A breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that generally takes between three to four hours, and includes:
Two other surgeries may be combined with a breast reduction:
While the scars from the breast reduction procedure will be visible for the first year after your breast reduction surgery, they will fade over time. Dr. Khalifeh places the incisions where they will be invisible when wearing a bra, swimsuit, or low-cut garments
The surgical technique employed in your custom breast reduction will reflect your current breast size, shape, and degree of skin laxity. The most commonly employed technique is an inferior pedicle technique that is time-tested and results in very pleasing breast shape. The incisions involved result in a circular scar around the nipple, a vertically oriented scar in the middle of the breast, and a horizontal scar in the breast fold.
In less extensive reductions, Dr. Khalifeh may use a vertical pattern reduction with or without a superior pedicle. This method can limit the number of scars and produce a beautiful result.
Some of the symptoms that can be resolved with breast reduction surgery include:
The recovery after breast reduction is relatively short with most patients returning to work or other activities within a week to ten days. A drain is not usually required, but that decision is made based on the amount of resection and surrounding lymphatic tissue. The use of your arms will be limited during the healing period, and no heavy lifting is allowed. A sports bra or surgical bra must be worn for two weeks, and an antibiotic and pain medication will be prescribed.
The best candidates for breast reduction are women who suffer from the pain and discomfort of excessively large breasts and are ready to make a change for the better. However, a breast reduction might not be for you if:
When you have your consultation, Dr. Khalifeh will review your medical history, perform a breast exam, and discuss your goals to determine whether a breast reduction is right for you. Dr. Khalifeh may also request a mammogram prior to surgery to ensure your safety.
Some vital steps to take before arriving for breast reduction surgery include:
The most important factor in any cosmetic surgery is the skill and experience of the surgeon. Patients routinely pick Dr. Khalifeh after interviewing surgeons for several reasons:
Contact us today at (301) 244-0148 to schedule a consultation.
As with any surgery, there is a slight risk of complications. Breast reduction procedures are, however, one of the safest procedures available. Dr. Khalifeh is happy to address any concerns and answer any questions you have about your breast reduction surgery at our Washington DC office. Some of the known complications include: Infection, bleeding, loss of nipple skin or sensation, scarring, negative reactions to medications, breathing problems (pneumonia), heart problems, scars that take a substantial amount of time to heal, differences in the size of the breasts, and uneven nipple position.
You will see results immediately following the procedure, though your final look will require several weeks, as swelling fades. The surgical scars fade with time, and most patients report that after one to two years, the scars are barely detectable.
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep the entire time and experience no pain during the surgery.