What is a

Breast Reduction?

Breasts that are too large for a woman’s frame can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable leading to self-consciousness, neck, back and shoulder pain, poor posture and even difficulty breathing. Breast reduction surgery involves removing breast tissue to make the breasts smaller and reshaping them for enhanced comfort and improved balance and lift.

Benefits

of a Breast Reduction

Alleviates physical discomfort, such as neck and shoulder pain, caused by the extra weight of the breasts

Improves the shape of the breasts and gives them a lifted, perkier appearance

Allows you to comfortably enjoy activities like running and other forms of exercise

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Before + After

Results

This 32-year-old mother of two noticed a loss of volume and sagging in her breasts after the birth of her second child. She was experiencing back pain and wanted to reclaim her pre-pregnancy shape. Dr. Jung used a short scar technique to raise the nipples and recontour her breasts. The patient went from a D cup to a full B cup. She was ecstatic with the shapelier, more lifted look and with the fact that her back and neck pain were relieved.

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Treatment

Considerations

You’ll have a consultation with Dr. Jung where he’ll examine you and assess the nature of your breasts, discuss your expectations and goals and explain how the procedure will work and the probable outcome. He’ll even show you before and after photos of patients with similar breasts to yours so you can get a feel for what your reduction will look like.

Breast reductions are performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia and will take two to four hours depending on how complex your case is. The most common approach is using the “anchor” incision. With this technique, the first incision is made around the areola, the second runs vertically from the areola down to the breast crease and the third follows the horizontal breast crease. Through the incisions, Dr. Jung removes excess skin and breast tissue, resizes the areola if necessary and repositions and reshapes the breast tissue. The nipple and breast tissue are lifted into a higher position and secured with sutures.

Other techniques, such as the “lollipop” incision, which avoids the horizontal incision beneath the breast, and the peri- areolar, or “donut” incision, which involves an incision around the areola only, could also potentially be used. Depending on the shape and amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed, Dr. Jung will tailor the surgery and incisions to minimize scarring and create the most appealing shape for the breasts.

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Pre + Post

Op Care

Dr. Jung will let you know exactly what you’ll need to do in the days and hours leading up to surgery. After the procedure, we recommend bed rest for the first day and encourage patients to sleep on their backs to avoid pressure on the breasts. You may be asked to wear a post-surgical garment or surgical dressings for a few days after your breast reduction. We’ll remove the sutures within one to two weeks. The majority of the discomfort associated with your breast surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Jung. He may also prescribe antibiotics as well. Most women experience some swelling, tenderness and bruising for up to six weeks, however, patients typically return to work within the first week.

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