What is a Breast Reduction?

A Breast Reduction involves the cosmetic removal of excess tissue from overly large breasts.  Some women’s breasts are extra sensitive to the circulating feminine hormones within their body.  As a result, the breasts become abnormally large.  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.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my breast reduction in Victor, NY?

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.  There is no procedure with which he has more experience.

What does breast reduction surgery involve?BReduct

Breast reduction surgery technique is dependant 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 ultimate scar looks like an upside down T or anchor.   For further illustration see the following links:

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 typical postoperative course?

Day 1

  • dressings clean and dry
  • No heavy lifting or straining
  • Record drain output

Day 2-7

  • You may now shower. Tape will be in place over your incision.  This tape is to remain in place until removed by your surgeon
  • Please begin arm exercises to prevent stiffness
  • No heavy lifting or straining
  • Continue to record drain output.  The drain will likely be removed at your one week postoperative visit.

Day 7 to 1 month

  • You may slowly resume normal activities
  • You may resume cardiovascular exercise at 4 weeks (stationary bike is OK at 2 weeks)

1 month+

  • No restrictions as you gradually recover
  • Breast shape, scars, and texture will settle over the course of the first year

Driving?

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.

Time off of Work? Restrictions?

This is dependant 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.