Many women suffer from large, pendulous breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of their body. Breast reduction is a solution to this very common problem and may be covered by your medical insurance. With this imbalance in the upper body, these women may have symptoms of back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches, breast pain (especially with exercise) and rashes along the folds of the breasts. These symptoms can significantly impact a woman when exercising or in her daily lifestyle. Dense breast tissue may also make breast cancer surveillance procedures, such as mammograms and ultra sounds, difficult to interpret.Dr. Antimarino has performed more than fifteen hundred breast reductions during his career. He feels the procedure should not only reduce the breast size to treat the symptoms but surgical results should also establish balance for the woman’s body. The resulting breast shape should be more youthful with good projection. Ultimately, the procedure will correct or reduce many of the pre-operative symptoms that have been gradually accumulating over time due to the effects of having large breasts.
How do I prepare for surgery?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino, make sure to discuss your expectations for the procedure. This is the time to discuss your concerns and your goals as he will design a surgical plan specifically for you.
You may want to come in with a list of questions that you want to be answered before the procedure. This will eliminate any confusion and will provide you with the most comfortable experience at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.
The use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other supplements that may increase bruising should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Lastly, you will also want to read through our patient resources, such as our note of privacy policies and surgeon checklist, to better educate yourself about the entire surgical process.
SURGERY: Breast Reduction is an outpatient procedure and is unique to each individual patient. The procedure lasts approximately 3 hours and is done under general anesthesia in an accredited outpatient surgical facility.
What can I expect after surgery?
The patient is discharged with a tight gauze dressing and post op compression bra to be worn for approximately 4-5 days. The patient will have a drain on each side that will be removed at the first post-op visit with Dr. Antimarino. Patients will wear a sports bra for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery. Patients may return to work within a week and a half depending upon their work requirements. Generally, most patients are back to their exercise routine within 3 weeks.
For a more detailed discussion and to answer all your surgical questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino.