While having full and voluptuous breasts is often considered desirable for many women, those with overly large natural breasts may consider them burdensome. The weight of heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, deep grooves in the shoulders, skin irritation, and difficulty with exercise. Breast reduction surgery can reduce cumbersome breasts to a more manageable size and restore a more proportionate appearance to a woman’s bust. Award-winning George Alexander, MD, FACS, FASLM, FAACS, is a triple board-certified Las Vegas plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast reduction procedures that complement each patient’s unique anatomical needs and deliver world-class cosmetic results.
What Breast Reduction Surgery Can Achieve
Having an excessive breast size can decrease a woman’s sense of attractiveness and become a source of embarrassment. Patients who opt for breast reduction surgery usually report feeling more confident about their body and notice a substantial improvement in their overall quality of life.
“I heavily researched 2 surgeons and am so glad I went with Dr. Alexander. His bedside manner is the best I have ever seen and I deal with physicians on a regular basis for work. He addressed my concerns and anxiety I had about the actual surgery. I appreciated how accessible the office was after the surgery when I had questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Alexander to anyone looking for a very personal and professional experience.”
“Dr. Alexander and his staff are incredible. He is one of the most caring and professional surgeons I have ever met - and that is saying something because I work in a hospital. The staff are equally incredible and kind. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. 5 months ago Dr. Alexander performed a breast augmentation surgery and the results are so natural my friends did not even notice I am 3 cups bigger! I have already referred Dr. Alexander to close friends. He is the best in the Valley.”
“Doctor Alexander is a miracle and made my experience exceptional, he really listened to my concerns and answered all my questions regarding the whole procedure. He made my breasts look like sisters again, I would even recommend him to my daughter and anyone looking for a breast augmentation or exchange. He is not your typical plastic surgeon and he really cares about your outcome. He is the best!!”
After being wrapped in the appropriate dressings and briefly observed, patients can go home. Patients should stay home at least one week and be very limited activity-wise. Many patients may drive after the first week. Lifting and housework are not permitted for at least four weeks to allow for optimal healing. Light walking is recommended to promote circulation, but strenuous activities and exercises must be limited for at least four weeks. Dr. Alexander gives patients thorough aftercare instructions that reflect their unique procedure during their first consultation and reviews more in-depth at their pre-op appointment.
Some scarring can be expected after breast reduction surgery. However, Dr. Alexander utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques and is careful to place all incisions in inconspicuous areas so they can be concealed with clothing. Most scars are likely to fade over time.
The best way to determine if breast reduction surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. You may be a candidate for breast reduction if you experience the following:
- Excessively heavy breasts
- Neck, back, or shoulder pain caused by the breast weight
- Limited mobility and difficulty with exercise due to having large breasts
- Chafing or irritation under your breasts
Yes. Because smoking can interfere with healing after an invasive procedure, patients must quit using tobacco products at least six weeks before their scheduled breast reduction and in the weeks following as long as possible. Patients who cannot be smoke-free should not have this procedure.
Breast reduction procedures are normally performed using general anesthesia to minimize complications and provide the most comfortable experience. If appropriate, Dr. Alexander may additionally use a dual anesthetic to improve post-op discomfort.
Breast reduction surgery is designed to deliver permanent results. However, the breasts are still susceptible to certain factors, such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging, which may affect results. Adopting a healthy, active lifestyle and regularly wearing a supportive bra may help preserve results for many years.