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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Lefkowitz can help restore comfort, proportion, and balance in your life by creating a breast more suitable to your overall body.

About the Procedure

During your initial consultations with Dr. Lefkowitz, you will discuss your aesthetic desires and goals. He will carefully examine your breasts and body, taking special note of the amount of excess breast tissue, breast shape, size, nipple position, symmetry, and skin quality. Dr. Lefkowitz will then work with you to design a custom treatment plan.

The incisions required for a breast reduction vary depending upon the amount of excess tissue to be removed, the amount of breast and nipple lift needed, as well as your skin elasticity. Dr. Lefkowitz strives to use the fewest incisions necessary to achieve the best result. When appropriate, incisions are made around the areola with the addition of a small vertical incision beneath it. If there is severe drooping of the breast or a large amount of tissue needs to be removed, a horizontal incision within the natural crease may be added to eliminate excess skin and tissue. Breast reduction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory surgery center and, depending on your particular needs, typically takes anywhere from two to four hours. However, Dr. Lefkowitz will always spend as much time as needed to achieve the most balanced and beautiful results.

Recovery

Most patients experience only mild discomfort following a breast reduction. Some swelling and bruising is expected and normal after surgery. You will be given prescriptions to help ease the healing process.

You are encouraged to go out to dinner that night after surgery. You are fitted with a sports bra immediately after surgery for your comfort during the healing process. Most clients allow seven days for recovery, although you may return to work in as few as five days. Returning to light aerobic exercise (elliptical, walking, recumbent bike) after 14 days is recommended, gradually increasing intensity over the next three to four weeks.

Dr. Lefkowitz believes continuing care is essential. He will advise you through all phases of the recovery process and general breast health issues.

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