Breast Reduction Say Goodbye to Overly Large Breasts

Women who have very large breasts that are disproportionate to the rest of their body oftentimes complain of back and neck pain, breathing problems, and slumped posture. When one considers the impact these issues can have on one’s quality of life, it’s clear why so many women opt for breast reduction surgery. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are extensively skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons who are ready to alleviate the physical problems associated with overly large breasts. To learn more, reach out to the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and set up your consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Washington DC.

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Addressing Your Physical and Cosmetic Concerns

Cosmetic surgeons have developed an amazing breast reduction technique that alleviates many of the physical issues associated with overly large breasts by removing excess fat, skin, and tissues. This results in breasts that are smaller, firmer, and ultimately lighter.

You’ll enjoy breasts that are proportionate to your body type and scale, making this a great way to address both the physical and cosmetic concerns that can come along with breasts that are too large for your frame.

Not only can a breast reduction help you by relieving discomfort and pain that can come as a result of issues like back problems and skin chafing, but the breast reduction is also a great way to better fit into your preferred outfits, thanks to a more proportionate frame.

Is Breast Reduction Right for Me?

As with any cosmetic enhancement surgery, you should first consider your motivations for surgery to be sure that you’re choosing surgery for yourself and not to fulfill someone else’s desires or expectations of you or your body. Breast reduction is a very personal choice, and any decision for surgery should come after careful consideration of all the facts and emotions involved. During your consultation, Dr. Sundin will help you evaluate your options, and guide you to the decision that is ultimately best for you, your cosmetic goals, and your overall lifestyle.

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The Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction can help you if you:

  • Suffer chronic back and neck pain
  • Suffer from kyphosis, or the rounding of the upper back and cervical spine because of over-compensation due to breast weight
  • Have breathing problems such as heaviness or shortness of breath  
  • Maintain good physical health and weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are ready to enjoy a more proportionate frame

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Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Consultation

In order to create the best possible results from your breast reduction surgery, it is important that your surgeon consults with you to discuss your desires and expectations, as well as how breast reduction surgery will impact your health, lifestyle, and general well-being. We recommend preparing for your consultation by considering the following:

  • Your general medical history, including any genetic propensity for breast cancer, results of previous mammograms, and any previous surgeries
  • Any use of tobacco or other drugs
  • A detailed account of current prescription medications, supplements (vitamins or others) that you take
  • Your motivations and expectations for surgery

During Your Consultation with Dr. Sundin

Your preoperative consultation is an incredibly important part of the breast reduction process, offering Dr. Sundin an opportunity to get to know you and your goals, while also giving you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may want to have answered. We’re here to help you enjoy total peace of mind as you get ready for your incredible results.

Your consultation will start with a thorough evaluation of your health and a careful examination of your breasts. Dr. Sundin will take into account their size and shape, photographing them for reference as he gets ready to design your treatment plan. You’ll talk over the surgical options that are available to you as Dr. Sundin recommends a course of treatment.

At this point, you’ll go over the details of your procedure. You’ll talk through the surgery itself, going over things like duration and incision placement, while also discussing the potential risks and complications. You’ll be given detailed pre- and post-operative instructions, along with a thorough timeline that details your recovery period experience.

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Important Questions

Your consultation gives you the chance to learn everything you might want to know about not only the procedure but the doctor who will be performing it. Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin are here to ensure that you have all of your questions answered, and will make themselves available to you before your procedure.

Here are some of the questions that we find patients benefit from the most:

  • Where will I recover directly after surgery?
  • Will I be prescribed any post-surgery medications?
  • How often do my bandages need to be changed? 
  • When will my bandages be permanently removed?
  • When will the stitches be removed?
  • How soon will I need to return for a follow-up visit?

Choosing the Procedure That’s Right for You

There are a number of surgical procedures that target specific issues with the breasts. Breast reduction specifically addresses issues that can be brought on by breasts that are too large for your body’s frame, reducing the physical size of your breasts without making them fuller and rounder or guaranteeing the removal of stretch marks. 

If you’re interested in addressing additional issues, we might suggest a breast lift in conjunction with your breast reduction, to truly achieve the results you are looking for. Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin are extensively experienced in breast and body procedures and can talk to you about customizing your results during your preoperative consultation.

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Preparing for Your Breast Reduction Surgery

In the weeks before your breast reduction in Richmond, Northern Virginia, your surgeon may request

  • Further laboratory testing or medical evaluations
  • Adjusting current prescriptions
  • That you get a mammogram pre and post-surgery to document any changes in breast tissues
  • That you avoid the consumption of alcohol and drugs 
  • Abstinence from smoking for a certain period of time
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Your Breast Reduction Experience

Breast reduction is typically performed on an outpatient basis, in an accredited, office-based surgical center; outpatient ambulatory surgical center; or hospital. Depending on your individual circumstances, Dr. Sundin will suggest either intravenous or general anesthesia. Surgeons generally choose to make their incisions around the circumference of the areola and straight down from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, which allows most of the incisions to be hidden in the natural creases of the breast. Excess fat and breast tissues are then removed and the excess skin is trimmed. Finally, the nipple and areola area is trimmed and repositioned to match the proportion and scale of the newly reduced breast.

Once the procedure has been completed, the incisions are closed with layered sutures and surgical tape. The breast reduction procedure is unique in that scarring from incisions is, indeed, noticeable on the surface of the breast due to the nature of the procedure.

Even though these scar lines will not fade completely, they will become flush and fade significantly over time. During your consultation, Dr. Sundin will give you a very clear idea of what you can expect in terms of post-surgical scarring.

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Minimizing Your Risks

Ultimately, the decision to undergo the breast reduction procedure is yours alone. After careful consideration of both the risks and benefits of surgery, you’ll have to weigh the risks against the potential benefits to make an informed decision that you can live with. Your health care professional will go over all potential risks of surgery and will make themselves available to answer any and all of your questions. In addition, if you plan on becoming pregnant after your surgery, it is important to know that pregnancy and childbirth may have adverse effects on the results of your breast reduction. It may also interfere with or prevent future breastfeeding. Worth noting is that selecting an extensively-experienced and highly trained surgeon—like Dr. Burton or Dr. Reps Sundin—gives you the chance to significantly mitigate the potential for these complications.

Here is a listing of some of the risks associated with reduction mammaplasty:

  • Adverse scarring
  • Excessive bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Complications associated with scar healing, including pain associated with surgery
  • Potential loss of breast sensation, which can be either permanent or temporary
  • Potential risks of anesthesia use
  • Blood clots
  • Possibility of loss of sensation in part or all of nipple and/or areola

Your Rest and Recovery after the Breast Reduction Procedure

Recovery from reduction mammaplasty surgery is a very individualized process, but there are some common effects one can expect. Bruising and swelling are, of course, normal. Recovery time is different for everyone, but a minimum of three to five days of resting with very little physical activity is recommended. In addition, observance of 10 to 14 days without strenuous physical exercise is essential, in order for the incisions to heal and swelling to reduce. Increasing your fluid intake and mild exercise such as easy walking is recommended. Finally, it is important that no heavy lifting and no lifting above the head be performed from four to six weeks after surgery.

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Maintaining Your Comfort

After any surgery, it is important to closely monitor how you feel. Varying degrees of pain are certainly to be expected, but if you experience any kind of tightness or shortness of breath, pains deep in your chest, or an irregular heartbeat, you contact your doctor immediately. 

To avoid complications, it is of paramount importance that you strictly follow the post-surgical instructions that Dr. Sundin and his team will provide you before your procedure.

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Discover the Curves You Deserve

Overly large breasts can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but they absolutely don’t have to be a permanent fact of life. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin share not only a brotherly bond but also a combined 30 years of surgical experience. Their commitment to professionalism is evident in their exemplary results, and they’re excited to learn more about how they can create your ideal curves. To get started, reach out and set up your consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Washington DC.

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