What is Breast Reduction?
Despite the stereotype that large breasts are a desirable trait, that’s not always true. Sometimes they can cause serious problems. For some women, the physical discomfort (back, shoulder, and neck pain) that comes with large, heavy breasts can be overwhelming. Others can become self-conscious because of their overly large breasts and seek to reduce their size. A breast reduction from Janiga MDs can go a long way toward resolving these issues.
Weight gain, pregnancy, and natural growth in breast size can all contribute to uncomfortably large breasts and the desire to undergo surgery to reduce their size. At your consultation, we will discuss your medical history and treatment goals to determine where you are a candidate for breast reduction and how we can best meet your individual needs.
Dr. Timothy Janiga performs breast reductions at his surgery center, Mountain West Surgery Center in Reno using general anesthesia. Dr. Janiga will remove excess breast tissue and fat to create lighter, more proportionate breasts. During the procedure, the areola may be reduced in size and repositioned to naturally fit the newly shaped and resized breast.
Breast reduction incisions will be carefully placed around the nipple-areola complex and/or under the breast fold where they can be easily concealed. The two most common types of breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Timothy Janiga are a traditional “anchor” shape or a “vertical” breast reduction. The “anchor” shape breast reduction is typically performed for larger breast reductions, whereas the “vertical” reduction is typically reserved for smaller-to-moderate size breast reductions. Both techniques serve to remove excess tissue and skin as well as reposition the areola to a more youthful and natural position for the newly shaped and resized breast. The remaining breast skin will be lifted and tightened for a smooth, natural-looking contour.
This breast reduction procedure takes between one and three hours with another two hours of recovery time before breast reduction patients can leave the surgery center.
A breast reduction is used to help women who struggle with breasts that are too large.
At Janiga MDs, Dr. Timothy Janiga specializes in plastic surgery and Dr. Jennifer Janiga specializes in dermatology, giving their practice a unique, comprehensive perspective on their patients’ cosmetic needs in the Reno, Nevada area.
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Recovery & Results
You can expect some swelling and minimal bruising for up to three weeks after breast reduction cosmetic surgery. Most patients can return to work in about 1-2 weeks but for up to six weeks of recovery, you will need to avoid strenuous physical activities, take pain medications as needed, and allow your body enough time to fully rest and recover. Full results are expected within three to six months.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Reduction
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery include anyone in generally good health who is bothered by the size of their breasts and/or experiencing discomfort, pain, or rashes due to the size of their breasts. Ideal candidates should also be nonsmokers.
When will I see the results of my breast reduction surgery?
You will see results immediately after surgery as the excess breast tissue has been removed. Full scar maturation will take 6-9 months.
What is recovery like with a breast reduction?
Recovery from breast reduction surgery is dependent on the person and the amount of tissue that was removed. You can expect to have some tenderness, swelling and bruising for up to three weeks. During this period, avoid strenuous activities, wear a support bra, and take prescribed medication as directed. You will be restricted from lifting more than 15-20 pounds for a few weeks.
Will I have scars after a breast reduction?
You will have scars after breast reduction surgery, as tissue needs to be surgical removed, but they will fade over time. Dr. Janiga will discuss the best ways to care for your incisions to reduce the visibility of scars.
When can I go back to work after breast reduction surgery?
Most patients take 1-2 weeks off work to recover. After that period, you will likely be able to return to work. You might not be able to do everything, but you should be able to perform most tasks.
Schedule a Consultation
When you meet with Dr. Timothy Janiga for your consultation, he will detail the steps of the procedure and what to expect with your breast reduction results. Contact us today to arrange a one-on-one consult for breast reduction in Reno, NV.