A Look at Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery achieves a more proportionate and comfortable breast size. At Écosse Plastic Surgery, we use the latest techniques to ensure patients achieve the best possible results with minimal scarring and downtime. We understand that every patient is unique, and we work closely with each individual to create a personalized treatment plan that meets their specific needs and goals.

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Discover the Beauty of Balance: Breast Reduction Explained

A breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a transformative surgical procedure designed to reduce the size and volume of overly large breasts. Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience physical discomfort, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as difficulties finding clothes that fit correctly. Emotionally, they may struggle with self-consciousness and limitations on physical activities.

For transgender and gender nonconforming patients, breast reduction surgery can also be essential in aligning their physical appearance with their gender identity, helping to alleviate gender dysphoria and improve overall quality of life.

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Breast Reduction in Gender Confirmation Top Surgery

The breast reduction procedure holds significant relevance in the context of gender confirmation top surgery, also known as chest masculinization surgery for transgender men and non-binary individuals.

For those seeking to align their physical appearance with their gender identity, breast reduction is crucial in removing excess breast tissue and achieving a flatter, more masculine chest contour.

Through skillful surgical techniques, the breast reduction procedure helps to reshape the chest area, repositioning the nipples and areolas to create a more masculine appearance. This transformative surgery not only addresses physical dysphoria but also contributes to a positive emotional and psychological impact, helping transgender men and non-binary individuals to embrace a more authentic sense of self. The breast reduction procedure is pivotal to gender confirmation, empowering individuals to embody their true gender identity with greater confidence and self-assurance.

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Benefits of Breast Reduction

One of the primary benefits of breast reduction is the relief of physical discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, which is significantly improved after the procedure.

  • Reducing the size and weight of the breasts can improve posture, as individuals no longer have to compensate for the extra weight on their chest.
  • With smaller and lighter breasts, individuals find it easier to engage in physical activities and exercises that may have been challenging before the surgery.
  • Women with overly large breasts may experience emotional distress due to self-consciousness or difficulty finding appropriate clothing. Breast reduction can alleviate these emotional burdens and promote a more positive body image.
  • Breast reduction surgery plays a crucial role in gender confirmation, giving individuals the confidence and self-assurance to embrace their true gender identity.
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Candidacy for Breast Reduction

People experiencing chronic pain due to the weight of their breasts are excellent candidates for breast reduction to alleviate physical discomfort. Other candidates include:

  • Those experiencing skin irritations and rashes in the breast crease due to the constant friction caused by large breasts
  • Candidates who face limitations in physical activities, exercise, or sports due to the size of their breasts
  • Those with breast asymmetry
  • Patients who have experienced significant changes in breast size and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Transgender and gender non-conforming patients

Breast Reduction

The Procedure

The procedure typically begins with administering anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort throughout the surgery. Dr. Koonce will make carefully planned incisions, which can vary depending on the extent of breast reduction required and the individual's anatomy. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are meticulously removed through these incisions to achieve a more proportionate and balanced breast size for the patient's body frame.

Dr. Koonce also repositions the nipples and areolas to match the new breast proportions and shape. Once the necessary adjustments are made, the incisions are meticulously closed with sutures, and the breasts are bandaged to support the healing process.

Our commitment to your safety and comfort ensures that you are in expert hands every step of the way.

A Healing Journey

After the surgery, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It is essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Koonce, which may include:

  • Wearing a supportive bra or compression garment to minimize swelling and provide stability to the breasts
  • Avoiding strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks to allow the incisions to heal properly
  • Follow-up appointments with Dr. Koonce to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns

Most patients can resume non-strenuous daily activities within a few days to a week after the procedure, with a full return to normal activities within six weeks. 

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Dr. Koonce Provides Breast Reduction Excellence

Dr. Koonce is a double board-certified plastic surgeon renowned for her artistry and precision in performing transformative breast reduction procedures. With a commitment to patient care, Dr. Koonce and her compassionate team create a welcoming and sophisticated environment, ensuring each patient feels at ease from the moment they step into our office.

As a leader in plastic surgery, Dr. Koonce takes pride in offering personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and desires. Her breast reduction procedure is a masterpiece of surgical expertise, meticulously achieving a more proportionate and balanced appearance. Emphasizing safety, comfort, and exceptional results, Dr. Koonce's approach to breast reduction empowers individuals to embrace newfound physical comfort and enhanced self-confidence, ushering them into a new era of aesthetic refinement and self-assurance.

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Breast Reduction FAQ

Will I be left with noticeable scars after the procedure?

Scarring is inevitable in any surgery; however, Dr. Koonce aims to minimize scarring by strategically placed incisions. Over time, the scars typically fade and become less noticeable.

What anesthesia is used during breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, ensuring the patient's comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

How long does the breast reduction procedure take?

The duration of a breast reduction surgery varies depending on the complexity of the case and the individual's breast anatomy. Generally, the procedure takes around two to four hours to complete.

Will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed in the future?

Breast reduction surgery can impact breastfeeding, as some milk ducts and glandular tissue are typically removed. Discussing breastfeeding with Dr. Koonce during the consultation is essential if breastfeeding is a concern.

Are the results of a breast reduction permanent?

While breast reduction results are long-lasting, natural aging and lifestyle factors can still affect the breasts over time. Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results.

Are there any risks or complications associated with breast reduction?

As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction carries risks and potential complications, including infection, scarring, changes in breast sensation, asymmetry, and issues related to anesthesia. Dr. Koonce will discuss these risks during the consultation and take measures to minimize them.

How soon can I return to work or resume normal activities after breast reduction?

Most patients can return to non-strenuous work and daily activities within a week or two after the procedure. Full recovery and a return to all normal activities usually occur within six weeks, depending on individual healing rates.

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