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Breast Reduction in Birmingham AL

Smaller, Lighter and Firmer Breasts with Plastic Surgery

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Overly large and heavy breasts can affect women both physically and emotionally, causing pain and discomfort in addition to issues with their self-image. These women may suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain. They may also feel limited in their ability to participate in physical activities, perform daily tasks and lead an active life.

Breast Reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery makes the breasts smaller, lighter and firmer by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin. Achieving physical relief and a more proportionate breast size helps many women better enjoy physical activities and their daily lives.

Enhancing Your Quality of Life

Women pursue breast reduction for various reasons, but all with the goal of enhancing their overall quality of life:

  • Improved confidence and self-expression: Many women say they are more confident and more comfortable in their own bodies.
  • Easier to shop: Women often report that finding clothes that fit becomes much easier and they can shop at almost any store.
  • Back feels better: Women almost always report that smaller breasts significantly reduce back pain and give them more energy.
  • Bras don't hurt: Nearly all women experience a significant reduction in bra strap pain.
  • Exercise with ease: Women frustrated with overly large breasts can finally exercise in the way they want.
  • Skin feels better: Skin irritation under the breasts is significantly reduced.
  • Easier to breathe: Women find it easier to breathe with smaller, more proportionate breasts.

Breast Reduction Candidates

Ideal candidates for breast reduction are:

Many women struggle with the decision to have a breast reduction, but afterwards consider it one of the best decisions they ever made for themselves.

Your Breast Reduction Consultation

The success and safety of your breast reduction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss:

Your plastic surgeon will also:

Breast Reduction Risks and Safety

Your surgeon will review with you the relevant risks of breast reduction. You should feel free to ask any questions to help you understand the risks. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. You may be asked to sign a consent form to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Important considerations for breast reduction:

Breast reduction risks can include:

Preparing for Breast Reduction

Prior to breast reduction surgery, you may be asked to:

Breast reductions are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction involves making incisions on the breast skin to remove the excess breast tissue and skin, followed by reshaping and elevating to create a smaller, more proportionate bust size. In some cases, excess fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with the excision techniques. This surgery can also reduce the dark skin around the nipple called the areola.

The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual anatomy, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, personal preferences and the surgeon's advice.

Breast reduction surgery is performed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Breast Reduction Incisions

Breast reduction incision options include the lollipop incision and the keyhole incision.

Breast reduction areola incision locations
Breast Reduction lollipop incision
Breast reduction keyhole incision locations
Breast Reduction keyhole incision

Tissue Removal and Repositioning

After the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned. The nipple remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply. If necessary, the areola diameter is reduced by removing skin around the perimeter. Underlying breast tissue is reduced and the remaining breast tissue is lifted and shaped.

With extremely large breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed completely and then repositioned to a higher position on the breast (called a free nipple graft). In this case, the nipple and areola will not have sensation after the operation and it will take longer to heal.

Closing the Incisions

The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade over time.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Following your surgery, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the reconstructed breast. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. A pain pump may also be used to reduce the need for narcotics.

Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for yourself. These instructions may include:

Postoperative swelling and bruising may initially obscure the final results. Full recovery can take several months.

The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, motion, swelling or abrasion during the time of healing.

Breast Reduction Recovery Timeline

  • Week 1 — Monitor pain, swelling and bruising (medication may be required); significantly limit your activity.
  • Week 2-3 — You will start to feel much better; return to work (depending on your job); limit exercise and activities.
  • Week 4-5 — Continue to wear a support bra; increase activity; continue to be gentle with your breasts.
  • Week 6 and beyond — Continue to perform breast self-examination; schedule routine mammograms; discuss scar optimization and resumption of normal activity with your surgeon.

Breast Reduction Results

The results of breast reduction surgery with Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn or Dr. Joshua Halka will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction.

The immediate results of breast reduction surgery can include:

Over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.

Breast Reduction Words to Know

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Results with Breast Reduction are smaller, more convenient and comfortable breasts in better proportion to your body.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
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Questions About Breast Enhancement?

Contact Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery today to learn more about lighter and better proportioned breasts with Breast Reduction in Birmingham, Alabama.

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