Women who have breasts that are proportionately too large for their bodies, may face many medical problems as well as have aesthetic concerns. Breast reduction surgery requires careful consideration and our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tsujimura, at Scottsdale Plastic Surgeons, can help to relieve some of the uncertainty and explain the benefits of a breast reduction at a consultation in our Scottsdale, AZ office. This surgery is designed to decrease the size of the breasts and make them more proportional to the rest of the body. It will relieve persistent back/neck pain as well as reduce indentations, redness and chafing in the shoulders made by tight bra straps. Having a breast reduction surgery can alleviate medical problems, and our unique surgical techniques can also give patients a renewed self-esteem by allowing these women to pursue more physical activities and wear clothing that never fit very well before because of large breasts.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Amazing Surgeon - Phoenix, AZ - I was recommended to visit Dr. Tsujimura from a friend who had selected him for her breast augmentation. I am so very glad that I selected him as well. He's very courteous, with amazing bed side manner. He takes his time to answer any questions you may have. Not only is he amazing but so are his nurses and staff. He takes the time to listen to and answer questions and concerns. My surgery went great, I have had no bruising so far! I also experienced hardly any actual physical pain from the surgery. There was discomfort post surgery, but it was manageable. My breasts look amazing already from only being a week post surgery, and I'm very excited to see how they look once they settle! He makes you feel comfortable, and his results are amazing."- S. / RealSelf / Aug 25, 2014
"Breast Reduction - Scottsdale, AZ - Breasts too large, constant back pain. Unhappy with body image. 60 year old female with active lifestyle. The surgery allowed me to feel better about myself as well as give me a better overall appearance. I don't regret the decision. The entire staff was very attentive to my needs. I would recommend him to everyone"- C. / RealSelf / Apr 20, 2016
"Dr Tsujimura did a breast augmentation & tummy tuck on me in 2006, I am still to this day very pleased with my results on my breast augmentation. My tummy was amazing as well. I love the corset stitch he did on me, it gave me more of an hour glass figure. But my belly button I am not pleased with, I thought after some years it will get better and look more natural. But that never happen it doesn't look right still after all these years and you can tell it was man made. I have a lot of friends comment on how it looks specially in the summer when I wore a two piece by which I do not anymore due to that reason."- L.C. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2016
"I came to NVPS from the recommendation of a friend. I went in to see Dr. Tsujimura, and everyone I came in contact with were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I never had to wait for any extended periods. When speaking to Dr. Tsujimura he listened to what I was wanting from my Breast augmentation. He helped me pick out exactly what implants to choose from. I'm so very thankful I chose this facility, and surgeon. I never felt like I couldn't ask a question, and they always have someone you can talk to with any and every post op concern. Dr. Tsujimura's bedside manner is impeccable.. As well as the surgery he performs. Everyone compliments how natural my surgery looks, and that I have chosen the Perfect size. I was worried they were too big initially, but they fit my frame well and I'm so glad I went with Dr. Tsujimura's advice. You are in good hands here, they are all genuinely nice people who want you to have the most positive experience possible. I love my results, and would, and have recommended family and friends here."- B.F. / Yelp / Nov 10, 2014
"Dr. Tsujimura did my breast augmentation in 2013. He recommended 400cc silicone implants and at first I thought that sounded a little big but I trusted my doctor and I'm really happy I did because they are perfect for my body and look phenomenal. Not only that but he always made himself available to answer any questions or concerns I had along the way. He genuinely cares about giving people the best possible result and making sure they feel comfortable with everything, not things I commonly say when it comes to doctors so that's why I'd highly recommend him!!"- C.J. / Yelp / Nov 11, 2014
During breast reduction surgery, surgeon skill is important. In addition to minimizing scarring, there will be a focus on maintaining a healthy blood supply to the nipple areola complex. This is essential because once the nipple and areola are repositioned, blood vessels will work to reestablish blood flow in order to prevent discoloration of the nipple, necrosis, and loss of feeling. Excess breast tissue is excised and the loose skin will also be surgically removed.
An “anchor” incision is one of the most commonly used techniques during this surgery. During this approach, an incision is made around the areola, which extends down on the anterior breast, then follows the natural curve and crease of the breast. It is also referred to as a vertical “T”. Once the breast is resized and reshaped, the nipple and areola will be repositioned and then the lift will be performed so the breast sits higher on the chest. The incisions will generally include absorbable stitches on the inside of the breast. There are variations to this incision pattern that can be used depending on breast size and aesthetic goals.
A breast reduction is performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) sedation as an outpatient procedure. It typically takes 4-5 hours to complete. During surgery, a drain may be placed. For the first several weeks, patients will be directed to wear a sports bra. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, and may begin exercising after 4-6 weeks. The visible results f a breast reduction will be immediate. However, it may take several months for nipple sensitivity to return.
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Breast Reduction FAQs
The results following breast reduction surgery should remain the same as long as a significant amount of weight gain does not occur. The natural aging process and gravity will, over time, change the laxity of a woman’s breast, but the size should remain steady if there is not a pregnancy or weight gain that follows.
One of the drawbacks to having excessively large breasts is an enlarged areola (the slightly darker area surrounding the nipple). Thankfully, breast reduction surgery corrects this. Since the incision occurs around the areola, it is a relatively simple technique to trim away the desired amount of areola and reshape it into a smaller size so it looks proportional with the new breast size and shape.
Average Reduction Size?
This varies depending on the patient’s aesthetic and physical goals. After breast reduction surgery, it is common to go down a complete cup size, if not two.