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Breast Reduction Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett

Doctor Bartlett - Breast Reduction

Breast reduction has the reputation of having the highest satisfaction rate of any operation in plastic surgery. If you are experiencing back, neck, and shoulder pain, discomfort from bra strap grooving, or difficulty exercising or finding clothes that fit due to large breast size, breast reduction in Boston might solve your problems.

Boston cosmetic surgeon Richard A. Bartlett, M.D., performs breast reduction surgery on New England women of all ages with the same excellent results. He is known for his attention to detail, and his patients experience rapid recovery and minimal discomfort.

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is one of Dr. Bartlett’s specialties, and he has played a significant role in the development of techniques to reduce post-operative downtime. Although this procedure is performed under general anesthesia, by also using local anesthetics injected around the breasts, Dr. Bartlett can eliminate the use of drains and overnight stays.

Ideal Breast Reduction Candidates

Although most patients seeking breast reduction are good candidates, several factors affect the decision whether or not to perform surgery. Significantly overweight patients are often required to lose weight prior to breast reduction surgery to decrease the risk of a post-operative complication.

Smokers are also at an increased risk of wound complications. All smoking must cease at least two months prior to surgery (this may delay scheduling of surgery). While most breast reductions are performed alone, some patients can benefit from additional body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty or liposuction.

Incision Techniques

For a breast reduction, three main incision pattern options are available:

  • Donut – Two concentric circles are made around the areola. This incision technique is best for a small to moderate degree of tissue removal.
  • Lollipop – A circle is made around the areola and then a vertical incision is created that stretches down to the breast fold. This option is used to remove a moderate amount of tissue.
  • Anchor – A lollipop incision is made and then a curving horizontal incision is made along the breast fold. This choice is ideal for removing a large amount of tissue.

Breast Reduction Surgery – What to Expect

  • About the Surgery – The procedure takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and involves removal of fat, glandular breast tissue, and/or excess skin. Areola reduction can also occur.
  • Surgical Setting – Breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Anesthesia – A general anesthetic is used.

The Recovery and Healing Process

Swelling and bruising are present for 1 to 2 weeks following the surgical session. These can be addressed with the help of ice packs. Additionally, patients will need to wear a surgical bra in order to support the healing tissues during recovery.

Most patients feel well within a few days but must take at least a week off from work. Light exercise is permitted at 2 weeks, but heavy exercise must wait for 6 weeks. The procedure’s final results are evaluated 3 to 6 months after surgery.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

Breast reduction is typically employed to reduce physical symptoms, so it is considered a functional procedure. Because of this, its cost is often covered by health insurance providers. The price of the procedure depends on the breast reduction techniques used, the amount of tissue removed, and many other factors.

Set Up Your Consultation

A breast reduction in Boston is an effective way to address the problems stemming from oversized breasts. Contact the office of Dr. Richard A. Bartlett today to arrange your informative consultation.