Breast Reduction

Emotionally, overly large breasts can cause women to feel self-conscious; patients often complain about not feeling comfortable in their own skin.
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Women in need of a breast reduction in Austin, are tired of living with overlarge, heavy breasts and want to reduce breast size.

Since most women develop their large breasts in puberty – a time that is already fraught with intense emotions – having overly-large, heavy breasts can be particularly devastating, affecting self-confidence for years. In fact, an excess of breast tissue is both an aesthetic and a physical burden. 

Carrying the weight of heavy breasts can cause back, neck and shoulder pain. Many women develop rashes beneath the breasts and deep grooves on the shoulders created by bra straps. Overlarge breasts can inhibit their ability to exercise and wear the clothing styles they want.
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What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue and skin to reshape and resize the breasts, move the nipple location to a more youthful position on the front of the breast, and create lovely, rounded breasts that are in proportion with your body. It is a complex surgical procedure that requires exceptional skill and an eye for balance and natural beauty. You can trust Austin plastic surgeon Dr. Whitfield, to be meticulous in technique, and to work closely with you to achieve results that exceed your expectations.

How is breast reduction surgery performed?

Dr. Robert Whitfield is a leader in the field of breast surgery. He has performed numerous breast reduction surgeries, many of which deemed “medically necessary,” with at least some portion of the procedure covered by health insurance. These are cases in which the patient struggles with specific painful conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Skin infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shoulder pain
  • Difficulty exercising
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What is my first step in breast reduction surgery?

During a private consultation, Dr. Whitfield will examine your breast tissue, evaluate skin laxity, measure the position of your nipple in relation to the inframammary fold (beneath the breast), and discuss your vision for smaller breasts. His goal is to determine the best method for achieving your ideal breast size – one that balanced and in proportion with your figure.

Your unique anatomy will determine the appropriate incision placement. The appropriate incision will be chosen based upon degree of skin laxity and the quantity of excess breast volume that needs to be reduced. The incision placement options for a breast reduction are the same as a breast lift:

  • Periareolar, or around the nipple
  • Lollipop, around the nipple and vertically on the lower portion of the breast
  • Anchor, around the nipple, vertically down the lower breast and in the breast fold

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure. Imagine being free of the weight of heavy breasts – the increase in your quality of life, comfort, and confidence can be out the roof. After a breast reduction, patients are able to return to all forms of exercise without pain. They can wear low-cut tops and skimpy bathing suits with total confidence. Many women who have always had a hunched-over posture to try to hide large breasts now stand tall, exuding confidence and self-assurance. Both emotionally and physically, a breast reduction is a transformational surgery.

Recovery from breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. Recovery is going to vary by patient, but you can expect to be sore and have swelling for the first two to six weeks. In general, Dr. Whitfield will want you to use your arms normally, but avoid any vigorous exercise programs, a precaution to avoid increased swelling and the risk of damaging the incisions, leading to bleeding. He will advise you to wear a surgical or sports bra to keep your new breasts secure during healing – no underwire bras can be worn until given the okay by Dr. Whitfield. While it may take from six to twelve months to achieve final results, most patients will notice a remarkable change at six weeks after surgery. Your scars, however, may take up to a year to fully mature, so you will need to be patient.

While scars are part of breast reduction surgery, incisions on the breast heal exceptionally well. To achieve the best results, we can provide various very effective scar treatment options to help reduce any significant scarring on the breasts. Scar therapy with Embrace is FDA-approved and is utilized by Dr. Whitfield after breast surgery to reduce the appearance of scars. In any case, the incision lines will fade, and are hidden within even the most revealing clothing.


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