Breast Reduction in Phoenix, AZ
The Body Sculpting Center offers breast reductions to residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix and the surrounding areas in Arizona.
Breasts that are too large can be painful, embarrassing, and unhealthy, making common tasks more difficult than they need to be or causing chronic shoulder, neck and back pain. Over-developed breasts may make some women appear out of shape and overweight, or limit their participation in certain activities and exercises.
The Body Sculpting Center has provided expertise in breast reduction surgery for over 30 years. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms described above, a breast reduction procedure may make all the difference for you.
Dr. Ethan Philpott recommends breast reduction surgery if the size of your breasts result in back, neck, or shoulder pain. The surgery may also be necessary if you experience numbness in your hands or breathing difficulties because of the size and weight of your breasts. Breast reduction surgery can also help improve the aesthetic appearance of your breasts if one is significantly larger than the other.
Breast Reduction – Traditional
Traditional breast reduction surgery is performed under a light, general anesthetic. Usually, an incision is made around your areola and down the curve of your breast to the crease. Dr. Philpott will remove extra tissue and fat. Then, the nipple and areola will be repositioned in the center of your breast. Your new breasts will look rounder, shapelier and have a more youthful appearance.
Both women and men have breast reduction surgeries. In fact, breast reductions represented one of the five most popular cosmetic procedures among men in 2011. In men, enlargement of the male breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia, can be an equivalent source of discomfort and embarrassment. For men, the breast reduction procedure is often performed using liposuction.
Breast Reduction – Liposuction
Dr. Philpott can use liposuction to gently remove excess breast tissue. Liposuction is proven safe and effective at removing extra fat from your breasts, reducing large breasts, or fixing uneven, asymmetrical breasts.
Breast reduction using liposuction is best when you don’t have an excess amount of sagging, and are mostly concerned with the size and weight of your breasts. It’s also a great choice for patients who can’t tolerate the traditional breast reduction surgery due to a medical condition.
Breast Reduction Recovery:
After surgery, try to sleep on your back instead of your side for the first 48 hours. To keep the swelling down, use two pillows to elevate and support both your head and your back. (It is more important for you to sleep than to rigidly adhere to this suggestion).
At the time of surgery, gauze dressings and an Ace™ wrap will be applied around the chest over a surgical bra. The Ace™ wrap will be removed in one to two days after surgery. You may shower if you do not have surgical drains (see below). You should wear your surgical bra both day and night for two to three weeks after surgery (you may, of course, remove it for laundering and showering).
Drains are rarely used, but if needed, one drain may be placed in each breast at the time of surgery. It will be brought out around the end of the incision. The purpose of these drains is to evacuate the fluid that accumulates after surgery and enable you to heal faster. When the drain is first put in place, the bulb at the end of each tube will be compressed to create gentle suction. As the fluid collects in the bulb, the bulb will slowly expand.
Secure the bulb of the drain to your dressings with a safety pin. Twice a day, or whenever the bulb is three-quarter full, you should empty the bulb by opening the plug at the top and pouring out the contents. Do not attempt to remove the bulb from the tubing. Squeeze the bulb to recompress it, and put the plug back into the hole at the top in order to maintain the vacuum. If the bulb fills rapidly after emptying it, or if you need to empty it more than three times a day, please call us at (480) 464-8000. Dr. Philpott or a nurse will remove the drains several days after surgery, when the fluid begins to turn a clear straw color and/or the amount of drainage has diminished. Record the amount of drainage and bring this information with you to the office visits.
You may have Steri-Strips™ or specialized tapes placed over incisions. Please leave these closures alone until you are instructed to remove them. If you have skin sutures, the sutures around the areola will be removed five to seven days after surgery. The remaining sutures below the skin will dissolve in four to six weeks.
Exposure To Sunlight:
A breast reduction at The Body Sculpting Center has some unique requirements because of our hot desert sun. Scars take at least one year to fade completely. During this time, it is best that you protect them from the sun. Even through a bathing suit, a good deal of sunlight can reach the skin and cause damage. It is imperative that you wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 at all times when you are in the sunshine. Be extremely careful if areas of your breast skin have reduced sensitivity.
Showering And Bathing:
You may shower or bathe as instructed by our staff.
Specific “As You Heal” Instructions
Healing Of Sensory Nerves:
The indication of regeneration of the sensory nerves will be tingling, burning, or shooting pains, which will disappear with time and should not alarm you. Repeated, local self-massage will help reduce the pain.
The two breasts commonly heal quite differently. One breast may swell more, feel more uncomfortable, or have a different initial shape. After complete healing, they will look remarkably similar and natural. You must have patience, but if this causes concern, ask questions of Dr. Philpott or the nursing staff.
Any type of strenuous activity can induce swelling and bleeding, especially during the first 10 to 14 days after surgery. Therefore, limit your exercise to walking during the first week. In general, guide your activities by your discomfort — that is, if an activity hurts, do not do it. If your job keeps you rather sedentary, you may feel well enough to return to work in 4 to 7 days. You will tire easily, and you may want to limit your hours on your first few days back. If the swelling or discomfort from your breast reduction increases, you have probably done too much too soon. One month after surgery, you may start easing yourself into your usual exercise routine. Remember not to push yourself too quickly.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Phoenix, AZ?
The Body Sculpting Center offers patients the option to finance their procedure through Care Credit and Med Loan Finance. Within a few hours of applying, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedures. We also accept the following major credit cards: Visa®, MasterCard® and Discover®, as well as Cash, Checks, Money Orders and Cashier Checks.
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Phoenix or one of the surrounding areas in Arizona, contact The Body Sculpting Center for more information about breast reduction, both traditional and through liposuction. Schedule a complimentary consultation either online or by calling 602-639-4338.