Breast Reduction in Pittsburgh, PA

A breast reduction is another option for a natural-looking breast enhancement. Breast reductions offer an effective way to reduce breast size. Oversized breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems. A breast reduction surgery can eliminate these problems.

In addition to the physical constraints that overly large breasts can cause, there are also emotional and social difficulties a woman can experience. Luckily, breast reductions are being performed in a safe and effective manner, allowing women to be relieved of the excess weight, pain, and self-consciousness. Although it can take months to reach full recovery from a breast reduction, many women find that the change in appearance results in a dramatic positive shift in body image. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we strive to help you improve your health and wellness with this procedure.

What Is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, removes excess tissue from the breast area. This procedure will also rid of extra skin and fat where needed. The goal is to achieve a breast size that is more proportional to the body. Because the tissue is discarded, doctors will often need to realign the nipple and areola and shift them to a higher position. Sometimes the areola will be adjusted in size, as well.

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Who Benefits from a Breast Reduction?

Women decide to have a breast reduction for several reasons. Some have the procedure done because of self-image, and others have it for medical reasons. Many patients who come to us have suffered for years with large breasts that are heavy and cause stress on their lower back and neck. They find that certain exercises and movements are particularly difficult to perform and cause a great deal of discomfort. Other issues may include rash or irritation under the breasts, grooves in the skin from bra strap pressure, difficulty fitting into bras and other clothing, and trouble sleeping.

Questions to Ask When Considering a Breast Reduction

There are a few questions you should ask yourself when considering a breast reduction. Do you suffer from any of the issues discussed above? Does one breast hang lower than the other? Do your areolas and nipples face downward? Are your breasts fully developed? If you are experiencing poor posture or back, neck, and shoulder pain because of the large size of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction. Women who are planning to become pregnant or who desire more children should be informed that having a breast reduction at this time may cause unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Many women decide to proceed with the surgery after a consultation. If you are planning to breastfeed, please also discuss this with your doctor. If your breasts are not yet fully developed, it is advised that you wait to have the procedure.

Types and Techniques of Breast Reduction Surgery

There are several methods to choose from when it comes to a reduction mammaplasty. Each type differs in terms of how the tissue is accessed and the kind of scar it leaves. During your consultation, the doctor will examine you and discuss the various techniques. Your surgeon will recommend a method based on factors like weight, body type, and your general health.

Inverted “T” or Anchor – The surgeon will make three incisions: one around the areola, one from the areola to the breast crease, and another along the breast crease. This technique is most common for women that need a significant reduction or who have significant sagging since it gives doctors the most room for reshaping and tissue removal. Scarring is minimal and can be easily hidden by a bra or bikini top.

Vertical Incision – This technique involves two incisions and is most popular for women who need a more moderate reduction. The surgeon will make one incision around the areola and another vertically from the areola to the crease in the breast. Scarring for this technique is easily hidden with the bra or bikini top.

Scar-less Reduction – This technique is the least invasive and reduces the size of the breasts by strictly using liposuction. The procedure itself is shorter than other methods, and the scars are virtually undetectable since it requires only a single quarter-inch incision that can be placed very inconspicuously. The surgeon will evaluate the elasticity of the skin, the amount of sagging, and the amount of fatty tissue. This type of reduction is ideal for women who need a slight to moderate breast reduction.

Pre and Post Operative Care

The breast reduction procedure is usually an outpatient surgery. Your doctor will give you special instructions to follow prior to surgery that will help to ensure you have a successful experience. The amount of time in surgery will vary depending on the technique and other factors. You should anticipate swelling and soreness after the procedure, and you will be prescribed pain medication to help make you comfortable while your breasts heal. Patients may require time off from work, but since each person heals differently, this should be evaluated on a case by case basis. However, most patients feel ready to return to work after about one week. Your doctor may have you refrain from exercise or any heavy movement other than walking for at least three to four weeks to ensure the incision sites are healing properly.

What to Expect from the Consultation

Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology has made it even easier for out-of-town patients to get a consultation with one of Pennsylvania’s largest plastic surgery practices. Dr. Brian Heil offers a consultation option through Aesthetic Link, a secure and private network that allows for the exchange of photographs and videos online. Just create an account on the platform to consult with the doctor.

Local patients are encouraged to come into the office for a consultation. Dr. Heil will discuss with you the procedure, techniques, and any concerns you may have. Please come prepared with your questions and personal inquiries about what you’d like to achieve with the breast reduction.

Meet Dr. Brian Heil of Premier Plastic Surgery

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Brian V. Heil, MD, FACS received his Doctorate of Medicine (Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha) and completed a five-year integrated residency training program in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Heil also participated as a fellow in one of the country’s top plastic surgery training programs, completing his research in microsurgery and thrombosis at the University Medical Center of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and many other associations.

In 2001, Dr. Heil founded Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, which has grown to be one of the largest plastic surgery practices in Pennsylvania, having now expanded to four locations.

Financing Options

We have several payment options for our patients. From payment plans to no-interest options (if paid within a plan period), we have made achieving your beauty and wellness dreams attainable for all budgets. We also offer financing from CareCredit, which can be used to cover deductibles and co-payments. To learn more, contact our office.

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