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Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty) – Northern Virginia

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About Breast Reduction Surgery

Women considering a breast reduction surgery typically have physical concerns due to their large and heavy breasts. These can include back pain, neck strain, rashes beneath the breasts, difficulty fitting into clothing, and receiving unwanted attention. Some concerns can lead to weight gain and discomfort due to decreased physical activity as a result of large breasts being in the way. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery perform countless breast reduction surgeries every year. To set up an appointment to discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals, call our Reston, VA office today. 

Ideal Candidates

When your neck and back hurt, it reduces your quality of life. When you are in pain, your movements are limited, your posture is slumped, and you generally do not feel well. Women with large breasts experience this on a daily basis. Some women, through no fault of their own, cannot correct this issue with diet and exercise alone. If you experience the following symptoms from large, heavy breasts, you may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery:

  • Irritation and rashes on the skin underneath the bra
  • Diet and exercise unsuccessfully decreasing the size of the breasts
  • Disproportionate breasts to the body frame
  • Weight of the breasts causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Bra straps grooves in the shoulders
  • Limitations on activity due to the size of the breasts
  • Poor posture

What to Expect

Using state-of-the-art surgical techniques that limit the risks of surgery, our plastic surgeons will skillfully remove excess skin and suction out tissue to reshape the breasts. During surgery, it is common to use one of the following incision approaches: 

  • An incision around of the areola
  • A vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast line
  • A horizontal incision on the breast line

Liposuction is generally used to safely remove fat tissues from within the breasts. Excess skin will be removed, and then a breast lift is usually needed to obtain a healthy-looking result. It is common for women requesting this procedure to go down 1 – 2 cup sizes. 

After a 2 – 4-hour breast reduction surgery, you will wake up in recovery and feel significantly lighter in the chest area. You will be instructed on how to properly care for your incisions to limit scarring. After being sent home wrapped in a surgical compression garment and sports bra, it is advised that you take it easy for the first few weeks after the surgery. Expect to feel less sensation in your nipples, as they will take up to a year to recover and resume sensitivity. It is suggested that breast reduction patients not return to work for 7 – 10 days and wait 6 – 8 weeks before resuming physical activities.

Anticipated Results

Breast reduction surgery can dramatically change the lives of our patients, resulting in smaller breasts that makes everyday activities easier. In the few weeks following the procedure, it is advised for you to continue wearing comfortable bras and limiting strenuous activity. Once exercise can be worked back into your day-to-day life, it is important to maintain a healthy weight. Breast reduction surgery is a long-lasting cosmetic surgery, but the results can be negatively impacted by weight gain and/or pregnancy.

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Average Cost  
$8,900 - $12,000
Recovery Time  
2-5 Weeks
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Life with Smaller Breasts

Picture what your life could look like free from pain, constant rashes, and stares from people because of your large breasts. Call today for a consultation. Our team will answer all of your questions and concerns, educate you on aftercare instructions, and help contact your insurance company since some qualify this as a medically necessary surgery.

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