If you are like the thousands of other women considering a breast reduction, you may feel that the size of your breasts stops you from enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle. Common problems with overly large breasts include:
- Persistent neck and back pain.
- Skin irritation and shoulder pain from bra straps.
- Rashes under or between your breasts.
- Problems with posture.
- Awkwardness and pain during athletic activities.
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit.
Fortunately, a breast reduction can help alleviate these problems and give you the freedom to pursue an active healthy lifestyle.
What Will a Breast Reduction Change?
A breast reduction will change the size and shape of your breasts to better fit your height and weight. You will be able to fit into clothing better and most importantly, a breast reduction will improve your self-confidence and remove physical limitations.
Who Can Perform My Breast Reduction?
Many Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients decide on a breast reduction by researching doctors in the area, but there is more to excellent care than beautiful before and after photos. Here are qualifications that your breast reduction surgeon should have:
- Specialized training in breast and breast reconstructive surgery.
- Board certification and membership in widely recognized associations.
- Personalized care that gives you results that you love.
Dr. Jespersen is a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialized training in breast and reconstructive surgery. Her training has equipped her to provide expert care to her Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients, and her personable care makes patients feel comfortable and cared for through all stages of the procedure.
What Will Happen During the Procedure?
To tailor her care to your needs, Dr. Jespersen first spends time understanding your specific situation. During your consultation Dr. Jespersen will:
- Examine you and listen to your concerns.
- Review all aspects of the procedure and explain what will happen in detail.
- Answer any questions and concerns that you have about surgery.
Dr. Jespersen provides Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients with expert surgical techniques and the compassion of a caring professional. She will ensure your physical health and safety during the procedure by reviewing your medical and psychological history and carefully planning any procedure with this information in mind.
During Your Breast Reduction
After determining that you are a healthy candidate for breast reduction surgery, Dr. Jespersen will schedule the procedure at a time that is convenient for you. On the day of your surgery, Dr. Jespersen will:
- Work with the anesthesiologist to make sure you are comfortable.
- Remove tissue and skin to shape a smaller, more proportional breast.
- Reposition the areola and nipple to its original position.
- Use sutures to shape the reduced breast, restoring roundness and projection to breasts that are frequently flattened and elongated..
Liposuction may be used to reduce the amount of fatty tissue in the breast and on the lateral chest under the arms to add final contour to the result. You and Dr. Jespersen will choose which approach is best to achieve the aesthetic results you want.
Although breast reduction surgery is a well-established procedure, complications do occur in rare cases. Possible complications include damage to the nipple, bleeding or infection, and difficulty breast feeding in the future. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Jespersen will examine and review your medical history to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure as well as ensuring you understand and are comfortable with the risks.
Women with larger breasts (measuring over 40 cm from the base of the neck to the nipple) are at higher risk for nipple damage during the procedure, but there are ways to mitigate that risk. In addition, your overall health and the presence of medical conditions may also increase your risk for complications. To lower your risk of problems, share your entire medical history with Dr. Jespersen.
How Long Will It Take Me to Recover?
Although breast reduction is a 2-3 hour procedure, the recovery will likely take no more than a few weeks. The general timeline for recovery is:
- First 72 hours: Breast pain and discomfort. A soft surgical bra after surgery will support your new breasts and reduce swelling.
- 1-2 weeks: Some remaining discomfort, less swelling and bruising. Keep surgical bra on 24 hours per day for best results and the most comfort.
- 3-4 weeks: You will be able to do all or most normal activities. Occasionally strenuous activities will cause pain or discomfort, but it should be disappearing rapidly.
Remember that healing is unique to your body, and it may take more or less time to recover. Dr. Jespersen will have several follow-up exams to ensure proper healing and to support you through the process. If you notice any problems, notify her office immediately.
To schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery, call our office in the Fairfax and Northern Virginia area at (703) 992-7969 or fill out the contact form on the side.