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Breast Reduction for a Sleeker Frame

A woman measuring her chest Women who have pain or health complications due to the weight of their breasts, or who are displeased with their appearance due to overly large breasts, may be good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Our experienced Lafayette plastic surgeon, Dr. Louis Mes, can remove unwanted skin, fat, and tissue to create a more proportionate shape. To learn more about breast reduction surgery or schedule an initial consultation, contact our office today.

Benefits of Breast Reduction

Heavy breasts can cause medical issues and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. With breast reduction, you can enjoy:

· Increased ability to exercise without discomfort, allowing you to have a healthier, more active lifestyle

  • Reduced back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • A more youthful, perky bust line
  • Diminished skin irritation from chafing
  • A more proportional chest
  • Diminished pain from overburdened bra straps
  • The ability to wear a greater variety of clothes
  • More comfortable and restful sleep

The Procedure

To qualify for breast reduction surgery, you must be in good overall health, avoid taking NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) medications for several weeks, and stop smoking for at least three weeks prior to the procedure.

On the day of your surgery, our surgical team will clean and prepare your chest for surgery, then administer local anesthesia and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, according to your needs and preferences. Next, Dr. Mes will make a circular incision around your areola, which may run down to your breast fold and across it, depending on how much tissue needs to be removed. Through this incision, he will remove excess tissue and fat, contour the breast's shape, trim additional skin, and insert a drain, if needed. Dr. Mes will then suture and dress your incisions.

Recovery

Since you will be under anesthesia, a friend or family member will need to drive you home after surgery. We will provide prescriptions for antibiotics and painkillers to ensure you heal properly and are as comfortable as possible. In addition, you should wear your surgical bra at all times until Dr. Mes provides you with further instructions.

Any discomfort, swelling, and bruising should fade after a few weeks. Dr. Mes will see you for a post-operative appointment to assess your healing and remove your drain or sutures about a week after your surgery. Most patients go back to work within a week, can resume mild activity in approximately two weeks, and start more vigorous exercise by about six weeks after breast reduction.

Risks of Breast Reduction

The risks of breast reduction surgery include:

  • Hematoma
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Unattractive scarring from incisions
  • Discoloration
  • Muscle, blood vessel, or nerve damage
  • Infection or bruising at the surgical site
  • Temporary or long-term changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Fat necrosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Chronic pain in the chest
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia used during surgery
  • Allergic reaction to sutures, glues, tapes, or injections used to aid the surgical procedure
  • Excessively firm breast tissue
  • Difficulty breastfeeding

Contact Us about Breast Reduction Surgery

Contact our office today

to learn more about breast reduction or schedule a consultation with Dr. Mes.