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Breast Reduction

If your large breasts make it difficult for you to pursue normal everyday activities or cause you regular pain and discomfort, it may be a good time to explore the possibility of breast reduction surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fady Sinno offers a variety of breast enhancement procedures including breast reduction in Ellicott City and Westminster, MD that can help you enhance your appearance, confidence, and quality of life.

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We can help you achieve the look you want. Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). Dr. Sinno has offices near Baltimore.

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About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of very large, heavy breasts. In addition to providing relief from the self-consciousness associated with overly large breasts, this procedure can provide relief from the physical problems as well. Women often choose breast reduction surgery for one or more of these reasons:

  • Decreasing the size of their breasts
  • Balancing their overall figure with a more proportioned breast size
  • Reducing or eliminating associated medical problems, such as neck and back pain, difficulty breathing, skin irritations, and limitations to physical activity
  • Increasing self-confidence through an enhanced appearance

Because breast reduction surgery significantly alters the structure of the breasts, it is not right for every woman. This procedure is best suited for women who are not breastfeeding, can maintain a healthy weight, and whose breasts are fully developed.

Many of our patients choose to pursue a more comprehensive enhancement by combining breast reduction with other procedures, such as tummy tuck, breast lift or liposuction. Dr. Sinno will ask you to describe the improvements you'd like to make, review your options, and take the time to thoroughly answer your questions when you meet with him at your consultation.

What to Expect

Dr. Sinno performs breast reduction surgery on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia, so you will be asleep the entire time. The procedure usually takes 4 to 5 hours to complete.

Incisions are made in the nipple-areola complex (the dark area around the nipple), extending down below the nipple, and into the fold under the breast. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed. A new breast shape is contoured and the nipple and areola are repositioned. Sutures (stitches) close the incision around the areola.

Recovery

Right after surgery, most patients have swelling and minor discomfort for the first couple of days that can usually be managed with prescription pain medication. Most women are able to stand up and walk around 1 to 2 days after surgery. You can usually resume your regular routine, including work, within 2 weeks, but you should avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activity for at least 1 month.

For the first 3 weeks after surgery, you will be required to wear a surgical bra 24 hours a day, except when bathing, to keep your newly contoured breasts in the right position. We recommend that you sleep on your back instead of your side for the first week. Use pillows to elevate and support your head and back to help reduce breast swelling.

After breast reduction, many women lose some feeling in their nipples and breast skin, caused by swelling after surgery that usually fades within 6 to 8 weeks, or up to a year. During recovery, you might also notice:

  • Your breasts may heal at different rates. One may swell, one may feel less comfortable than the other, or the shapes may look different at first. When fully recovered, your breasts will look very similar and natural.
  • You may feel tired or "washed out" for several weeks. Listen to your body and only do what you can. Don't push yourself.
  • The skin of your breasts may appear temporarily shiny due to swelling. Within a few weeks, the swelling will disappear and the skin will return to normal.
  • Your breasts will probably ache occasionally for a few weeks.

Results

Even if you've been concealing your breasts with loose clothing, people will probably notice that you've undergone breast reduction. Reactions may vary. Be patient and allow yourself time to adjust to your new, improved look. Breast reduction has one of the highest satisfaction rates among cosmetic procedures.

The improvements from breast reduction surgery are permanent. Keep in mind that your breasts may eventually sag somewhat and the skin may change over time.

Next Steps

Are you ready to find out more about breast reduction surgery? Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster).

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    Baltimore / Howard County
    Dorsey Hall Professional Park

    Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery: Dr. Fady A. Sinno

    5300 Dorsey hall Drive, Suite 102
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

    Phone: (410) 884-4200

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    Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery: Dr. Fady A. Sinno

    826 Washington Road #220
    Westminster, MD 21157

    Phone: (410) 751-2348