Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is performed in women who feel that their breasts are out of proportion to their body or for women who suffer chronic neck, back and shoulder pain due to the size and weight of their breasts. Generally, the excess weight of large breasts interferes with daily activities and makes it difficult to exercise. This takes a significant physical and emotional toll on women, necessitating the need for breast surgery.
Dr. Pittman performs breast reduction in Washington DC to remove excess breast glandular tissue and excess skin. This results in smaller, perkier breasts. As a result, symptoms of back, neck, and shoulder pain are alleviated immediately following the procedure.
Good Candidates for Breast Reduction
Physically healthy patients
Patients who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large
Patients who experience limited physical activity due to the weight of their breasts
Patients who experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of their breasts
Patients with regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy pendulous breasts
Patients with skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Patients with breasts that hang low and have stretched skin
Patients with nipples that rest below the breast crease when the breasts are unsupported
Patients with enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin
In your consultation, Dr. Pittman will discuss your individual goals for the procedure. Breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure. Dr. Pittman will use Crisalix virtual imaging to simulate what you may look like after breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery takes two hours. An incision is made around the areola (the colored part around the nipple). The reduction removes much of the breast tissue from the bottom of the breast while maintaining fullness in the upper part of the breast. Excess skin and breast tissue are removed.
There are two types of breast-reduction incisions: the anchor and the lollypop.
Mammography after Breast Reduction
Many women are concerned about mammography after breast reduction. Breast reduction does cause a small amount of damage to the breast tissue. As a result, breast reduction can certainly interfere with post-operative imaging. However, most times, a trained breast radiologist can tell the difference between predictable changes on a mammogram versus an abnormality.
Once you’ve had a local breast reduction, it important to notify the radiologist that you have had the surgery when you go for your mammogram. If you are over 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, Dr. Pittman will recommend a mammogram before surgery. All breast tissue removed is sent for pathologic analysis after breast reduction.
High Patient Satisfaction
Ultimately, breast reduction is certainly a procedure with very high patient satisfaction. Most of our patients comment that they wish they would have had the procedure years ago.
Arranging a Consultation for a Breast Reduction in Washington DC
Contact us to schedule your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Troy Pittman, a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Pittman will be available to tell you more about the details of the breast reduction procedure in Washington DC and the steps required for preparation.