Breast Reduction Philadelphia
Women with large breasts who are unhappy with their appearance or have breast related back pain, breathing problems, or poor posture may benefit from breast reduction surgery. This procedure removes fat and glandular tissue from the breast while tightening skin to produce smaller breasts that are more comfortable and in healthier proportion to the rest of the body.
In addition to physical pain and other symptoms, large breasts may also draw unwanted attention that can affect a woman’s self-esteem and make her uncomfortable with her appearance. Breast reduction can help patients regain confidence and enjoy a renewed self-image by creating a more proportional body contour. Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are women with oversized breasts in proportion to the rest of their body which cause medical problems or physical discomfort. Conservative treatment for their pain should have been first attempted prior to surgical intervention. Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding while undergoing this procedure.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Hoffman will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations for surgery. He will evaluate if breast reduction surgery is appropriate for you. We discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure as well as the post operative recovery period. This discussion is important in helping patients achieve the precise results they desire. Each procedure is fully customized for each individual patient. If you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, your insurance company will be contacted to see if they will cover the operation.
Post Op Breast Reductions
- Get plenty of rest
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon
- As soon as it can be comfortably tolerated, you may go from the post surgical compression garment to a No Underwire Bra for 6 months post breast surgery.
- ✔ Dr. Hoffman does NOT recommend wearing a sports bra. Cups with no underwire are strongly suggested for optimal results in contouring the breasts.
These bras can be found at GiGis, Kohls and Soma stores.
- Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications
- Do not drive car for 1-2 weeks after surgery
- No heavy lifting. No lifting anything over 10 lbs
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activities for 4-6 weeks
- You may return to work in 7-14 days (this will vary depending on your type of work)
Wound (Incision) Care:
- If drainage tubes have been placed, you may shower 48 hours after removal
- Keep steri-strips on
- Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection
- Leave dressing on for length of time prescribed by your surgeon.
- Wear your surgical bra 24/7 for4 weeks post op. You will then transition into a wireless (NO WIRE) bra with cups for 6 months post operative
What to Expect and Follow Up Instructions:
- There may be postoperative pain, temporary bruising, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, swelling and discoloration.
- May be some loss of sensation in the nipples
- Scars will fade in several months to a year
- If drainage tubes have been placed they are removed when the 24 hour output is less than 30 ml x 2 days.
- Sutures are removed in 7-14 days
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