Breast Reduction Surgery: All Your Questions Answered

While some women may envy your feminine figure, large breasts can cause uncomfortable symptoms and make it difficult to find clothing that’s flattering and fashionable. You’ve heard about breast reduction surgery (also known as mammaplasty and reduction mammaplasty), and wonder if you’d be happier with more subtle curves.

Just over 43,000 women per year undergo mammaplasty in the United States to improve the shape, weight, and position of their breasts. Although mammaplasty is usually considered an aesthetic procedure, it can also reduce or eliminate symptoms, such as:

World-renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov, founder of The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery has performed thousands of mammaplasty surgeries that help women look and feel their best.

If you’re considering breast reduction, the following is a list of some of the questions you probably have about the procedure’s benefits:

Will my figure look better after breast reduction?

An expert plastic surgeon always takes your entire shape into consideration when making any kind of aesthetic improvement, including breast reduction. During your consultation, Dr. Nikolov discusses your ideal figure, takes your measurements, and learns about any symptoms you may have.

The purpose of an expertly performed breast reduction is not only to reduce your uncomfortable symptoms but also to create a more balanced look to your physique. Dr. Nikolov makes the improvements that are best suited to your individual body. Not only are your breasts smaller and better shaped after breast reduction surgery, they also harmonize more perfectly with your hips, shoulders, and waist.

Can I get a breast lift with breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Nikolov resolves all positional aesthetic issues with your breasts during your breast-reduction surgery. During the reduction phase, he removes excess fat and glandular tissue, which may have been pulling your breasts downward. If your breasts are pendulous, or if you’ve sagged with age or with the weight of your breasts, Dr. Nikolov performs a breast lift  (mastopexy) as part of your breast reduction procedure.

A breast lift makes your smaller breasts higher and more youthful looking. You’ll notice that your nipples stand straight forward, instead of drooping downward. Your clothing will fit better, too.

During mammaplasty, Dr. Nikolov also ensures your breasts are symmetrical in both position and volume. During your consultation, feel free to bring up all the aesthetic and medical issues you have with your breasts so that you can get the improvements you desire.

Do you have to move my nipples during breast reduction?

During your breast reduction, Dr. Nikolov makes an incision around the areola of your nipple, which he carries downward to the crease of your breasts. In most instances, the nipple stays attached to your breast tissue.

If your breasts are extremely large, he may need to detach the nipples and move them to a more upward position. He lets you know if this is necessary during your consultation.

Can I nurse my baby after breast reduction surgery?

You may wish to delay your breast reduction until after you’ve finished your family. Although you may be able to nurse after breast reduction, some women aren’t able to do so. Also, pregnancy and nursing change the shape and weight of your breasts, which may undo some of the aesthetic benefits of breast reduction.

Should I lose weight before or after my breast reduction?

Losing weight lowers the volume of fat in your breasts, which may cause your skin to sag. You should try to be at or near your goal weight before you undergo a breast reduction to avoid the need for a second breast lift.

Do I have to be asleep for my operation?

Breast reduction is a major surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. Dr. Nikolov and his caring team give you complete preoperative and postoperative instructions so you can prepare for your operation. You must arrange for someone to drive you home after you come out of anesthesia.

How long does it take to recover from breast reduction surgery?

You need to rest and recuperate for several days after breast reduction. Before your procedure, arrange for household help — including someone to clean and fix your meals and care for your children and pets — and take at least a week or two off from work. You may need to wear a compression bra to control swelling and bruising.

You’ll see Dr. Nikolov within a week after surgery to be sure you’re healing well. You should limit activities for two to four weeks and avoid wearing an underwire bra for several months

Will I have scars after breast reduction surgery?

You’ll have slight scars after breast reduction, which fade with time. If they bother you, talk to Dr. Nikolov about laser treatments or other therapies to improve their appearance.

To schedule a breast-reduction consultation, call us now or request an appointment online.












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