Houston & Spring Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction Surgery
Women, and occasionally teens, choose breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, to decrease the size of extremely large, heavy breasts. Breast reduction surgery can help improve the appearance of the breasts and alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as increase a woman’s self-confidence and the variety of clothing options available.
About Reduction Surgery
The breast reduction procedure involves the surgical removal of excess breast tissue, fat and skin to decrease the overall size of the breasts and improve their shape. Because chest muscles are not affected by breast reduction surgery, the procedure is relatively minor and does not result in significant pain or discomfort.
Breast reduction incisions are usually located around each areola, vertically down the bottom of the breasts and/or along each breast fold. The size and number of incisions needed depend on the amount of breast tissue, fat, and skin that must be removed during breast reduction surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Cho, you’ll discuss your cosmetic goals to determine whether breast reduction surgery is right for you. He will also talk with you about procedure details and provide notes to your insurance company in the event that you are seeking coverage for all or part of your breast reduction procedure.
Several weeks before surgery, Dr. Cho will give you pre-breast reduction and post-operative instructions to help you prepare. Pre-operative instructions will include some restrictions 1 to 2 weeks prior to surgery, such as avoiding alcohol, tobacco products and certain supplements and medications that can thin the blood.
A thorough examination of your medical history will also be performed, and Dr. Cho will assess your current health condition to ensure breast reduction surgery is safe for you.
The most common techniques in breast reduction involve a keyhole or anchor-shaped incision, which allows Dr. Cho to remove tissue, reduce breast size and create a more youthful breast position.
Patients should have a ride home and a little help for at least the first 24 to 48 hours after breast reduction surgery. Patients are encouraged to begin walking and gently moving around within 24 hours after their breast reduction and to wear loose-fitting clothing and surgical garments as directed.
Follow post-operative instructions, attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Cho and avoid exposing incision sites to the sun so that breast reduction scars do not darken.
Within one week, most patients are back to work and their normal daily routines, however, strenuous physical exercise and sexual activity may need to be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks. At your follow-up appointments, Dr. Cho will assess your healing progress and tell you when which activities may safely be resumed.
The best way to learn about breast reduction is during a consultation with the doctor. Please call Integrated Aesthetics at (281) 404-5454 to set up an appointment with Dr. Cho. Our plastic surgery practice is located just north of downtown Houston. Our office address is 5061 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388.