Breast Reduction Seattle Area
Surgery Type: Breast Reduction
After Photos Taken At: 8 1/2 weeks
Description: 73-year-old female, 5’3” 140 lbs. 36DDD. Patient presented with back pain that she has had for 40 years, along with pain in the areas of her shoulders and neck. Prior physical therapy has helped only temporarily. Treatment was a breast reduction. Her neck, shoulder and back pain has resolved and she is pleased with her new smaller breasts which are in better proportion to her body frame.
Surgery Type: Breast Reduction (Mastopexy with minor reduction)
After Photos Taken At: 6 weeks
Description: 47-year-old female, 5’2”, 142 lbs wearing a 40DD. Patient was definitely interested in breast lifting. Her main complaints were sagging and breast width. She’d like to remain about a D but would prefer better proportion in relation to her narrow waist and hips. She had a breast lift with some volume reduction mainly on the outside of her breasts to improve shape and symmetry.
Surgery Type: Unilateral Breast Reduction to correct for Asymmetry
After Photos Taken At: 8 weeks
Description: 18 year old female with breast asymmetry. She is 5′ 5″ weighing 138 lbs. She wears a 36 – 38 C to accommodate her left breast but that size is too large for her right breast. She desired a reduction of her left breast as she prefers the size of her right. Breast Reduction performed on the left side only.
Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience a variety of medical problems as a result of the excessive weight of their breasts. Reducing breast volume can often alleviate these problems, which range from back, shoulder and neck pain to skin irritation and occasionally breathing problems.
The reduction procedure removes fat, glandular (breast) tissue, and skin from the breasts, lifting them and making them smaller and firmer. Breast reduction is usually done for medical reasons, with the overall goal to decrease pain and other symptoms. It can also be performed for cosmetic reasons for better proportion or personal preference. It results in smaller breasts with improved shape that are in proportion with your body frame. This may also relieve self-consciousness, allow for increased participation in sports and other physical activities and provide a wider range of clothing options with appropriate fit.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the basics of the procedure remain the same. Dr. Burnett will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin, and will relocate the nipple to a new position. The nipple/areola remains attached to the breast and is moved upward with it. The procedure is the same as that used for breast lifts and usually maintains nipple sensitivity and the ability to breast feed if these are present preoperatively.
You will probably be uncomfortable for the first week or so after surgery. Dr. Burnett will prescribe medication to manage this.
You should avoid raising your arms above your shoulders for three to four weeks to avoid stretching and widening your incisions.
The stitches will be entirely removed in 2 – 3 weeks after surgery, but you’ll need to wear a sports bra, except while showering, around the clock for 4 weeks to support your breasts and limit scarring.
Stitches will be covered by surgical tape that will stay on until the sutures are removed or dissolve. You do not need to do anything to take care of the incisions.