A breast reduction is a solution to a very common problem and may be covered by your medical insurance. Many women suffer from large, pendulous breasts that are disproportioned to the rest of their body. With this lack of balance in the general torso area, they 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 exercising and lifestyle. Dense breast tissue may also make breast cancer surveillance procedures, such as mammograms and ultrasounds, difficult to interpret. Dr. Antimarino has performed more than a thousand breast reductions during the course of his career. He feels the procedure should not only reduce the breast size to treat the symptoms but surgical results should be in a comfortable balance with the woman’s body habitus. The resulting breast shape should be more youthful with good projection. Ultimately, the procedure will aid in many ailments that have been gradually accumulating over time due to supporting large breasts.
SURGERY: This out-patient procedure is well tolerated and common amongst many women. It is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure can last around 2-3 hours.
AFTER SURGERY: The downtime is one to two weeks. A patient may return to work in one to two weeks. Generally, most patients return to a normal exercise routine after three weeks of downtime. The goal is for patients to take advantage of the downtime for appropriate recovery so they can get back into their normal routines as quickly as possible without discomfort.
To answer all of your surgical questions and for detailed discussions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino. This will provide the information you need for any pending questions you may have.