Newvue Plastic Surgery & Skincare

Breast Reduction

Millions of women suffer from a condition called Breast Hypertrophy, where they develop overly large or pendulous breasts. This condition usually develops around puberty, and in addition to emotional or image issues, it can cause a number of physical problems, including chronic neck and back pain, skin irritation and rashing, difficulty exercising, and a host of other issues associated with bad posture.

Dr. Min’s Approach to

Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Min’s focus is on natural, comfortable results that give patients a balanced appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Min will work with you to understand your needs and help you create a treatment plan appropriate to your needs and your body.

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What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast Reduction surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure that attempts to correct these conditions by removing excess breast tissue, reshaping and repositioning the breasts to create a more proportionate and comfortable bust line.

Women of all ages can benefit from this safe and proven procedure. Ideal candidates for a breast reduction are in good physical condition (at or near their target weight). Teenagers and younger women with overly large breasts are candidates for Breast Reduction surgery, however the surgery cannot be performed until the breasts stop developing.

For patients with especially pendulous or sagging breasts (generally older patients) Dr. Min may recommend a breast lift in conjunction with the breast reduction.

How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Work?

An incision is made in a keyhole or anchor pattern, beginning around the nipple and extending downward to where the breast meets the chest. A column of breast tissue with the nipple attached is preserved while the excessive breast tissue and skin that surrounds this column is removed, either surgically or through liposuction. The skin envelope around the incision is then brought together to reshape the breasts in a conical shape. Sutures are then layered deep to the breast tissue to keep the reconstructed shape. A support bra is then used for several weeks as the incisions heal.

The results of your Breast Reduction surgery are immediately visible, and the alleviation of the chronic neck and back pain is apparent from day one. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you fully recover.

Your Breast Reduction Options

While there are several different ways of performing breast reductions, the techniques will largely be determined by the size of a patient’s breasts and the magnitude of the reduction. Different incision patterns are used depending on the patient’s body and goals:

“Keyhole” or “Wise” pattern incision: An incision is made around the nipple and then extended down to where the breast meets the chest in a keyhole pattern.

“Anchor” Incision: For patients undergoing more substantial reductions, the keyhole pattern will be extended horizontally where the breast meets the chest to form and anchor shape.

Minimally Invasive Breast Reductions with Liposuction: in cases where the patient have good skin laxity and need only a small amount of tissue removed, breast reductions can be performed using liposuction only, reducing scarring and shortening recovery time.

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Your Initial Breast Reduction Consultation

The role of the consultation is to ensure that you feel informed, confident and excited.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Min will ask you about the position, shape and size you are looking for, as well as any specific concerns you have about their feel or appearance. He will walk you through your options, explain the details of the breast reduction procedure, and answer any questions you may have. You will have an opportunity to view extensive before and after photos and see examples of the different procedures you’ve discussed.

Dr. Min will then ask you questions about your health and lifestyle and assess your breasts for shape, size, symmetry, and areola position. He will share and explain his opinions with you about which surgical techniques are most appropriate based on your desired outcome and the results of your exam, and together you will decide on the details and timing of your procedure. In some cases, he may recommend a breast augmentation or reduction in addition to the breast lift to achieve the results you desire.

Finally, Dr. Min will make sure you know exactly what will happen on the day of your procedure, what you will experience while you recover, and what you can expect in the months and years to follow.

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Safety & Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

Our approach at Newvue is to always put our patient’s safety above all other concerns. We have invested in state of the art tools, and our on-site surgical suite is one of the first in the region to be fully approved under the stringent new safety standards.

Breast reduction is a very common and safe procedure. Nonetheless, we feel it is important that all our patients fully understand the risk(s) associated with this or any surgical procedure. The most important thing to know is that Dr. Min and Newvue will stand by you should any complications arise and do everything we can to help you achieve your desired result. Risks associated with Breast Reduction surgery include: possible reaction to anesthesia, infection, bleeding & hematoma and/or asymmetry or deformation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Min will address all possible risks and complications with you and make sure that your questions and concerns are answered.

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Prior to Your Breast Reduction Procedure

Prior to your surgery, we will schedule a preoperative appointment with Dr. Min. The purpose of this meeting is to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and efficiently. At this time our staff will review the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as your consent forms and answer any questions you might have. You may be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.
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Your Breast Reduction Procedure

We will do everything in our power to help you feel informed and relaxed on the day of your procedure. After you arrive, you will meet with Dr. Min and with your anesthesiologist. Once any questions you have are answered, you will be given medication to help you relax.

You will be brought into the surgical suite, where you will be prepped for surgery and given a general anesthetic. Surgery usually takes 2-3 hours.

You will wake up in the recovery room, where you’ll be closely monitored. We’ll let you know how everything went and advise you on what to expect as you recover. You’ll want to be sure to arrange for someone to pick you up and stay with you for the first couple days as you adjust.

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After Your Breast Reduction Procedure

You’re still our patient after you leave, and we will be there for you as you recover to answer any questions you may have and advise you on any side effects you may be feeling. You can expect to feel tired and sore after the surgery, and you will experience some swelling and discomfort at the point of your incision, both of which can be managed with medication.

Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks. Light activity is encouraged during your recovery, and you can resume regular, non-strenuous activity after a few days of rest. You should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks, and avoid high impact activities (skiing, wakeboarding, contact sports) for the duration of your recovery (6-8 weeks). Your stiches will dissolve and be absorbed by your body, so you will not have to worry about getting them removed.

Breast reductions can be permanent, but if you gain weight, become pregnant, or take hormones, your breasts may increase in size or sag over time.

Breast Reduction Results

The results of your Breast Reduction surgery are immediately visible, and the alleviation of the chronic neck and back pain is apparent from day one. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Dr. Min and the Newvue staff are always available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, during your recovery and after. We want to ensure that you are completely thrilled with your new look, and we’ll consider you our patient for life.

Procedure Length

2-3 hours (generally outpatient)

Normal Recovery

Return to work in 1-2 weeks, resume light exercise after 4 weeks, swelling resolves completely after 4-8 weeks

Possible Side Effects

Swelling, bruising, pain or discomfort, loss of nipple sensation

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