Breast reduction mammoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that helps alleviate the discomfort of large breast size. A plastic surgeon removes tissue from both breasts, thereby reducing excessive breast weight and creating a more proportional body shape.
Dr. Ellen has performed many breast reduction procedures for women in Michigan. In fact, this procedure is one of the most common services performed at our Bloomfield Hills, MI plastic surgery practice.
Am I A Candidate For Breast Reduction Surgery
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you:
- Are self-conscious about your large breast size
- Experience pain, discomfort or skin irritation caused by your breasts
- Would like to have smaller more youthful looking breasts
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ellen is trained to help you determine if breast reduction surgery is the right choice for you. During a consultation at our Bloomfield Hills, MI office, you can discuss your concerns about the breast reduction procedure. After a pre-op exam, Dr. Ellen can tell you if breast reduction will have a positive impact for you.
Common Breast Reduction Surgery Questions
Before your appointment, we recommend that you read the following questions and answers about breast reduction surgery. If you have more specific questions for Dr. Ellen, you can send them to our friendly staff by email or calling us at 248-220-6760.
How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Work In Birmingham, MI?
The surgery involves removal of breast tissue (fat, skin and glandular tissue), which Dr. Ellen can accomplish using liposuction or excision techniques. A general anesthetic is typically used for breast reduction, so you’ll be asleep during the procedure. Surgical techniques vary, but often involve an anchor or inverted T shaped incision.
How Much Time Is Needed For A Breast Reduction Surgery? How Long Is Recovery?
A breast reduction surgery usually requires 2-4 hours to complete. Recovery time is about 2 weeks, and you’ll need to wear a special surgical bra. You will experience some aching, swelling and bruising, but Dr. Ellen can prescribe pain medications to help manage the discomfort.
Can A Breast Reduction Lift The Breast?
Yes, the technique used in breast reduction is very similar to mastopexy, i.e. the breast lift. During surgery in Birmingham, MI, the doctor can elevate the nipple and areola for a more youthful breast appearance.
Will There Be Scars?
There will be permanent scars after your breast reduction, but they do fade and flatten out significantly over time. You may also experience changes in sensation affecting your breast skin and nipples, which should subside as the swelling goes down during recovery.
For optimal healing, keep your surgical incisions clean and dry. Dr. Ellen may place bandages on top of your incision line, or you may have internal sutures and skin adhesive on top of the skin to connect your incision edges. Regardless of your suture method, Dr. Ellen will give you specific care instructions at your pre-op appointment as well as send them home with you post-surgery.
How Long Will Breast Reduction Results Last?
You will be able to enjoy your results for the long run unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight. The only other situation that may affect your results would be if you were to become pregnant. However, the effects of aging will eventually cause the tissue of your breasts to become lax and sag over time. For your safety, as well as the most gorgeous and healthy outcome, it’s imperative to have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Ellen for an evaluation at prescribed times and if you ever notice any issues.
Contact Dr. Ellen For A Breast Reduction Consultation
If you believe you are a good candidate for breast reduction schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen. Dr. Ellen Janetzke is a plastic surgeon practicing in Bloomfield Hills, MI which is just 10 miles East of West Bloomfield and 6 miles north of Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Ellen’s patients come from all over South Eastern Michigan, most of whom come from Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Farmington Hills. Contact our office by phone at 248-220-6760 or send us an email using the online contact form.