What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction involves the cosmetic removal of excess tissue from overly large breasts.  This breast size can result in neck, back, and shoulder pain.  In addition, some women will develop rashes underneath their breasts.  A breast reduction removes this excess tissue to relieve pain and improve appearance. It is truly a life changing operation with a very high patient satisfaction. You can see some examples of Dr. Graham’s breast reduction photos here.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my breast reduction?

Dr. Graham is an skilled plastic surgeon, board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Graham’s Plastic Surgery training was primarily in the areas of breast and body contouring surgery.  He has extensive experience with breast reduction surgery.

What does breast reduction surgery involve?BReduct

Breast reduction surgery technique is dependent upon the amount of extra breast tissue as well as the position of the nipple.  One may leave the nipple attached to the breast, or one may have to remove the nipple and then sew it back into place once the breast has been reduced.  The nipple is always in a better position and the breast size usually ends up as a small D or full C cup.  Usually the final breast reduction scar looks like an upside down T or anchor.   For further illustration see the following link to a 3D animation of breast reduction in the breast section on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

What are the main risks of this surgery?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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What is the breast reduction recovery?

This is dependent on the type of work you perform.  Many patients with office jobs only require only 1 to 2 weeks.  However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 4-6 weeks to recover.  You will not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks.You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car, even in an emergency.  Most patients are able to drive within 1-2 weeks.

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