Oversized, pendulous breasts can be physically and emotionally taxing. Not only do they put a strain on the neck, back and shoulders, they can make fitting into clothing difficult and participation in exercise or activities uncomfortable. Dr. Douglas Grace is a talented breast reduction surgeon who can alleviate the burden of large breasts and improve a woman’s quality of life.
What Breast Reduction Accomplishes
Breast reduction reduces the pain of large, heavy breasts. By removing excess breast tissue and fat, Dr. Grace brings a woman’s breasts into better proportion with the rest of her body and gives the breasts a more pleasing shape. This can alleviate the physical symptoms (e.g., aches, pain, skin irritation) caused by heavy breasts, and restore a woman’s confidence and comfort with her body. It is usually easier for a Burlington breast reduction patient to exercise and participate in physical activities after surgery because their breasts are smaller and lighter. It may also be easier to fit into certain pieces of clothing with smaller breasts.
Breast reduction can also be performed to make asymmetrical breasts more even in size and shape.
Dr. Grace will select an incision pattern based on the size of your breasts, the degree to which they sag and the location of the nipple and areola. Typically, the incisions follow one of the following shapes:
- Anchor: around the perimeter of the areola, extending vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.
- Keyhole: around the border of the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
Through the incision, Dr. Grace will remove excess breast skin and fat. If the breasts are asymmetrical, he may remove a larger amount of tissue from one breast than the other. With the remaining skin and fat, Dr. Grace will reshape the breast mound higher on the chest for a more youthful-looking result. He may also relocate the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound. Finally, he closes the incisions with sutures and places a surgical bra around the breasts.
Recovering from Breast Reduction
Breast reduction patients typically have swelling, bruising and soreness after surgery. Changes in nipple sensation are also common. These side effects will subside with time. Dr. Grace can prescribe oral pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. He will also provide detailed aftercare instructions for the patient to follow.
For the first few days of recovery, breast reduction patients should get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activities, including bending and lifting. Dr. Grace will schedule several follow-up visits to check the patient’s healing progress and advise when it is safe to return to work, school and other daily activities.
Every breast reduction patient recovers at a different pace. Women need to listen to their bodies and not push themselves to return to their normal routines prematurely. Moving too fast, too soon could increase the risk of post-operative complications.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about breast reduction surgery in Burlington, please contact Dr. Grace by calling (905) 336-9636 or sending him an email. He would be happy to explain the details of the procedure during an informative consultation.