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Breast Reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to reduce breast size for a number of reasons:
Many women with enlarged breasts will experience neck, upper back, and shoulder pain. Other common complaints include deep shoulder marks from bra straps, poor posture, chronic irritation beneath the breasts, difficulty finding bras and clothing that fit properly, and inability to participate in sports activities.
Breast reduction is successful in reducing or eliminating these symptoms in 95% of women. The procedure is accomplished by removing variable amounts of breast tissue and skin, tightening and lifting the breast, and decreasing its size. The areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) is also reduced in size and elevated. Dr. Friedman generally performs liposuction to remove excessive fat along the outer part of the torso adjacent to the breast.
Dr. Friedman performs breast reduction under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed at Dr. Friedman's private surgical facility, the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, located on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. He exclusively uses physicians—not nurses or technicians—to administer your anesthesia. Incisions are placed around the nipple-areola and the lower portion of the breast. There are no incisions on the upper breast. Most of the stitches are internal, and all are absorbable. Although there are scars from surgery, they fade significantly over time.
Temporary drains are usually necessary and are removed during the first postoperative visit. Pain is generally mild to moderate and well-controlled with prescription pain medication. Most patients return to light activities within 3 to 5 days. Heavy lifting and chest work-outs should be avoided for 6 weeks.
When you visit our office, we will be happy to show you what to expect from breast reduction. We will also show you a variety of "before and after" photos of breast reductions performed by Dr. Friedman. If you wish to speak to other women who have undergone the procedure, we will be happy to provide phone numbers.Back To Top
All breast reductions involve lifting the breasts. Although the primary reason for surgery is reduction of back and neck pain, the breasts generally look much better after surgery. In addition, the nipple-areolae are reduced in diameter and moved higher on the breasts, so that they point forward (rather than down).
This is an individual decision. However, Dr. Friedman usually recommends a postoperative size in the C to D range. The idea is to remove enough breast tissue to improve your symptoms and appearance--without removing so much tissue that you feel there’s nothing left.
Every woman scars differently. However, the scars around the nipple-areolae and along the upper portion of the vertical incision are generally fine line and relatively inconspicuous. The lower part of the vertical scar and, if utilized, the incision within the crease under the breast frequently widen to some degree, as these portions of the scars bear the most weight and tension. The scars are clearly a trade-off for the improvements anticipated with surgery. For most women, this trade-off is very worthwhile.
Many women with enlarged breasts are overweight. Dr. Friedman does not require that you lose weight prior to surgery. However, if you do plan to lose weight, you should do so before surgery, rather than afterwards. If you lose a large amount of weight after surgery, you may experience some recurrent sagging of the breasts.
One week before surgery
The evening before surgery
Day of surgery: before you leave home
Day of surgery: at the facility before surgery
Day of surgery: at the facility after surgery
At home after surgery
Instructions for your first postoperative visit (about one week after surgery)
1 Week after surgery: you may resume casual walking but must not engage in vigorous exercise that increases your blood pressure or heart rate. You may resume driving once you are off of your pain medication. Avoid freeways until you are comfortable with city driving.
3 Weeks after surgery: you may resume jogging (with a jog bra) or an elliptical trainer but must avoid vigorous use of your chest or arms.
6 Weeks after surgery: you may gradually resume exercise involving the chest and arms. Only now may you lift more than 5 pounds.
Please sleep on your back (flat or elevated) or part way over (pillow under your shoulder and hip). Do not sleep on your side until about 3 weeks after surgery. Unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Friedman, do not sleep on your stomach until about 8 weeks after surgery.
You have a layer of tissue glue to seal your incision. After this peels off (about 2 weeks after surgery), begin scar massage with Prosil twice daily. Prosil, a liquid silicone gel, is available at our front desk. We also recommend silicone gel sheeting, which you can purchase over the internet. Continue scar massage for about 3 months. You should also massage the outer torso adjacent to the breasts (if liposuction was performed in this area) 15 minutes daily for about a month.
You may begin use of a bra, ideally a sports bra or one that fastens in the front. Do not wear an underwire bra for at least 3 months following surgery unless instructed to do so by Dr. Friedman.
You may begin light showers 48 hours after your drains are removed. You should avoid scrubbing your incisions. Do not immerse your breasts under water in a bathtub for 4 weeks. Avoid immersing your breasts in a pool, lake, or ocean for 6 weeks.
One week after surgery, you may resume use of any medications or supplements that you discontinued prior to surgery. However, for at least 3 weeks, you should avoid Motrin, aspirin, and any other product that may thin your blood.
Do not smoke for at least one month (and preferably much longer) after surgery. Smoking may increase your risk of infection, lung problems following anesthesia, and wound healing problems.
You may tan your breasts whenever you like. However, you should avoid tanning directly over your incisions for at least 6 months. Premature tanning of the incisions may cause them to darken permanently.
You may resume intercourse in a non-weight bearing position (i.e. on your side) about 3 weeks after surgery. You may not bear weight on your chest for at least 6 weeks.
Your breasts may look too high and too "square" right after surgery. They will gradually settle and become more round over the next several months.
Please feel free to ask Dr. Friedman or his staff about any additional questions or concerns.
As an experienced plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery, Dr. Ronald Friedman understands the common desire to look and feel more attractive. Helping hundreds of women every year achieve their cosmetic goals; Dr. Friedman performs breast reduction surgery in Dallas. A breast reduction procedure is designed to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts, bringing relief and cosmetic improvement to her overall appearance. Depending on the woman's anatomy and desired goals, the breasts may be lifted to a more youthful position on the chest wall (breast lift surgery or "mastopexy") and the areolae (pigmented skin around the nipples) may be reduced in size if necessary.
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Dr. Friedman has more than 17 years of experience, has earned multiple awards, and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). He is also the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital and has been repeatedly named a "Best Plastic Surgeon" in D Magazine and a "Texas Super Doctor" by Texas Monthly magazine. Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS), and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He has also made various media appearances, including abcnews.com, the Plano Forum, and the "Dallas Morning News." With an artistic background as a wood and marble sculptor, Dr. Friedman brings a creative touch to his surgeries. This helps him to provide natural-looking results through procedures such as breast reduction.
In addition to breast reduction surgery, Dr. Friedman also performs breast augmentation surgery ("augmentation mammaplasty"). Women who have asymmetric or smaller breasts, and/or a loss of volume may wish to combine breast enhancement and breast lift surgery.
Prospective Plano breast reduction surgery patients may view examples of Dr. Friedman's results in before and after plastic surgery photos. Patient testimonials are also available, which offer further insight to the care provided at the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center. Additional information regarding these procedures can be obtained through educational videos and the Q&As. If you are considering having breast reduction in the Dallas area, please contact us at Dr. Friedman's office and schedule a consultation visit. During your consultation visit, we will be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have about undergoing breast reduction at our Dallas area plastic surgery clinics.
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