Breast Reduction in Philadelphia
Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr and The Main Line of Philadelphia, PA
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure, sometimes done with liposuction, that removes fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts in order to reduce the size, volume, and relieve the discomfort. Surgery results in a reduction in breast size that improves patient comfort and proportion to the rest of the body.
Reduction Mammaplasty Candidates
Ideal candidates for reduction mammaplasty are women with oversized breasts that are causing medical problems such as back, neck, or shoulder pain, low self-esteem, or physical and social discomfort. Additionally, men with enlarged breasts can undergo breast reduction surgery. Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot receive a breast reduction.
Traditional Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and depending on the technique used, takes about 2 to 3 hours to perform. There are three types of techniques that can be used during a traditional breast reduction which include:
- Two ring-shaped incisions, one larger than the other, around the areola
- A keyhole shape or circumvertical incision that goes around the areola and down to the breast crease.
- An anchor shape, known as a Wise Pattern incision, beginning in the breast crease and extending up to and around the areola.
Scarless Breast Reduction
Sometimes liposuction alone can reduce breast size. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Claytor, offers this surgical option, also known as scarless breast reduction, for patients that are interested in minimal incisions and a faster recovery. Scarless breast reduction requires a single incision that leaves a single quarter-inch scar on each breast at the inframammary crease. Eventually, as the scar tissue breaks down over time, even this small scar will fade. However, because liposuction removes only fatty tissue, candidates must have more fatty than glandular tissue in their breasts. With liposuction assisted breast reduction, patients will enjoy the benefit of reduced breast volume, often by 2 cup sizes, and improved breast shape.
Breast Reduction Patient Testimonial
Dr. Claytor speaks with a patient 1 year after her breast reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Following traditional breast reduction, patients typically experience soreness, swelling and bruising for several days. Patients can remove bandages after 1 day during which they can also shower. Physical activity should be limited for 1 to 2 weeks, while exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Physical therapy may aid certain patients during recovery. In most cases, the sutures are absorbable and therefore do not require removal.
While there is still some swelling, the recovery for liposuction assisted breast reduction is a faster process than traditional surgery. Some patients go back to work in as fast as 4 days. Additionally, patients can return to exercise and strenuous activity in as little as 2 weeks.
Reduction Mammaplasty Results
Some results of reduction mammaplasty are noticeable immediately after surgery. However, some swelling and bruising will be evident so the final results are not visible. Eventually, scars fade, and usually, cannot be seen when a patient wears a bathing suit or a low-cut top due to hidden incisions. Although reduction mammaplasty provides long-lasting results, breasts are still subject to the effects of aging and gravity.
Before & After Breast Reduction
Risks of Reduction Mammaplasty
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, there are risks related to reduction mammaplasty. Dr. Claytor will review the risks of surgery during your consultation. The risks depend on the technique used and include the following:
- Loss of sensation
- Excessive firmness
Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?
Your medical insurance provider may cover the cost of the surgery if it is performed in order to alleviate discomfort & pain. Eligibility factors include the amount of tissue being removed as well as if other attempts at reducing the pain have been attempted. For patients that are not accepted by insurance, we offer financing options. Our office staff would be happy to answer any of your financing or insurance questions.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Breast Reduction in Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line or the surrounding areas and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (610) 527-4833 to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor, Dr. Claytor.
“The experience with Dr. Claytor has been nothing but excellent, both the people and the results. He values each and every patient. I respect those doctors who are on time appointments. Hi amazing staff is just wonderful; kudos to Debbie, Emily and Heather. Night before my surgery, Dr. Claytor personally called me to answer any final questions and calm my anxiety about the procedures. When I got home, he called to check on me. I would recommend Dr. Claytor and his entire staff! You’ve changed my life for the better!”
“I would highly recommend Dr. Claytor. I am not a typical patient due to some clotting issues and have been turned down by other surgeons. Dr. Claytor took the time to consult with my patient doctors, kept me assured and relaxed during my clearances and delivered AMAZING RESULTS!! Immediately following my surgery I noticed my shoulder pain was gone!!! I love how my clothes fit; how I feel physically and the freedom from that pain. There are no real words to express my gratitude to Dr. Claytor.”
Dr. Claytor is an amazing surgeon and artist!
Dr. Claytor is an amazing surgeon. He is super intelligent, articulate, conservative, compassionate, and a perfectionist. I had my breasts reduced from a size DD to a size C via liposuction. My new breast size is absolutely proportionate with my body. My breasts look beautiful and fit perfectly in my bra, bathing suit, and sleeveless tops with no fatty flaps at all! I appear 10 pounds slimmer and I can now wear a size 6 dress that fits my waist, hips, and chest perfectly! The surgery was uncomplicated and my recovery was uneventful. In fact, I took only Tylenol for mild discomfort for two days post-op. I am so pleased with my new look! Thank you Dr. Claytor, Sharon, Debbie, Emily and the entire staff at Claytor/Noone. You are a very supportive and caring team. I would recommend you to my family and friends in a heartbeat!