Our Understanding, Compassionate Surgeon
Dr. Raj understands the struggles that women with heavy, oversized breasts face. He has worked with many women whose self-esteem has hit rock bottom and who feel trapped in their own bodies because of their breasts. Dr. Raj has endless compassion for the chronic pain and discomfort these women experience. Through breast reduction, Dr. Raj can help women in this predicament enjoy a better quality of life. A talented and experienced plastic surgeon, he has the skills needed to bring the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body. With smaller, lighter breasts, patients are happy to learn that their life transforms.
A More Comfortable Life with Breast Reduction
The benefits of breast reduction can be life-changing. After breast reduction, chronic pain substantially decreases and the breasts no longer cause skin chafing, shoulder grooves or posture problems. Clothing fits better and wardrobe options expand. Exercise requires less effort and physical activities are more enjoyable. You will probably find yourself leading a more active and exciting lifestyle because breast reduction broadens your opportunities.
Psychologically, breast reduction leads to improvement in self-esteem and confidence. You will feel much better about your appearance and your body shape. You might be pleased to find that you no longer attract unwanted sexual attention or advances because of noticeably large breasts.
More about the Procedure
Breast reduction is designed to improve the breasts by doing the following:
Remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin. Excess fat may be removed through liposuction techniques, and tissue is surgically excised. The amount of fat and tissue removed varies by the size of the breasts. Extra sagging, lax skin is eliminated.
Reshape the breast mound. The remaining breast tissue is lifted and shaped to modify the breast mound. The goal is to bring the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body.
Modify the nipples and areolas. If your areolas are oversized or stretched-out, they can be reduced in size by excising skin at the perimeter. Downward-pointing nipples are corrected. The nipple and areola can be relocated to a higher position on the breast mound, if needed.
Breast reduction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed through incisions made on the breast, typically around the areola and within the crease of the breast. Dr. Raj will make the incisions carefully and thoughtfully, and scarring along the incision line will fade over time (although it may never completely disappear). After making the necessary modifications, the newly lifted and reshaped breast tissue may be fixed into place with internal sutures.
Breast Reduction with Lift
Breast reduction can be combined with breast lift techniques to restore sagging breasts higher on the chest wall. You may be a good candidate for breast lift if you have poor skin elasticity that will not contract to fit well over the smaller breast following breast reduction surgery. Dr. Raj will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for the breast reduction and lift option following a personal evaluation.
During the lift portion of the procedure, Dr. Raj will remove excess skin and tighten the remaining skin over the underlying tissues.
Dr. Raj will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions during your initial consultation. The doctor will meet with you regularly for follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress. Dr. Raj and his team will also be available and in touch with you regularly to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The initial recovery period for breast reduction generally takes one to two weeks. Some post-operative discomfort (e.g., soreness, swelling and bruising) is normal and temporary. Our team can prescribe oral medication to manage the pain. You will need to avoid most normal activities during this time, including work, school, bending over and lifting heavy objects. While short, leisurely walks are recommended to encourage good circulation, vigorous exercise should be avoided until Dr. Raj clears you. In addition, you will need to wear a supportive bra 24 hours a day for a month or longer depending on your healing progress.
While your breasts will be noticeably smaller immediately after breast reduction surgery, it make take several months for your breasts to stabilize and the final results to become visible. As your breasts heal, you will notice some scarring around the treatment area. With proper care, your scars should fade over time until they are gone or barely noticeable.
Will My Health Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?
Your insurance may cover your breast reduction if the procedure is deemed medically necessary. Breast reduction is deemed medically necessary if the patient experiences chronic back pain, neck pain and other health-related problems due to overly large breasts. Dr. Raj and his team can assist you in verifying your insurance coverage and filing the necessary claims.
Breast Reduction Risks and Side Effects
Breast reduction is a safe and highly successful procedure. But as with all surgical procedures, breast reduction does come with inherent risks and side effects. Possible risks include unfavorable scarring, infection, blood clots, poor wound healing and breast asymmetry.
Patients should understand that the risk of complications and side effects drastically decreases when the procedure is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Thanks to his expertise, Dr. Raj has a high safety record and low complication rate. Nevertheless, he meets with each patient beforehand to discuss all of the possible risks and complications of the procedure. He will also go over preoperative instructions for patients to follow and maximize the possibility of a successful outcome.
Experience Relief from Pain and Embarrassment
If you have spent years worrying about the size of your breasts, it’s time to take control and make a change. To learn more about how Dr. Raj can improve your breast size, confidence and quality of life through breast reduction, please schedule a consultation at our practice. Call (440) 808-8030 today to make an appointment.