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Breast Reduction in Austin, TX

Schedule your breast reduction consultation with Dr. Pearce in Austin, Texas, to enhance your breast size and shape for a more attractive silhouette.

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Some women with overly large breasts discover that their breasts diminish their self-esteem and interfere with their day-to-day activities, which can contribute to a diminished quality of life. This may be due to physical, social, or cosmetic concerns that overly large breasts exacerbate.

Fortunately, breast reduction surgery can reduce large breasts to the size and weight that patients prefer.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

Physical Benefits

Oversized breasts can cause several physical conditions, such as back, shoulder, neck, and chest pain. They may also prevent women from exercising fully and—in extreme cases—limit mobility entirely. Breast reduction removes excess tissue, therefore eliminating the underlying cause of these concerns. This allows women to experience less breast-related discomfort.

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Social Benefits

Many women find that overly large breasts attract unwanted social attention, especially when they developed at a younger age. This attention can result in significant and lasting self-esteem and self-image insecurities. Breast reduction can help restore a balanced body frame, which may ease your comfort with social interactions.

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Cosmetic Benefits

Breast reduction surgery adjusts the size and shape of the breasts to provide patients the bust they desire. Most women are entirely satisfied with their new physical appearance after a breast reduction procedure. Since this surgery balances out body proportions, women will likely feel more comfortable in their skin and have an easier time finding clothing that fits.

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How Is Breast Reduction Performed?

  • What Is Discussed During My Breast Reduction Consultation?

    When considering breast reduction, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Pearce. Dr. Pearce will evaluate your physical condition and answer any questions you have about the operation. He will ensure you understand how breast reduction is performed and that your expectations are realistic.

    After your consultation, Dr. Pearce will provide a personalized price quote based on your specific circumstances.

  • What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for Breast Reduction?

    Patients will be placed under general anesthesia during their breast surgery. This ensures that they will feel no pain during the operation. Women with a history of reactions to general anesthesia should inform Dr. Pearce of these concerns during their consultation.

  • Where Will My Breast Reduction Incisions Be?

    There are three types of incisions used for breast reduction, determined by the amount of tissue needing removal. Dr. Pearce will use the incision type he believes will best suit his patient’s goals.

    • The Donut Incision

      • This incision option makes two concentric circles around the areola. The section of skin between these incisions is removed as well as excess breast tissue. The donut incision is best for women looking for a minor reduction.
    • The Lollipop Incision

      • This option adds an additional incision from the areola complex down the breast’s lower pole to the crease above the rib cage. The lollipop incision allows for a more significant reduction than the donut incision but may result in more visible scarring.
    • The Anchor Incision

      • This technique follows the incision path of the lollipop technique but adds an additional incision along the lower breast crease (inframammary fold). The anchor technique is used for significant reductions and will result in more extensive scarring. However, with post-operative care, the scars will be well-concealed.
  • How Is My Breast Tissue Removed?

    After the incision is made, your surgeon will remove excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast. This may incorporate liposuction of the surrounding areas, if necessary.

    Stitches are used to seal the incisions after the excess tissue and fat are removed.

  • What Combination Procedures Work Well With Breast Reduction?

    A breast reduction can be combined with other cosmetic surgery options, such as body contouring surgeries like tummy tuck or arm lift surgery. However, the most commonly combined procedure is the breast lift. Nearly every breast reduction requires a lift. The only exception may be a younger woman who only desired a minor reduction and presented no breast ptosis (sagging).

    Breast lift surgery removes excess skin from the breast and tightens the breast tissues, creating a firmer and perkier breast.

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Have More Concerns About Breast Reduction?

Recovery

Patients should anticipate needing one to two weeks off of work following breast surgery. During the breast reduction recovery period, patients should refrain from physically demanding tasks. Most patients can resume rigorous activities after six weeks.

Pain

Women should expect mild to moderate discomfort during their recovery, especially in the first two to three days. Most patients manage these symptoms with prescribed pain medication and proper compression garments.

Scars

Breast reduction surgery will leave scars, but the natural creases and coloration of the breast will conceal many of them. All breast reduction scars will fade over time, which can be expedited with proper care and scar-fading treatments.

Results

The initial results of a breast reduction will be visible within six weeks as post-operative swelling fades. Final results may take up to six months to fully develop.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction in Austin?

If you are unhappy with the large size of your breasts, you are a potential breast reduction candidate. Ideal candidates will be in good health with realistic expectations for their results.


How much does a breast reduction cost in Austin?

The cost of your breast reduction will vary depending on the techniques performed and the surgeon, facility, and anesthesiologist’s fees. Dr. Pearce will give you a personalized breast reduction cost estimate following your consultation.


How should I prepare for my breast reduction consultation?

When planning breast surgery, it helps if you know what you want. Patients should know how much reduction they want and if they desire any combination procedures. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results.


How many cup sizes can I lose during my breast reduction?

Every patient is unique, and every bra company sizes its bras differently. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine the exact number of “cup sizes” that will be lost.

Dr. Pearce will determine how much tissue can be removed during your consultation. This will be based on a combination of your surgical goals and his expert knowledge.


Are breast reduction results permanent?

Many women experience long-lasting results after breast reduction; however, this surgery is not necessarily permanent. Factors such as weight gain, subsequent pregnancies, hormonal changes, and natural aging can influence and interfere with the longevity of the results.

Therefore, Dr. Pearce recommends that patients undergo breast reduction after having children when they are at a stable weight.


What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Pearce will discuss a patient’s overall health to develop the safest treatment plan possible. Some of the possible risks associated with breast reduction include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection 
  • Numbness or changes in breast sensation 
  • Trouble breastfeeding
  • Unwanted scarring

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