction procedures to restore patients’ quality of life and confidence in their body.
What is a Breast Reduction?
Women with naturally large breasts often live with a great deal of physical discomfort. Large breasts can become heavy and restrictive, causing shoulder and back pain and even poor posture because of hunched shoulders. The skin under large breasts can become irritated, and deep indentations are often left by bra straps due to the weight of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can be used to correct these problems, relieve pain, and improve the overall size, shape, and appearance of the breasts.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Women in Lansing who find that their body and quality of life is being negatively affected by overly-large breasts can greatly benefit from a surgical reduction. Patients should be in good physical and mental health and be able to undergo a surgical procedure and recover from it. During a consultation with Dr. Colony, he can determine whether you might also benefit from a breast lift procedure, which can reshape and restore the breast after the fat and tissue has been removed.
How is a Breast Reduction Performed in Lansing?
On the day of your surgery, you will be administered anesthesia; you will be asleep during the procedure. Then, Dr. Colony will make incisions that will allow him to remove excess fat and tissue using techniques that will depend on the composition of your breasts. Dr. Colony often recommends liposuction on either side of the chest to create a natural chest profile and further improve contour. He will then reposition and reshape your breasts to your desired specifications, which will be discussed at length during your consultation. The placement of the incisions depends on your desired outcome and may be placed around the areolas, vertically underneath the areolas, or in the crease under your breasts. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures and dressed, and drains may be placed to aid with fluid buildup.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Downtime following surgery will be required, and strenuous activity should be kept to a minimum for two weeks. You may shower, but be sure to follow all post-operative directions to help ensure a safe recovery process. Patients usually experience some discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medications like Motrin or Aleve. You may need to take care of drains during this time, and you’ll also be expected to wear a compression garment to support your breasts and help the tissues adhere to the new contour. After the initial swelling subsides, you’ll notice immediate results.
Scheduling a Breast Reduction Surgery
For more information on breast reduction, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery in East Lansing. Dr. Lee Colony is a highly respected surgeon with over 25 years of experience, and he is committed to each and every one of his patients. Dr. Colony and his staff will work with you at every step of the way to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. Dr. Colony serves patients in the Okemos, Brighton, and Grand Ledge areas as well.