Enjoy Renewed Comfort and Confidence with Breast Reduction Surgery
Full-figured women are often admired for their curvy physiques, but sometimes disproportionate breasts can lead to pain and dissatisfaction. Women who are concerned with overly large breasts can turn to Dr. Roger J. Oldham for a breast reduction procedure at our Bethesda, MD, practice. Breast reduction surgery is designed to remove excess breast tissue, allowing patients greater comfort, increased ability to participate in physical activity, and a more proportionate appearance. If you are interested in finding out more about breast reduction, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
Determining If Breast Reduction Is Right for You
If the size of your breasts causes pain or a reduction in activity level or exercise, you may benefit from a breast reduction procedure. To determine whether this contouring surgery is right for you, consider the following:
- Does your breast size restrict your ability to enjoy certain social or physical activities?
- Do you have pain in your shoulder, back, or neck due to the size of your breasts?
- Do you experience skin irritation under your breasts?
- Could your clothes fit better along the bust line?
- Is one breast noticeably larger than the other?
During your consultation, Dr. Roger J. Oldham will review your medical history and current concerns. Together, you will create a treatment plan that helps enhance your appearance and lifestyle.
What Factors Affect Candidacy?
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery include women who are in good overall health, but are suffering from painful and negative side effects of large breasts. Overly large breasts can lead to numerous physical and emotional issues, which is why it is important to have a realistic outlook prior to surgery. If you have unrealistic expectations or are unable to clearly communicate what you hope to achieve, Dr. Oldham may recommend that you delay your procedure.
Other factors, such as poor skin elasticity, immune system disorders, and certain pre-existing or current medical conditions can prevent you from qualifying for this procedure. Patients should also not smoke, as this hinders healing and recovery.
How to Prepare for Surgery
Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, Dr. Oldham will perform a series of tests, including a baseline mammogram, so that he can carefully monitor your breast tissue throughout your recovery. These tests will also help identify any issues, such as lumps or tumors, that would need to be immediately addressed.
During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Oldham will explain the surgical technique being used and address any concerns you may have about the procedure.
During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Oldham will explain the surgical technique being used, address any concerns you may have about the procedure, and provide you with a list of surgical preparatory instructions to follow. The instructions will include:
- Adjusting your medications and supplements as needed
- Avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- What to eat or drink before surgery
- What to wear to the procedure
- Arranging for a friend or family member to take you to and from surgery and stay with you during the first 24 hours
A Customized Surgical Procedure
Your breast reduction surgery will be tailored to meet you body type and aesthetic goals. On the day of your procedure, you will first be made comfortable with a combination of sedation and anesthesia. Choosing your incision type is very important to ensure a satisfying surgical outcome. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Oldham will review your incision options and help you decide which type is best for your particular case. Incision options include:
- Around the areola: This option is best for breast reduction patients who require a limited amount of tissue excised during the procedure.
- Keyhole incision: After encircling the areola, this incision also extends vertically to the fold of the breast.
- Anchor-shaped incision: Similar to a keyhole incision, this incision follows the perimeter of the areola and runs to the bottom of the breast crease. It also includes a horizontal incision along the breast crease.
Dr. Oldham will then excise excess fat, skin, and tissue to achieve proportions that complement your body type. The remaining breast tissue will be sculpted into a pleasing, symmetrical shape, and the incisions will be carefully closed to minimize visible scarring. With his adept surgical skill and eye for detail, Dr. Oldham can provide you with truly stunning results.
What Can I Expect after Breast Reduction?
Thousands of breast reduction patients have experienced the surgery's health and cosmetic benefits. After you have fully recovered, the advantages become more apparent. Breast reduction surgery can help you:
- Achieve a taller, healthier posture
- Exercise without pain
- Eliminate ongoing physical discomfort, such as neck and back pain
- Smooth irritated skin under the breast
- Have the confidence to wear certain clothes
- Improve your body image
Are Their Any Risks Involved?
Having your procedure performed by Dr. Roger J. Oldham, a board certified and experienced surgeon, will significantly lower your risk for complications. As with any surgery, however, there are risks involved. These risks can include:
- Negative response to anesthesia
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Excess swelling, bleeding, or formation of blood clots
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Skin discoloration or tissue damage
- Cardiac complications
- Difficulty breast feeding
- Reoccurring pain
Cost of Breast Reduction
There are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of breast reduction, such as the type of technique selected, the complexity of the procedure, and if any additional procedures are being completed at the same time, such as liposuction. Other factors can include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Facility fees
- Compression garments
Breast reduction is generally not covered by insurance unless overly large breasts have been identified as the source of a medical condition. If your procedure is not covered, or only a portion of it is covered, our practice offers both CareCredit® and MedicalFinancing™ to help manage costs.