Breast Reduction Overview
Breast reduction surgery allows our Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, to deliver more natural and beautiful breasts to patients suffering from excessively large breasts. Over the years, our practice has been able to consult and deliver excellent results to countless individuals desiring smaller, shapelier breasts, as well as provide relief to those who experience the discomfort that large, heavy breasts can cause. Breast reduction surgery works by intelligently removing undue breast tissue and skin, ultimately leading women to enhance their shape and aesthetic size while spending less time frustrated with painful symptoms and the inability to wear certain clothes or perform specific exercises.
Breast reduction is usually performed after breast development has stopped, since childbirth and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of the breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction surgery before having children. Overall, the best candidates for this surgery are women that demonstrate:
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to a woman’s body frame
- Back, neck and/or shoulder pain aggravated by the weight of the breasts
- Indentions (grooving) in their shoulders from tight bra straps
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Love my Breast Reduction! - After researching plastic surgeons for breast reduction surgery, I choose Dr. Steven J. White. My first appointment with Dr. White reinforced my decision to choose him for this life altering procedure because he and his staff are welcoming, warm, and knowledgeable. Dr. White communicated all aspects of the surgical procedure verbally, as well as written. Having the written detailed instructions for a resource before and after surgery was greatly appreciated. I referred to them numerous times in order to make sure I was doing what was needed and for reassurance. Of course, all calls are welcomed. I felt I had the best of care and was impressed with Dr. White's compassionate bedside manner. I never felt that he was rushed and always respectful of my concerns. Dr. White is a trustworthy, competent doctor that takes pride in his work and in his patients. I will certainly recommend Dr. White to others and look forward to my next procedure. Love having the breast reduction!"- V.T. / Vitals / Jan 06, 2015
"I am extremely pleased with my breast reduction that was performed by Dr. White. The results have surpassed my expectations by far --- and for that I am very grateful. I was a little nervous going into this surgery because I have two family members (mother and aunt) that had this same procedure (by other doctors) and they both had horrible experiences, so obviously it was very important to pick the best doctor. I started doing research and going on appointments months before my surgery to ensure that I made the right decision. From the first time I met Dr. White, I knew he was going to be my surgeon. There are many things that stand out about him, but the most obvious to me was that he really cares about all of his clients --- which makes all the difference. Thank you for everything Dr. White!"- A. F. / Office Visit / Jan 08, 2007
"I am completely thrilled with the results of my breast reduction surgery. I started out with extremely large breasts, and I am so pleased that Dr. White was able to make them the size I wanted and, at the same time, achieve such a natural-looking result. He takes great care to make things perfect, and he does an exceptional job. Although I still have some healing to do, I can tell that the scars are going to be so minimal that they will probably go unnoticed. In addition to his surgical expertise, Dr. White has an outstanding manner with his patients. I don't think I have ever had a better doctor/patient relationship. He truly cares about his patients and their well-being. He spends as much time as is needed to answer questions and his follow-up after surgery is exceptional. I have never encountered a more personable doctor. I very much appreciate all he has done to help me achieve the physical result I wanted. I have found self-confidence I never thought I would find, and I actually feel good about the way I look!"- B. B. / Office Visit / Mar 06, 2013
"From the moment I met with Dr. White, I was sold. I had been to another doctor but was not impressed with his work. Dr. White seems to be a perfectionist and really gets into his work. He wants what is best for his patient. Since my surgery, I've seen Dr. White at least once a week, just to see how I'm healing. I've talked to friends who have had the same surgery but who have not healed as quickly as I have. It's been only 4 weeks and my scars are almost gone. I feel like a new person! This was my very first surgery and I went in without a worry in the world. Dr. White assured me that he would take good care of me. I was up and ready to go in a few days when I thought I wouldn't be about for weeks. Dr. White came to check on me the night of my surgery and the next day. The nurses were even impressed with that --- they said you rarely find doctors who do that. He really cares. I would recommend that everyone chose this doctor. Thanks Dr. White!"- J. J. / Office Visit / Feb 18, 2009
"Thank you so much for changing my life! You are a wonderful doctor. You have taken such great care of me. I followed all your instructions for my recovery and my results are wonderful --- just perfect! Thanks from the heart."- D. S. / Office Visit / Feb 16, 2006
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
During breast reduction surgery, liposuction is often a part of the process. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Our doctor is very careful to ensure that this risk is minimized as much as possible. We will remove the extra loose skin and tightened the underlying to form the newly shaped breasts. During surgery, we may use one of the following incision patterns:
- One around the areola
- One vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease
- One horizontally in the breast crease
What to Expect with Breast Reduction
After breast reduction surgery, patients will immediately feel lighter on top. The amount of breast tissue removed during surgery will be based on the initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size. For the first several weeks, our doctor will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Nipple sensitivity will return gradually within the first year.
Breast Reduction Expected Cost
There are many factors associated with a breast reduction procedure that may adjust the overall cost. Some of these factors include additional techniques used such as liposuction, a breast lift, etc. Because many patients suffer medical problems due to having heavier, large breasts, insurance typically does cover a portion of this cost. However, it is not guaranteed. Our office will work to makes sure that if coverage is valid, it is applied accordingly.
Redefine Your Breasts Today!
If you suffer from heavy, large breasts and are considering breasts reduction surgery to help eliminate symptoms, please contact our plastic surgery office today. This procedure not only gives you relief from the discomfort of having excessively large breasts, but it allows you to wear the clothes you have always desired and to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-5 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient