Breast Reduction

Although breast augmentations are now one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide, for thousands of women, bigger isn't always better. Women with breasts that are too large or heavy for their body type often experience physical and emotional discomfort that diminishes their quality of life. Overly large breasts can cause neck, back, and/or shoulder pain, prevent you from participating in certain activities, restrict your clothing choices and attract unwanted attention that negatively impacts your self-esteem.

Women who are burdened by large or uncomfortable breasts often look to breast reduction surgery to alleviate these symptoms. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, this procedure can decrease breast size and create a more balanced, proportionate chest. If your breasts cause you discomfort or pain, Dr. Franziska Huettner is the double board-certified plastic surgeon at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC that reduce your breast size to help eliminate your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

What is Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that makes the breasts smaller and lighter by removing excess fat, breast tissue and skin. This procedure is done for cosmetic and medical concerns. For some women, breasts that are too large for their frame or body type can cause discomfort, emotional distress or lifestyle challenges that make certain activities difficult. Breast reduction can alleviate these symptoms while improving the overall appearance of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can also be done to reverse some of the effects of pregnancy, aging or weight loss. If you are unhappy with your breasts because they are disproportionate, cause you discomfort or make you feel self-conscious, you might be a good candidate for a breast reduction surgery regardless of their size. Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC can help you determine if breast reduction is right for you with an initial consultation to review your symptoms and discuss your needs, concerns and goals.

Your Breast Reduction Consultation

Breast reduction surgery begins with a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. At Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, Dr. Huettner will perform a comprehensive evaluation to learn about your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle and goals to become more familiar with your background. She will also examine the size and shape of your breasts to determine if the procedure is right for you and develop a surgical plan tailored to your specific needs. It's important that you feel at ease throughout the entire process, so Dr. Huettner will explain the surgery in a friendly, compassionate way to help you feel comfortable and prepared. She will also describe the recovery process in detail and the kind of results you can expect to ensure you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision and have a positive experience.

If your breasts cause uncomfortable symptoms, your health insurance may cover some or all of the cost of the surgery. You might need to meet certain criteria, establish a treatment history or have the procedure deemed medically necessary before your insurance will cover it, so it's important to do some research before your appointment. Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC and her team can help you navigate the necessary steps to help you get coverage or recommend finance options to ensure you're able to proceed with the procedure and alleviate your symptoms.

Do I Need a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction procedures not only address health concerns caused by large breasts but can also improve aesthetic and emotional concerns. Breast reduction can lessen pain or discomfort, create a more balanced silhouette, improve your quality of life and increase your confidence or self-esteem. One study found that of women who had breast reduction surgery, 81 percent had neck and back pain, 58 percent experienced rashes or chafing, 45 percent reported a limitation in physical activities and 52 percent were not happy with their appearance. Large breasts put excess weight and pressure on the chest, causing a variety of health concerns and uncomfortable symptoms. Some common problems experienced by women with large or disproportionate breasts include:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Loose or sagging skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nerve pain
  • Skin issues such as chafing or rashes
  • Lifestyle limitations
  • Unwanted attention
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty finding clothes that fit properly

Over time, many of these problems can worsen. Large breasts often pull the shoulders forward, causing additional problems such as compressed nerves and shortness of breath. Combined with being unruly during exercise, large breasts can negatively impact a woman's overall health and make it difficult to stay active. Although physical therapy, pain medication and losing weight may help manage some of the symptoms of large breasts, breast reduction surgery is the only way to alleviate them completely.

If this sounds familiar, you might be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC can evaluate your breasts and the symptoms you experience to create a comprehensive procedure plan that addresses your concerns.

About Your Breast Reduction Procedure

When you arrive for your appointment, you'll have the opportunity to ask any remaining questions about the procedure and what to expect afterward. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Huettner will mark your breasts before beginning to guide the incision locations for accurate, precise results. The surgery itself usually lasts between two and four hours, but this varies with each individual patient. Dr. Huettner will make incisions that will allow her to remove excess tissue, fat and skin to reduce the volume of your breasts. This will be done with care and attention to ensure symmetrical, pleasing results and minimize scarring. The procedure will provide elevation and shape of your breasts, proportional to the size and shape of your remaining body.

Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC is an experienced, skilled plastic surgeon that is able to perform breast reductions for a variety of patients with unique goals and needs. Depending on your individualized surgical plan, there are a variety of techniques that can be used to achieve your desired results. Regardless of which method is used, Dr. Huettner can produce beautiful results using refined techniques and a warm, personal approach.

Recovery After a Breast Reduction

Scheduling your surgery at the right time plays an important role in the outcome of the procedure. Ideally, patients should be at their goal weight, in good health and not a current smoker. Women planning to become pregnant in the immediate future may also want to wait, as the natural changes that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact your results. You should expect some downtime after your breast reduction surgery, so it's recommended that you schedule your surgery during a time when you can plan for a recovery period of two to four weeks. It's important not to strain your breasts while they are healing to maintain your results. Most patients can return to normal activities after two weeks, but it may take up to four or six weeks before strenuous activity or exercise can be resumed.

As your breasts heal, you should expect some pain, swelling and bruising. This is a completely normal part of the healing process and should subside over the next few days. Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help ensure a smooth recovery, and you will have a direct line of communication to her should any questions or concerns arise.

We are here to help

If you're tired of the pain and discomfort caused by your breasts and want a change, Dr. Franziska Huettner of Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC can help you achieve the shapely, feminine and pain-free breasts you deserve. As a double board-certified surgeon with the credentials and experience to match, her exclusive patients receive highly personalized care and beautiful, artistic results that can only be achieved with skill and finesse. Contact or call Dr. Huettner today at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC at 212-495-9200 if you're ready to embrace a life free from breast-related discomfort.

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