Breast Reduction Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett
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 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.
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.
Breast reduction is one of Dr. Bartlett’s specialties and he plays 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.
Breast Reduction Surgery – What to Expect
- About the Surgery – the procedure takes approximately 2 to 3 hours
- Surgical Setting – breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis
- Anesthesia – a general anesthetic is used
- Post Surgery – most patients feel well within a few days but take at least a week off from work. Light exercise is permitted at 2 weeks but heavy exercise must wait for 6 weeks. Swelling and bruising are present for 1 to 2 weeks and final results are evaluated 3 to 6 months after surgery.