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
"Dr Guarino Is A Great Doctor To Go To If You Want Something Done , Hes Nice And Clean And Friendly just Like All his Staff He Did My breast reduction And It Was Amazing! I’m Happy I Did And I Feel Relieved And Happy With How They Are Coming Along I Appreciate Him And Highly recommend"- M.R. / Yelp / Jul 10, 2021
"Dr Guarino Is A Great Doctor To Go To If You Want Something Done , Hes Nice And Clean And Friendly just Like All his Staff He Did My breast reduction And It Was Amazing! I'm Happy I Did And I Feel..."- M.R. / Yahoo / Jul 10, 2021
"I knew that I was the perfect candidate for breast reduction surgery but I struggled with finding the right surgeon. After the consultation with Dr. Guarino I knew he would be my surgeon. He answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable with moving forward. HIs knowledge and calm demeanor was just what I needed to make my final decision. His office staff is helpful and always eager to answer any questions. My experience was very positive and I am very happy with the results."- P.W. / Google / Sep 03, 2021
"I highly recommend Dr Guarino! After struggling for years I finally decided to schedule a consultation for breast reduction. I did a lot of research and decided to make an appointment with Dr Guarino. I had never been to a consultation like this before and did not know what to expect so I was nervous. Immediately Dr Guarino and staff made me feel comfortable. They are super knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional and answered all of my questions. Dr Guarino is seriously the most genuinely kind and caring doctor I’ve ever met which made me even more excited to go forward with the surgery. The day of surgery came quickly after the consultation. I was extremely nervous but every single nurse and anesthesiologist at the hospital assured me that he was the best and they said that “he does works of art”. And they were right, he was so calm and comforting and did an amazing job! I am so much happier than I than I ever expected, everything looks great and I feel amazing! I am so grateful for Dr Guarino!"- A.G. / Google / Nov 14, 2021
"Had such a wonderful experience with Dr Guarino from initial consult all the way up to surgery and post op check ups. I had a breast reduction and after taking over a pound of material from each side, I look like a 20 year old again! Dr Guarino and his staff answered all of my questions and were so kind! I recommend this practice 100%"- D.C. / Google / Jan 18, 2022
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.
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.
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
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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.