Breast Reduction

A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, not only reduces the size of your breasts to make them in proportion to your body but also lifts and reshapes them.

If you have stopped growing, which means that there have been no changes in your height, weight and breast size for two years, you would be a candidate for breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty). On average, most women are finished growing by age 18.

Women consistently report that they feel an enormous amount of relief from their neck, back or shoulder pain sometimes as early as the morning after their breast reduction surgery.

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“My figure is finally in proportion.” – Ashley S.

At your free consultation, you’ll see pictures of the breast lift incision, which is anchor-like in shape; it goes around the nipple, extends from the nipple down to the breast fold and then in the breast fold itself. Healing is usually very good and is helped by Dr. Eisenberg’s use of dissolvable stitches, which do not have to be removed.

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Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Eisenberg performs breast reduction surgery in the safety of the operating room at Nazareth Hospital. On the day of surgery, your support person can stay with you until you are transferred to the operating room. That means he or she can be by your side when you meet the anesthesiologist and when Dr. Eisenberg marks the incision site, takes pictures for you and your records, and reviews your postoperative medications and diet.

The procedure takes approximately three to four hours. After surgery, you will be cared for in the recovery room by skilled and compassionate nurses and then transferred to a hospital room for an overnight stay. In the morning, you’ll be placed in your special support bra, and Dr. Eisenberg will discharge you; this is known as a 23-hour short stay. You must arrange for someone to drive you home.

“You showed such expertise, understanding and patience.” – Lisa D.

 

Recovery

You can shower the day after surgery.

Patients report minimal discomfort after breast reduction surgery. They describe a little bit of soreness underneath their breasts for a few days. Dr. Eisenberg will prescribe medications to make you more comfortable during this period. More than 90 percent of patients say they are back to work in an office setting on the fifth day.

It’s best to have someone stay with you the first night following your surgery so that you can rest. You can shower the day after surgery. If you have small children, you will need help lifting them for the first few days. By the third day, many women are able to comfortably lift their children for short periods of time and drive a car – if they are not taking narcotics.

Your first postoperative visit is usually within a week. You’ll wear your special support bra continuously for two weeks and then part-time for an additional four weeks.

“In 1994, you reduced my breasts and my daughter’s. I’m now 62, and my breasts are still good. Since then, my daughter has had two children and was able to breastfeed. Thank you for preserving her ability to breastfeed; she was 18 at the time of her breast reduction surgery. I recommend you to any woman I see who is carrying too much up front.” – Pam