Reduction mammoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that helps alleviate the discomfort of large breast size. A plastic surgeon removes tissue from both breasts, thereby reducing excessive breast weight and creating a more proportional body shape.
Dr. Ellen has performed many breast reduction procedures for women in the Detroit area. In fact, this procedure is one of the most common services performed at our Birmingham plastic surgery practice.
Before and after breast reduction performed by Dr. Ellen in the Detroit area.
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Surgery to Reduce Breast Size
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if you:
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ellen is trained to help you determine if breast reduction is the right choice. During a consultation at our Birmingham office, you can discuss your concerns about breast reduction. After a pre-op exam, Dr. Ellen can tell you if breast reduction can make a positive impact.
Common Breast Reduction Questions
Before your appointment, we recommend that you read the following questions and answers about breast reduction. If you have more specific questions for Dr. Ellen, you can send them to our friendly staff by email.
How does breast reduction work?
The surgery involves removal of breast tissue (fat, skin and glandular tissue), which Dr. Ellen can accomplish using liposuction or excision techniques. A general anesthetic is typically used for breast reduction, so you'll be asleep during the procedure. Surgical techniques vary, but ofteninvolve an anchor or inverted T shaped incision.
How much time is needed for surgery? How long is recovery?
A breast reduction usually requires 2-4 hours to complete. Recovery time is about 2 weeks, and you'll need to wear a special surgical bra. You will experience some aching, swelling and bruising, but Dr. Ellen can prescribe pain medications to help manage the discomfort.
Can a breast reduction lift the breast?
Yes, the technique used in breast reduction is very similar to mastopexy, i.e. the breast lift. During surgery, the doctor can elevate the nipple and areola for a more youthful breast appearance.
Will there be scars?
There will be permanent scars after your breast reduction, but they do fade and flatten out significantly over time. You may also experience changes in sensation affecting your breast skin and nipples, which should subside as the swelling goes down during recovery.
Are you ready to discuss breast reduction with a board certified Detroit-area plastic surgeon? Dr. Ellen Janetzke is a plastic surgeon practicing in Birmingham, which is just 25 miles north of Detroit and 6 miles north of Royal Oak, Michigan. Contact our office by phone at 248.258.5100 or send us an email using the online contact form.