The cost of a breast reduction starts at $12,000.
It takes 2-3 weeks to recover from the procedure.
It takes 2-3 hours to perform a breast reduction.
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure used to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. A cosmetic breast reduction procedure improved the aesthetic balance and proportion of your figure. The procedure makes the breasts proportionate and alleviates the pain and discomfort caused by large, heavy breasts.
A breast reduction is suited for people who experience physical and emotional distress due to the size of their breasts. Physical issues include back and shoulder pain. If you’re in good overall health and ready for a life with proportionate breasts, this procedure may be right for you.
Many women with disproportionately large breasts are candidates for breast reduction surgery. Ideal candidates for a breast reduction:
If you aren’t a good candidate for a breast reduction, review the nonsurgical treatments available at SpaMedica.
Smaller and Shapelier Breasts
Breast reduction surgery results in smaller and shapelier breasts. This makes it easier for women to confidently purchase and wear form-fitting clothes.
Overly large breasts make it difficult to move. Many women avoid physical activities because the size of their breasts holds them back. After undergoing breast reduction surgery, women feel lighter and more agile.
Less Strain on the Body
Aches and pains are common for women who have large breasts. These aches and pains typically go away following breast reduction surgery. The breasts no longer put stress on the body, so women feel so much better.
Women are amazed by how much better they feel about themselves following a breast reduction surgery. They have a newfound positive self-image, and it shows every time they go out.
Like every procedure, breast reduction surgery comes with a small chance of potential complications. The best thing patients can do to minimize the likelihood of complications is to select a trusted surgeon. The team at SpaMedica has years of experience performing breast reductions and have not seen the risks associated with the procedure:
Hematomas and Infections
Hematomas (small blood collections under the skin of the surgery site) and infections are possible with all surgical procedures. Patients with these complications will be treated by Dr. Bray and the SpaMedica team.
While rare, some patients experience anesthesia complications. Dr. Bray will review your medical history to ensure you are a good fit for anesthesia. He and the team at SpaMedica will also monitor you during and after the procedure.
Breast asymmetry is possible after a breast reduction. Often, the breasts look asymmetrical immediately following the procedure, but the asymmetry goes away once the swelling dissipates. However, in some cases, this is a permanent result.
Loss of Nipple Sensation
Patients can lose nipple sensation after undergoing breast reduction surgery. This is often temporary, but some patients permanently lose sensation.
Dr. Bray has provided cosmetic breast reduction surgery to patients for more than two decades. Dr. Bray came to SpaMedica after 18 years of reconstructive breast and body expertise at the Toronto General Hospital, Western Division. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Bray has come to SpaMedica to devote all of his time to an aesthetic body contouring practice and understands the importance of customizing surgeries to meet the specific needs of patients, and communicating expectations.
BreastTite and Bodytite liposuction can be minimally invasive options to traditional cosmetic breast reduction surgery.
Before beginning surgery, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell will work with the patient to plan their reduction. The reduction is then marked out carefully. The cosmetic breast reduction patient is put under anesthesia, via general or IV sedation. Once the patient is sedated, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell will make the incisions. The lollipop incision is the most common type, as it minimizes scarring. The surgeon makes an incision around the areola and then makes a vertical incision down to the bottom of the breast. However, those with very large breasts may require an anchor-shaped incision at the top and bottom of the breast.
Next, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell repositions the nipple. The nipple is still attached to the nerve and blood supply during this process. However, if the breasts are extremely large, the cosmetic surgeon might need to remove the nipple and transplant it to its new position. This is called a free nipple graft.
Once the nipple is in position, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bray might need to reduce the areola by removing skin around the perimeter. Then, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue and lifts and shapes the breast. Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures.
Patients must prepare before getting a breast reduction surgery. Dr. Bray provides patients with specific instructions. General preparations include:
Patients experience a moderate level of pain following a breast reduction. The pain dissipates within approximately one week. At this time, women notice the results of the procedure. Their breasts are smaller, firmer, and in an ideal position.
Day 1: Patients are sent home with a support bra and light dressings. The sports bra needs to be worn for 2-3 weeks following the recovery procedure.
Weeks 1-2: Patients experience some discomfort following the procedure. They can take oral medication to minimize the discomfort. While it’s important to walk following the procedure, they cannot resume most light activities for 7-10 days.
Weeks 2-3: Patients go back to SpaMedica to have the sutures removed. Patients can typically resume normal activities after the follow-up visit.
Patients need to eat a healthy diet following the procedure. This helps them maintain the results.
Women can expect a moderate level of pain following the procedure. The pain is controlled with oral medication.
Scarring is normal after a breast reduction procedure. However, scarring can be minimized in most cases, with complementary SpaMedica post-op laser and scar treatments.
Dr. Bray repositions the nipple during the breast reduction procedure. The nipple is moved into a higher position. While the nipple usually remains attached to the blood supply, the surgeon has to remove and transplant the nipple when the breasts are extremely large.
The size following a reduction depends on breast composition, size, and patient goals. Dr. Bray will consult with you to determine the desired outcome. Cup sizes vary from one manufacturer to the next, so instead of focusing on cup sizes, plastic surgeons consider skin measurements when providing the expected outcome.
The surgery is permanent. However, if you gain weight, your breasts will get bigger. They will not get back to their original size, though.
It is possible to lose nipple sensitivity following breast reduction surgery. While this is often temporary, it is permanent in some cases.