Women pursue breast reduction for a variety of reasons, but typically pain relief is a major factor. Women with large breasts may come in complaining of long-term neck, shoulder and back pain because of their large breasts. Dr. Barker will work with each patient to understand their specific needs and motivation for seeking a breast reduction.
- Personal Consultation
- Breast reduction addresses a variety of concerns women may have with their breasts, whether it is size, shape, skin/nipple position or complaints of pain. Patients will meet with Dr. Barker to discuss the variety of breast reduction techniques in order to achieve their desired outcome.
Breast Reduction Overview and Expectations
- Goals of surgery
- Decrease the size of breast while also improving shape and contour. Overall, the goal of breast reduction is to address the patient’s individual complaints and concerns.
- Anesthesia: General Anesthesia by a highly trained anesthesia provider
- Length: Typically around 2-3 hours
- Post Operative Care
- Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, and covered with sterile surgical dressings. The dressing will remain in place until the first post operative visit (within one week of surgery).
- Patients will be allowed to shower one day after surgery.
- Patients will be placed in a supportive no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first 6 weeks of recovery
- During the operation, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. After the surgery, typically patients will only need over the counter medications (Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen) to assist with pain control
- Typically patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 to 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily and most patients are able to return to work within 1 week after surgery.
- Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2 to 3 months.
- Swelling is expected during the first 2 to 3 months after surgery, and typically resolves by 6 months
- Day 3 to 5: Discomfort Improving
- Day 7-10: First post operative visit, Dressing removal, Wean off Pain Medications, possible return to work
- 3 weeks: Second post operative visit, begin scar therapy if indicated
- 6 weeks: Third post operative visit, begin increasing physical activity
- 6 months: Follow Up
- 1 year: Follow Up