About Breast Reduction Surgery
Many women believe that the ideal result of cosmetic surgery is to leave a plastic surgeon’s office with larger breasts, which is fine. However, if you are a woman who has naturally large, pendulous breasts, you may benefit from a breast reduction. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul S. Gill, understands that everyday life can be difficult for you physically and emotionally. At The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we hold consultations for women of all ages, sizes, shapes, and levels of need for breast reduction surgery.
Also known as a reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes skin, fat, and breast tissue to decrease the size, shape, and weight of each breast that limit social, functional, and physical movement. There are many factors besides aesthetic appearance for a breast reduction, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Heavy breasts can also cause a slumped posture, indentations on the shoulders from bra straps, mild to severe skin irritations/infections, and chronic rashes beneath and between the breasts. Dr. Gill performs breast reduction surgery to alleviate these types of problems that are weighing you down. A breast reduction procedure can alleviate a variety of symptoms. At The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, our plastic surgery team is knowledgeable and caring and will communicate with you on everything you need to know about the breast reduction process. To arrange your private appointment, contact our office in The Woodlands, TX today.
When you have oversized breasts, you will present poor posture, rashes underneath the breasts, bra strap marks, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. Additionally, it can be difficult to perform physical activities, find clothes that fit comfortably, and feel confident in public. To be considered a candidate for a breast reduction, you will need to have a consultation with Dr. Gill where he can examine your breasts in person. He will discuss your health and weight history, ask about your lifestyle, and get to know you better. Other factors that contribute to the need for a breast reduction may be that one breast is larger than the other, or the breasts are so heavy that the nipples point downward. Dr. Gill can design a treatment plan based on your level of need for a reduction and what type of techniques he can use to make your breasts better for your overall health, not just for aesthetic appearance.
"Dr. Gill and his staff are amazing! This was my first procedure and everyone made be feel comfortable with the it as well as an overall confidence in the practice. I knew as soon as I left my first consultation that I was going to choose Dr. Gill. The aftercare has been impeccable as well. They have been quick and courteous to answer any and all of my (many) questions both pre- and post-op. I have always been treated with respect and I truly feel comfortable talking with everyone in the office.I could keep going on and on, but in the end, I am extremely happy with my results and the entire process. I would highly recommend Dr. Gill to anyone who asked and have already recommended him to my friends!"- L.S. / Google / Jan 11, 2019
"Dr. Gill and his staff were amazing. They made me feel so comfortable and were there for me every step of the way. I would definitely recommend them to anyone."- K.R. / Google / Jan 09, 2019
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for doing such a wonderful job on my surgery a couple of months ago. This was something I thought about doing for a long time and I'm glad I finally did it. My results are great and it was worth doing it. So a big thank you to you and your wonderful staff. I would recommend your services to anyone looking for a more comfortable living with their body.Thank you again for the wonderful care."- E.D. / Google / Dec 27, 2018
"While investigating services I interviewed a half dozen doctors from referrals. I was very impressed with the Gill office professionalism, hospitality, time, and service. I was always warmly welcomed, attended to quickly, and never rushed. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"- V.L. / Google / Dec 22, 2018
"Dr. Gill and his staff were very caring and concerned about me and my procedure throughout the entire process. Everything went very well and I am beyond happy and excited about my outcome. I get many compliments, and am very proud to refer friends to Dr. Gill. Thank you so much!"- C.C. / Google / Dec 18, 2018
In an outpatient setting, a breast reduction surgery can be performed by Dr. Gill in 2 – 4 hours with you under a general anesthetic. To begin your surgery, Dr. Gill will make an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease through which he will remove extra skin, tissue, and fat. Then, he will use skin and tissue tightening techniques, like excision and liposuction. The nipple will then be reshaped and elevated to a higher position. Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Gill will close your incisions with sutures and cover it with a sterile dressing. In some cases, a small, tube-like draining device will be inserted near the incision area to relieve the pressure and reduce bleeding and swelling. After you are awake in recovery, one of our post-operation nurses will help you into a special compression bra that will hold your breasts in place while you heal.
What to Expect
Breast support is an important aspect throughout the breast reduction recovery process. It will be vital to make sure that your breasts are properly supported during this period since the tissues will be weak and will be settling into their new positions. To help support your breasts, your post-surgical bra should be worn for around 1 – 2 weeks of breast reduction recovery. This garment will be free of an underwire to ensure comfortable healing. Not only does it offer your breasts support, but the bra will also help control post-operative swelling. Any pain you may experience may be managed with medication, and the swelling and bruising you may see are temporary. Changes in nipple and breast sensation caused by swelling may also be apparent during this time.
After a breast reduction, many of our patients say they feel less weighed down and more comfortable in their own body. Following surgical breast reduction, you can expect that you will be able to wear the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new figure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Your cost for breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. Gill in your consultation. Once he has created your treatment plan, it will be easier to calculate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, and more. Breast reduction surgery usually leads to a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, which is why we will do our best to assist you in finding financial assistance, such as low-interest financing for what your insurance will not cover.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance might pay part of the cost of your surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. Gill so he can help with your claim. There will probably be a considerable amount of documentation on your condition and lots of paperwork to fill out. You should contact your health insurance provider to find out if your policy might pay for the surgery and the exact information they require. Your insurance might need vital measurements, like your weight, height, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI).
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a new position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of tissue and skin is eliminated, your nipple-areola complex may be cut out and relocated. Dr. Gill will select an incision technique so that the areola and nipples are accessible for elevation. It's also possible for Dr. Gill to perform an areolatome to reduce the size of the areolas in a consistent shape. Your options will be explained in your consultation before Dr. Gill designs the best plan to match your objectives.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Gill suggests that patients be done with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get smaller or bigger with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy weight prior to your surgery that you can easily maintain. In your consultation, Dr. Gill will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,500 - $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 4 - 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Scale Back Your Bustline
Dr. Gill has helped so many women regain their body, mind, and spirit for a more engaging life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your consultation at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Gill will go over all of the steps of a customized surgical plan to fit your needs. There's no reason to continue simply accepting the lack of confidence or discomfort that can accompany large breasts. Please call our office in The Woodlands, TX to discover more about this life-changing breast reduction surgery.