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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery in Dallas with Dr. Bryan Armijo

As one of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute’s most experienced reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgeons, Dr. Bryan Armijo understands that living with overly large breasts can be frustrating and even painful. Many patients with this condition, which is medically known as macromastia, feel so uncomfortable and self-conscious that they restrict their daily activities and hide their breasts under bulky clothing. Dr. Armijo offers breast reduction surgery in Dallas and surrounding areas to help patients who suffer from macromastia achieve greater comfort and freedom. He can also perform breast reduction surgery on men with gynecomastia (male breast enlargement).

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Though the decision to have breast reduction surgery can feel daunting at first, this procedure offers numerous quality-of-life improvements:

The weight of large breasts places stress on the muscles in the back, neck, and chest. Over time, this tends to result in poor posture, chronic head and neck aches and, in some cases, problems with the spine. Breast reduction surgery may help alleviate this strain and greatly reduce discomfort.

Cardiovascular exercise is challenging for patients with macromastia, because being active worsens the pain associated with having large breasts. After breast reduction surgery, many patients report that it’s easier for them to maintain a healthy weight because they can exercise comfortably. Smaller breasts also make it easier to find athletic gear that fits and supports your body.

By reducing pressure on the chest and making it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position, breast reduction surgery can improve sleep quality; no more tossing and turning or avoiding sleeping on your stomach due to extra pressure placed on your chest.

After having breast reduction surgery, patients have an easier time finding flattering, fitted clothing. They also experience a reduced risk of breast ptosis (sagging) and report liking the shape of their breasts more following surgery. During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Armijo reduces the amount of breast tissue, as well as shapes and lifts the breasts.

Though breast reduction surgery may not be not covered by insurance in some cases, patients who have a history of medical problems related to macromastia may be eligible for insurance coverage. Review the details of your insurance plan and talk to your primary care physician to determine whether your procedure may be covered. If you’re not eligible for insurance coverage, Dr. Armijo offers financing through CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending.

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Who Makes a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

People can choose to have breast reduction surgery for either medical or cosmetic reasons. This procedure might be right for you if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Breasts cause physical discomforts, such as back and neck pain, skin irritation, rashes and/or chafing.
  • You feel like your breasts are too large for your frame, or you think they make your body look top heavy
  • Breasts cause you to feel self-conscious
  • You would like smaller breasts for reasons of personal preference

Though most patients who pursue breast reduction are female, men suffering from gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) can also benefit from this procedure.

To have breast reduction surgery, you will need to be in good overall health. If you are a smoker, Dr. Armijo requires that all his surgical patients give up smoking at least three weeks before and after their operation. This is vital to surgical success because smoking increases a patient’s risk of excessive bleeding, infection, and other surgical complications.

How is Breast Reduction Performed?

The technique Dr. Armijo uses during your reduction mammaplasty depends on the amount of breast tissue that requires removal. Patients who want to go down one or more cup sizes, usually need to have excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue removed from their breasts. The incision pattern will typically be around the areola, down the meridian of the breast and underneath the breast mound, hidden in the inframammary fold. This incision resembles an anchor, which is why it is often referred to as an anchor incision.

Breast reduction surgery can also be used to correct breast asymmetry (where one breast is larger than the other or hangs lower than the other) and make the areola smaller. When you visit Dr. Armijo for a consultation, feel free to discuss any aesthetic concerns you have so he can personalize your breast reduction procedure to meet your needs.

What to Expect During Recovery

Approximately six weeks before you have surgery, Dr. Armijo will provide you with a surgery packet containing everything you need to enjoy a restful, comfortable recovery period. This package will include prescriptions for pain medication, detailed post-operative instructions, and other documentation about your surgery. This way, you won’t have to worry about taking care of any last-minute details while you’re healing.

Some people who have breast reduction surgery are able to return home a few hours after their operation. Make sure you have someone available to drive you home from the hospital and look after you for a few days, as you’ll be tired and groggy because of general anesthesia. You should also take two weeks off work to give yourself time to recover. During these two weeks, your chest will be swollen and bruised, and you’ll need to avoid lifting, bending, and stretching as much as possible. After two weeks, you should be able to return to work and resume light activities, but you’ll need to wait an additional two to four weeks before you can exercise or lift heavy objects.

Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation in Dallas, Texas with Dr. Bryan Armijo

For patients suffering from macromastia, breast reduction surgery can be life-changing. If you’re ready to begin your journey towards greater comfort and personal freedom, contact board-certified Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo at (214) 540-1434 to arrange a personal consultation. With the assistance of his caring team of staff, Dr. Armijo will help you create a surgical plan and provide you with attentive care throughout your treatment experience.