Breast Reduction FAQ

Q. Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
A. Any woman who is thinking about reducing the size of her breasts can consider a breast reduction.  Your breasts should be fully developed before undergoing this procedure.  You should be healthy enough to have surgery and must not smoke for at least three months before the procedure.  You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if your breasts: cause pain in your back, neck, or shoulders; limit your ability to exercise; create grooves from your bra straps; cause skin irritation beneath the breast fold; or make you feel self-conscious because you think they are too large.

Q. Which breast reduction procedure is best for me?
A. There are a number of incision types used in performing a  breast reduction.  The best one for you will depend on the amount of tissue being removed and whether or not the nipple needs to be moved.  Common incisions include circular, keyhole or lollipop-shaped, and inverted T or anchor-shaped.  You can decide on which technique is right for you during your consultation with Dr. Davidson.

Q. Can breast reduction be combined with other procedures?
A. Yes.  In many cases, it is quite common for women who undergo a breast reduction to have a breast lift performed at the same time.  The two procedures are similar; both involve the excision of some skin, although a breast reduction also involves the removal of fat and glandular tissue.  The combined procedure does not have an increased recovery time, one of the many advantages of having multiple surgeries performed at once.  Other women choose to undergo a tummy tuck, liposuction, or another unrelated procedure at the same time as their breast reduction.

Q. How should I prepare for my breast reduction?
A. Like other surgical procedures, a breast reduction requires that you follow your doctor's instructions in order to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly.  Women older than 40 years-old  must undergo a mammogram before having a breast reduction.  In most cases, you will be prescribed antibiotics before your procedure.  You should refrain from taking certain medications – including aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain supplements – for three weeks before your breast reduction, as these can make you more susceptible to bleeding.  You should also avoid alcohol and tobacco products prior to your operation.  Dr. Davidson can advise you on how to adequately prepare for your breast reduction.

Q. How long before I can see the results of my breast reduction?
A. Since the tissue is removed, the results of your breast reduction should be immediately apparent.  You should literally feel as if a weight has been taken off your shoulders, because it has.  Once the bandages come off, during the first week, you will be able to get a look at your new breasts.  Swelling, bruising, and scarring can distort your results at first.  The bruising and swelling usually subside within the first few weeks.  Scarring can take longer to resolve, but it is usually much improved  within the first six months.