What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Excessively large breasts can cause physical and social concerns for women. In addition, extremely large breasts can create insecurity issues and embarrassment, as well as physical aches and pains. Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, TX who has helped countless women regain their confidence and enjoy the life they want through a cosmetic breast reduction. This procedure at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery reduces excess breast tissue and skin to recontour the breasts to a more compatible size. It also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and repositions them so they appear normal with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift is performed to provide a tighter and healthier appearance.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for breast reduction?
If you suffer from excessively large breasts that interfere with daily life, a surgical breast reduction may be a good option to achieve the figure you want. This surgery is ideal for women who deal with emotional stress or are not able to lead an active life because of the heaviness of their breasts. If you also have ongoing skin problems (as well as back pain), this surgery can greatly diminish these annoyances. It is important patients are at a stable weight and find a skillful surgeon, like Dr. Ellsworth, who understands their concerns and goals. He has the training to produce a normal and natural appearance.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr. Ellsworth and his staff are wonderful. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015 and my tumor and lymph nodes were removed, as well as a breast reduction, which was one of the best things that has happened for me. I feel great and I think I look better, thanks to Dr. Ellsworth and his expertise. Not only is he and his team, exceptional, but they are so personable too, with a wonderful sense of humor. They make a patient feel so well cared for, in every respect. While recovering, I have written a comedy self-help book about recovering from breast cancer surgery, which I hope will help other patients and hopefully will lighten up an otherwise very harrowing time. Thank you so much for caring for us all. You and your team are unique and I have great affection for you."- B.W. / Facebook / Sep 24, 2017
"Extremely grateful and thankful to Dr. Ellsworth and his staff for taking such great care of me! He definitely put my nerves at ease from the moment I met him. His work is impeccable! I'm so happy with the results of my reconstruction and reduction. Highly recommend!"- S.Y. / Google / Dec 12, 2020
"Dr. Ellsworth did my breast reduction and i couldn’t even imagine being more happy than i actually am with the results and experience. His team is amazing, so sweet and caring. Dr. Ellsworth has the best bedside manner and really cares about how you feel, while sincerely understanding your discomfort. I would recommend him and his team to everyone."- A. / Google / Mar 17, 2021
How does breast reduction work?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed with general anesthesia. The timeframe for the surgery is dependent upon several factors, including the incision type, the overall surgical technique, and finally, the amount of tissue removal needed. The nipple and areola repositioning is another factor. Typically, liposuction is necessary for tissue and fat reduction to decrease breast size. At the time of the initial consult, all of these factors are addressed with Dr. Ellsworth. Scarring is also carefully discussed as it is common to occur. However, modern methods have led to a significant decrease in overall scarring. Depending on the difficulty of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be made. The breast tissue will be removed, and the surrounding tissue and skin will be pulled and lifted.
What can i Expect after breast reduction?
After surgery, our patients will be observed closely in our quiet recovery room and then sent home to heal. A thin tube for draining will most likely be placed near the surgical site to assist with bleeding. A medical sports bra will be worn for several days that will increase blood flow to the breasts during the initial healing period. Within about a month, the breasts will naturally fall into position and the post-op effects will diminish. Most of our patients at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery remark they feel lighter, relieved, and more confident. After breast reduction surgery, you can buy the clothes you so desire and feel excited about your new shape. Remember, it is still important to stay at a healthy weight so the results are not compromised.
Breast Reduction FAQ
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a central position on the breast during breast reduction surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola may be cut out and moved. Dr. Ellsworth will choose an incision technique so the nipple and areola can be moved higher. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. Your options will be explained in your consultation before he helps you decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a surgical reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your breast reduction will cause you problems with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Ellsworth suggests that patients be done having children or be willing to not breastfeed before having breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get bigger or smaller with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery that's easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Ellsworth will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do to ensure you are happy with your results.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Ellsworth has helped countless women reclaim their health for a fuller life with cosmetic breast reduction. During your first visit to Ellsworth Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ellsworth will talk through all of the options to reach your desired outcome and develop a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. There is no need to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany oversized breasts. We welcome you to call our practice in Houston, TX to discover more about this exceptional breast reduction procedure.