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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery removes excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue, resulting in smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts that are better shaped in proportion to the rest of the body. Many women feel pain in their backs, necks, and shoulders due to the size and weight of their breasts, so a reduction is not always a cosmetic procedure and is, in some cases, covered by insurance. If you are considering a reduction, you most likely desire a better balance in your bodily dimensions, but wish to maintain your natural, feminine shape. No matter what your reasons are for considering a breast reduction, Poughkeepsie board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Lawrence Enisman and Dr. Ed Sepulveda will give you the attention you deserve so you can get the results you want.

Good Candidates for Breast Reduction in Poughkeepsie, NY

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • breasts are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • one breast is noticeably larger than the other
  • back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • skin irritation beneath your breasts
  • indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
  • restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the size of your breasts

At your private consultation with one of the surgeons at our Poughkeepsie, NY plastic surgery office, he will examine your breasts and describe all the available options for treatment. Cosmetic surgery procedures such as a Breast Reduction require general anesthesia, which we will discuss with you at your consultation, along with information about the procedure, and any risks and potential complications, so that you’re fully informed when you schedule your procedure. During your consultation, we will also discuss with you other procedures, like a breast lift, to help you achieve the look you desire.

As with all surgeries performed on the breast, it is best to delay the surgery until after you have had children. The changes in your body during and after pregnancy and nursing will most likely spoil the results of your surgery. Because most women have a problem breastfeeding after a breast reduction, we should be made aware of your personal goals as they relate to any desires to breastfeed future children.

How Breast Reduction Surgery is Performed in Poughkeepsie, NY

The Plastic Surgeons of the Hudson Valley group perform surgeries, including breast lift procedures, at St. Francis Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and the ambulatory surgical centers at the Atrium at St. Francis and Westage in Fishkill. Cosmetic surgery performed in these facilities provides the privacy and personal attention that you both want and need. All centers are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and materials, allowing our surgeons and their team of experts to
provide the safest care for their patients and to achieve excellent surgical results.

Predetermined incisions are made on the breast in the shape of an inverted T, which involves incisions around the areola down to the crease and under the breast. Excess skin, fat, and glandular tissues are removed and the nipple is then elevated to its new position on the breast mound. The remaining tissues are closed with tiny absorbable sutures. Some liposuction of adjacent areas may be performed at the same time to improve the shape of the breast. Women often combine breast reduction with liposuction and breast lift for perky, firm breasts.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

Your breasts will be swollen after your reduction, but you will see a difference in the size of your breasts immediately after surgery. To help maintain a desirable shape and to aid in the healing process, we will provide you with a supportive bra to be worn twenty-four hours a day for up to six weeks.

Most patients respond well and start to resume some daily activity in as little as one week, but it is important that you listen to your body during your recovery. In that time, you might experience sensation loss in the nipple and areola, but this is a normal response to swelling and should subside as you continue to heal. The loss of sensation is permanent in some women.

During your postoperative appointments, we will give you specific instructions including limitations placed on your activity levels and measures you can take to promote healing in your body. You should see your final results about two months after surgery.

Our breast reduction patients in Poughkeepsie are extremely satisfied with their results. If you would like to learn more about breast reduction or other cosmetic surgery procedures, please call Plastic Surgeons of the Hudson Valley at 845-471-0800 to schedule your initial consultation.

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