Macromastia or large breast can be a significant source of everyday pain and discomfort. This can result in neck pain, shoulder grooving and skin problems under the breast folds. Breast reduction is one of the most satisfying procedures because of the relief patients feel after the burden of extra breast tissue is removed from their shoulders. There are several different types of breast reduction techniques and incisions available depending on a patient’s individual anatomy and desires.
Ideal candidates are healthy women and young adolescences who have had stable weight and breast size for at least one year and desire improvements in the following:
- Large Breast, Macromastia
- Shoulder Grooving
- Back and Neck Pain
- Intertrigo (skin fold yeast infections)
Preparing for your Procedure
As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.
There are several different techniques and options available for breast reduction. Anytime an incision is made a scar will be created. Dr. Butz’s goal is to minimize scarring while giving you the reduction, outcome and relief of discomfort you desire. The general procedure involves removing excess breast tissue and skin while lifting the nipple and breast into a more appropriate position. Dr. Butz will discuss your goals and preferences and help you decide what the best option is for you.
The procedure is performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. A dressing will be in place when you wake up and this will be removed by Dr. Butz the following day in clinic. You will then be placed in a soft bra. You may have some tenderness and discomfort for the first few days. Numbness and hypersensitivity of the breast is also not unusual but will normalize with time. You should avoid underwire bras for at least 4 weeks. This is normal and will improve with time. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2-4 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
Recovery Time: 10-14 days
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your concerns and learn about your potential treatment options.