Breast Reduction Overview
Women with large breasts frequently endure symptoms that can be improved with a breast reduction surgery. Allentown cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Edward Guarino, performs this surgery, which alleviates symptoms caused by heavy breasts such as back pain and skin infections. Breast reduction surgery reshapes the breasts to a smaller size by using liposuction to remove tissue and fat. During surgery, the breasts are then lifted to a natural placement on the chest wall. Women with heavier breasts often find it difficult to exercise and many feel self-conscious in certain clothing because their breasts take center stage. This surgery allows them to feel confident with smaller, shapelier breasts.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Breast Reduction/T.T and LIPO - Allentown, PA - A very nice,considerate doctor."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 26, 2014
"48 Year Old Breast Reduction - Allentown, PA - if i have to ever have a surgery again i will do it in a hear beat, with Dr. Guarino and i will schedule my next surgery,"- B. / RealSelf / Dec 30, 2014
"Dr. Guarino did great work on my breast reduction, very informative nice finished results light to minimal scarring. Just overall great, was debating reduction for awhile and looking for a great doctor to perform it not wanting messed up boobs but he did a great job! Almost a full year since my surgery and couldn’t be more happy!"- K.W. / Google / Mar 08, 2018
"I recently had a breast reduction and a lift The staff is very professional and polite the office is very clean and beautiful. my work I had done is perfect I would go back to Dr.Guarino a 1,000000 + if i ever wanted anything else done his bedside manners is the best and he checked on me a total of 3 times at my stay in the hospital thank you once again Dr.Guarino and staff"- S.B. / Google / Dec 20, 2018
"When I first went into Dr. Guarino office I have to admit I was a little nervous. He is so compassionate & caring that I felt very comfortable. He did an amazing job. I had a breast reduction & a breast lift. I never thought in a million years I would look like this. He’s a fantastic surgeon & I would highly recommend him to my family & friends. I had breast cancer, he made me look so good that he gave me my confidence back. His staff is also very kind, caring & compassionate. In my opinion he is the BEST surgeon.Thank you Dr. Guarino & Staff"- R.K. / Google / Apr 23, 2019
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is generally removed through a liposuction method and loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. During this approach, an incision is made around the areola, which extends down to follow the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
Breast Reduction During/After Surgery
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete. During surgery, a training tube may be placed to control bleeding and swelling. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising by 4-6 weeks. The visible results of a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take 6 months or longer for nipple sensitivity to return.
Breast Reduction Expected Cost
Because larger breasts sometimes create physical problems for women, insurance may cover a portion of breast reduction surgery. Insurance coverage does vary, thus patients should confirm with their provider as to what will or will not be covered. After the initial consultation, our office will be able to submit an official surgery recommendation letter to the insurance company to assist in gaining coverage. Our billing and insurance coordinator will work with each patient on this. The average cost for a breast reduction procedure with a lift averages between $5,000-$10,000.
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- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Reduction FAQS
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.