Back and shoulder pain, overall discomfort, difficulty with normal tasks, self-consciousness, and negative self-image can be an unfortunate daily reality for women with very large breasts, or macromastia. Excessively large breasts can also look out of proportion with the rest of the body. A breast reduction for these patients can be a life changing event.
For Philadelphia area patients struggling with these issues, a breast reduction surgery performed by double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stark is a lasting and effective route to less discomfort and a more proportional, better shaped silhouette.
What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, reduces the size and improves the shape and placement of the breasts. This surgery may be chosen by you and Dr. Stark in order to make the breast smaller, correct sagging breasts, improve symmetry, and remove excess skin.
The specific goals of your Philadelphia breast reduction surgery will be decided during your personal and comprehensive consultation with Dr. Stark. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark draws upon his many years of experience and exemplary training in cosmetic breast surgery to develop the best and safest surgical plan possible for you. A good breast reduction must fit each individual’s anatomy to achieve smaller yet proportionate, well-shaped and well-positioned breasts. He will take the time to ensure your needs are fully understood and met.
For those women who desire a less dramatic change in size or who are primarily concerned with sagging, a breast lift may be a better option. Again, Dr. Stark always fully reviews all surgical options with his Philadelphia area patients to ensure that they are making informed and confident choices.
How is breast reduction surgery performed?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts approximately two to three hours. During the procedure excess breast tissue and skin are removed to reduce the overall size of the breast. The areola is reduced and the remaining tissue is repositioned to contour the breast to a natural appearing shape. In many ways, breast reduction is very similar to breast lift surgery, but additionally removes excess tissue from the breasts.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery
You will be fitted with a surgical bra, which you should wear during recovery for increased comfort. Bandages will remain in place for 24-48 hours after your surgery. Most women do not require the placement of drains during their surgery, but it is a possibility. These can usually be removed after about a week.
Breast reduction surgery does leave scars. Most patients find the aesthetic improvement and the reduction of discomfort to be worth the risk of scars. As with any procedure performed by Dr. Stark, his meticulous suturing techniques and post-surgical scar therapy help to minimize their appearance. In general, it takes an incision up to a year to fully heal.
Your patient experience
When you come to StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center, Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you arrive. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.
Your breast reduction consultations at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery will allow you the time and comfort you deserve to discuss your desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.
Schedule a consultation
To discover if a breast reduction in Philadelphia is right for you, the next step is a private consultation with Dr. Ran Stark. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.