Women who suffer from overly large breasts (gigantomastia) will experience emotional and physical distress that can prohibit normal, everyday activities. Breast reduction is a popular cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and glandular tissue. Houston board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Cara Downey, has performed hundreds of breast reduction surgeries throughout her career. Results are long-lasting and leave women with newfound physical and emotional comfort.
HOW MUCH DOES BREAST REDUCTION COST?
The average price of a reduction mammoplasty in Houston ranges between $6,500 – $10,000. Certain factors may cause the price to vary such as the location of the surgery and operating room (OR) fees, and if combined with any other surgeries. Dr. Downey accepts cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.
Insurance providers may cover breast reduction surgery if it is considered a medically necessity. Here are 10 facts you should know about this surgery and if you are interested, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
WHAT ARE THE BREAST REDUCTION TECHNIQUES?
Dr. Downey utilizes three different incision techniques. The technique used during your procedure will be decided during your initial consultation.
- Inverted-T (Anchor)
Removes a large amount of tissue and skin to drastically reduce the size of the breasts, resulting in an anchor-shaped scar. Both the nipples and areola are repositioned in order to complement your new breast shape.
- Vertical (Lollipop)
Used to remove a slight-to-moderate volume of breast tissue. The resulting scar runs around the areola then towards the breast crease, mimicking the shape of a lollipop.
- Liposuction Breast Reduction
Liposuction may be used as a standalone procedure to receive a very slight reduction in breast size. It is often used in conjunction with the previous techniques to remove fat from the top or sides of the breast, creating a rounder, perkier, and more natural shape.
HOW IS BREAST REDUCTION PERFORMED?
- Surgery length
Breast reduction typically takes 2 – 3 hours to complete.
At Heights Plastic Surgery, breast reductions are routinely performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction reduction procedures may be done with local anesthesia. In all cases, numbing fluids will be injected into your breasts to reduce pain and control excess bleeding.
Surgery marks will be drawn on your breast. Incisions typically vary, depending on the technique used. Removal of large amounts of tissue will require more intensive and numerous incisions, as well as the use of drainage tubes to prevent any fluid build-up.
All wounds will be closed with dissolvable and absorbable sutures. The resulting wound and eventual scar will also vary depending on the technique used. Liposuction reductions don’t result in any scarring.
- What happens to the nipple?
The nipple is typically separated from the outer skin but left attached to its blood supply within the breast tissue in order to position it higher on the chest. In large reductions with nipples set very far from your chest wall, removal and replacement of the nipple may be indicated. This is known as a “free nipple graft.”
I've been wanting to do botox and get my skin looking great for some time now. I was a little nervous, Dr. Downey had a great staff, and she was super patient and fed me enough information to calm m...
- Stephanie O.
I had such a great experience with Dr. Downey. I was referred by a friend. This was my third attempt at getting surgery on some trouble spots after significant weight loss. I didn't go in with h...
- Paul V.
It was very easy for me to make a consultation appointment. There was no pressure to sign up for surgery that day. Dr. Downey was very professional and friendly. She answered all my questions an...
- Brittany G.
I had breast augmentation on 12/2/14 and Dr. Downey and staff made the whole experience amazing. Since the surgery I have minimal scarring and I look and feel great! This was one of the best decis...
- Ashly T.
Dr. Cara Downey, thank you so much for the care you gave to me and the exceptional work you have done to my body! You are amazing. Because of you, dreams come true! You are the best! Thank you for ble...
- Andrea C.
I didn't think I would ever feel this great again. Now I can wear strapless dresses. My shirts no longer have the peep holes near the buttons. I'm just so pleased with the work Dr. Downey has done. Bu...
CAN I COMBINE A BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE WITH OTHER SURGERIES?
The procedure can be combined with a number of surgical procedures in a ‘Mommy Makeover’. The mommy makeover is a collection of surgeries designed to restore the female form to its pre-pregnancy contour. Dr. Downey often combines cosmetic breast enhancement (breast augmentation, reduction, or lift surgeries) with a tummy tuck, liposuction, and other procedures such as vaginal rejuvenation and dermal fillers.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED RECOVERY?
Because breast reduction is often an outpatient procedure, most patients are able to return home immediately after the surgery.
24 Hours After Surgery
- You will leave the hospital with dressings and a surgical bra, which you must wear for 2 days.
- Mild pain and swelling can be expected. Dr. Downey will also prescribe pain medication as needed.
- Having a loved one help with chores and wound cleaning is highly recommended.
1 – 3 Weeks After Surgery
- You may resume showers after 2 days, but do not soak or submerge your breasts in water. Doing so may interrupt the healing process.
- Fluid drains must remain in place for 3 days or as needed.
- You may resume work after 3 – 5 days.
- Driving is not recommended until it is no longer painful to wear a seatbelt, which may take 1 week, if not more.
- Light exercises and chores may be performed after 2 weeks.
3 Months After Surgery
- Avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds for at least 4 weeks.
- Heavier exercises may be resumed after 4 – 5 weeks, ideally after you have been allowed to do so by Dr. Downey
- You may ease back into your normal lifestyle after 5 weeks. It may take 8 weeks to fully adjust.
- Scars, if properly taken care of, will turn white after 6 weeks. They will continue to fade over the next 6 months.
Request Your Consultation
To learn more about breast reduction surgery, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call +1 713-496-2427