All around the country, women who undergo surgical breast reduction are among some of the happiest and most satisfied in the entire field of plastic surgery. This is because surgical breast reduction can significantly relieve some of the physical and emotional burden of carrying oversized breasts. After surgery, Dr. Richard D’Amico’s breast reduction patients in New Jersey are finally comfortable and confident during exercise, shopping for clothes, and intimacy.
Who is a good candidate for Breast Reduction surgery?
You may be a candidate for surgical breast reduction if some of the following statements apply to you:
- Your breasts are disproportionately large for your body: You may feel that your breasts look too big in comparison to the rest of your body, making you appear heavier than you really are.
- Your large breasts cause physical pain: Many women who undergo breast reduction suffer physical discomfort related to the size and weight of their breasts. These effects can include back, neck, and shoulder pain, persistent skin irritation beneath the breasts, and deep indentations or grooves in their shoulders caused by bra straps.
- You’re suffering emotionally: Oversized breasts can cause emotional pain in addition to physical discomfort. Many patients say they’re bothered by unwanted attention or feelings of self-consciousness. They also often experience frustration when shopping for clothes or exercising.
- You’re generally healthy: You should be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and to properly care for yourself after surgery. You should also be a nonsmoker or willing to quit smoking at least several weeks before surgery.
Why Choose Dr. D’Amico
As an internationally renowned innovator and educator in breast surgery, Dr. D’Amico offers improvements over traditional approaches to breast reduction, including*:
- An improved scar outcome
- Shortened, more comfortable recovery
- Optimum shaping of the breasts.
If you’re still unsure of your candidacy for the procedure, Dr. D’Amico can help you understand your options during your consultation.
Before & After Breat Reduction
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The Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr. D’Amico performs your breast reduction surgery in his on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgery center while you are under general anesthesia. Although each surgery is unique, most breast reduction procedures last between 2 and 3 hours. Once you are anesthetized, Dr. D’Amico typically makes an inverted “T” incision. This incision traces around the areola, extends down the breast, and proceeds along the inframammary fold (the crease below the breast where the breast meets the chest wall). This incision is sometimes called an “anchor” incision thanks to its shape.
An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern
After he makes the incision, Dr. D’Amico carefully removes excess breast tissue to create an even, natural appearance. He lifts the tissue and supportive structures of the breast to create a perky, youthful look. He typically removes extra skin for a smooth result. Depending on your desired results, Dr. D’Amico may reduce the size of the areola and position it to a higher placement on the breast. The nipple remains connected to its natural blood and nerve supply so it’s unlikely that you’ll experience a permanent change in sensation after surgery*.
In certain cases, liposuction can be used to reduce the size of the breasts. This procedure requires only a few small incisions and therefore results in less scarring. During your consultation, Dr. D’Amico will help you determine whether you’re a candidate for this type of breast reduction.
Dr. D’Amico also performs breast reduction in conjunction with other aesthetic procedures. Popular complementary procedures include body contouring surgeries such as tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. These procedures can amplify your results and put the finishing touches on your new contours*.
Recovery After Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, which means you may return home after surgery with the help of a friend or loved one. Immediately after surgery, you’ll feel groggy and sore. Discomfort is manageable with prescribed pain medication, and it’s important to listen to your body and rest. You’ll need to wear a special surgical bra to support your breasts while they heal. Some patients report a lack of sensation in 1 or both nipples following surgery, but this is nearly always temporary. You’ll regain sensation as the area heals. You should avoid driving until you are no longer taking prescribed pain medicine.
Most of Dr. D’Amico’s New Jersey breast reduction patients say they feel like themselves between 5 and 7 days after surgery and feel comfortable resuming work, school, and other social activities. Although breast reduction results in visible scars, you can minimize their appearance by following Dr. D’Amico’s instructions for caring for yourself after surgery. You may also see an improvement with topical scar reduction products.*
In the long term, your reduced breasts should retain their improved size and shape, especially by following a healthy lifestyle and avoiding significant weight fluctuations. The benefits of breast reduction surgery are far-reaching, and it’s likely that you’ll enjoy improved comfort, easy mobility, and enhanced self-confidence for many years following your surgery.*
The first step in achieving your cosmetic goals is to request a consultation with Dr. D’Amico, who servesthe New York metro area. He enjoys spending time with you one-on-one to understand your objectives and give his professional opinion about the procedures that are best for you. You will never feel pressured to choose surgery, and you will even have a second consultation visit (included in your fee) to bring along a loved one and ask follow-up questions. The consultation free is applied to any surgical procedure you choose. We are also happy to schedule appointments by phone.
* = Results may vary