What type of anesthesia is used for a breast reduction?
A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia.
Where are the incisions for a breast reduction?
There will be incisions around the entire nipple with a vertical incision from the nipple to the underside of the breast, and then horizontally along the inframammary fold. This is commonly referred to as an anchor incision or Wise pattern.
How long is a breast reduction procedure?
A breast reduction surgery is typically about 1½ hours.
What is the recovery time after a breast reduction?
The patient will have lifting and activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Those with sedentary positions may consider returning to work 2 weeks post-op.
What is the cost of a breast reduction?
$6,900 - $7,600
What should be expected after a breast reduction?
Patients will be wrapped in an ACE wrap following surgery. This can be removed along with other dressings and showering may be resumed after 48 hours. Compression with an open front sports bra must be worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks. No overhead reaching is permitted for 1-2 weeks, no high-end exercise or lifting more than 5lbs. for 4-6 weeks. The breasts typically remain in a higher position for about a month then will start to "settle" into place over the next several months. Scars will largely fade after a year, and scar treatments such as topical gel or silicone strips can be used starting around 3-4 weeks after surgery.