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Breast Reduction Surgery in Cleveland

Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight – from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman – or a teenage girl – feel extremely self-conscious.

Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.

The surgeon will examine and measure your breasts, and will probably photograph them for reference during surgery and afterwards. (The photographs may also be used in the processing of your insurance coverage.) He will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure — such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin.

Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The Cleveland breast reduction surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. He then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.

Dr. Picha and Dr. Raj will make every attempt to leave you with scars that are as inconspicuous as possible. However, breast reduction scars are permanent. They commonly remain red and lumpy for months, but will gradually become less conspicuous. In many cases, they will slowly fade to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed to permit the wearing of low-cut tops.

Although you may be up and about in a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three or four weeks.

Your breast reduction surgeon will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Most of our Cleveland breast reduction patients can return to work (if it's not too strenuous) and social activities in about two weeks. But you'll have much less stamina for several weeks and should limit your exercises to stretching, bending, and swimming until your energy level returns.

Of all plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation in Cleveland, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. You'll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better.

For more detailed information regarding breast reduction please contact us at 440-842-FACE or by using the contact form on this page.

About Western Reserve Plastic Surgery

For years, Western Reserve Plastic Surgery has provided top-quality care and results for cosmetic surgery patients. Our surgeons are highly trained in a variety of intricate and complex surgical procedures for breast lift, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty and other cosmetic surgery patients.

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