Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery for the Milwaukee and Madison Area
With breast reduction for the Milwaukee and Madison area, Dr. Maida Parkins helps patients achieve the light and well-contoured breasts they’ve always wanted. While there are plenty of women who wish for increased breast size, there are just as many who have developed oversized breasts and spent years living with the side effects—not to mention spending too much on specialty bras to accommodate their breast size.
These patients struggle daily to feel confident and to carry the extra weight, which often creates recurring back and neck pain. Let Dr. Maida Parkins show you what life can be like after breast reduction surgery with a lighter frame that complements your natural body shape.
Deciding on Breast Reduction Surgery
Choosing plastic surgery for peace of mind requires careful consideration of your options and goals. Many patients choose breast reduction to alleviate upper body pain, while others feel that overly large breasts make them look heavier than they are. Dr. Parkins offers guidance in your plastic surgery journey through personalized consultations.
During your visit to her office, Dr. Parkins provides a physical examination and seeks to understand what you would like your breasts to look like. She will then discuss which methods are available to help you achieve your goals. This meeting is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions and address any concerns you may have about your procedure.
At our Lake Country plastic surgery office, patients become friends and are provided with the attentive care they need. If you would like to know whether a breast reduction can help you achieve your body goals, call Dr. Parkins for a consultation.
What Does Breast Reduction Involve?
After Dr. Parkins meets with a patient to discuss goals and expectations for breast reduction, the procedure itself involves the surgical removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, as well as lifting and re-shaping the underlying breast tissue. Liposuction is sometimes used to remove unwanted fat.
There are several techniques and incision options available, with specifics depending on the surgeon’s and patient’s preferences, the anatomy of the breasts, and the amount of reduction involved.
Why Patients Choose Reduction Mammoplasty
There are many reasons to pursue treatment to reduce breast size. Patients often choose this procedure for the following benefits:
- Improved overall body contours
- Better fit in clothing—no more popping off buttons!
- Easier exercise
- More convenient bra shopping
- Reduction in back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Enhanced body confidence
Breast reduction patients often comment that they appear top-heavy and boxy with their pre-surgery breast size. This can affect self-esteem and make it hard to find flattering clothing without visiting specialty stores.
After breast reduction surgery, patients enjoy improved range of movement and do not have cumbersome breasts to hold them back. Patients even feel confident going braless for the first time. Surgery typically proves to be a positive and life-changing experience that boosts patients’ opinions about their figures.
What Makes a Good Breast Reduction Candidate?
There are certain factors that make some patients better candidates for breast reduction than others. Ideally, patients should be in good health, maintain realistic expectations, and be non-smokers. If you’re unhappy because you feel like your breasts are too large, your breasts are getting in the way of physical activity, you’re having pain in the back, neck, or shoulders because of the excess weight, are getting shoulder indentations from bra straps, are getting skin irritation below the breast creases, or would like an aesthetic change, you may be considered a good candidate for breast reduction. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have breast reduction surgery.
A breast reduction can address several types of cosmetic concern, including enhancing the shape of the breasts and restoring breasts to their previous appearance after pregnancy has caused size fluctuations and other changes.
How Can You Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Patients are often curious about what to expect before breast reduction surgery. Lab testing or a medical evaluation may be required, along with a baseline mammogram before breast reduction for patients older than 40. Patients may also have to adjust how they’re taking certain medications and are advised to refrain from taking blood-thinning medications—like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that increase bleeding—for at least two weeks prior to breast reduction. They should also avoid drinking alcohol for one week before.
Reduction patients should not smoke for at least several weeks before and after the procedure, as smoking will increase the risk of complications and delay healing. Dr. Parkins will provide guidelines on what you should do on the day of breast reduction, along with what to expect from post-operative and follow-up care.
Breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that no hospital stay is required. The patient should arrange for someone to drive them to and from breast reduction surgery and stay with them for the first 24 hours.
What Are Breast Reduction Recovery and Results Like?
Paper tape will be applied to the incisions to help prevent scarring. You will be placed in a surgical bra before you wake up from surgery. Patients usually experience soreness, swelling, and fatigue for two to three weeks. Dr. Parkins will provide medication to manage any discomfort. The breasts gradually soften, becoming rounder over time after breast reduction surgery.
The timeline for recovery varies depending on the patient’s natural healing rate and the extent of the surgery. Avoid heavy physical activity for at least a month to allow incisions to heal properly. If instructed to wear post-operative garments, patients should follow the instructions in order to ensure the best possible outcome. It will usually be safe for patients to resume exercise after four weeks. Although some improvements will be noticeable right away, it’s important to remember that it takes several months before the full results settle in. The breasts may appear larger at first due to the swelling.
What is the Long-Term Outlook Like After Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery has a high satisfaction rate because of the physical and emotional benefits it provides, such as enhancing your appearance by sculpting a more proportional figure and offering relief from back pain. Patients often feel more confident with a better self-image, are able to wear clothes they weren’t previously comfortable wearing, and feel free to participate in physical activities they may have avoided before. Although future weight gain, pregnancies, and normal aging will continue to affect the appearance of the breasts, they are likely to remain smaller and lighter for the rest of a lifetime.
More Breast Surgery Options
Breast reduction patients are often happy to learn that nipple-areola reduction and breast lift are routinely included as part of the procedure. A breast reduction can also be performed as part of a Mommy Makeover, which includes a combination of body contouring procedures specific to each patient that will help to restore the look of the body they had prior to pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing.
Male breast reduction is available for men dealing with the development of breasts, known as gynecomastia.