Many women with large, heavy breasts are limited in their daily activities and clothing choices. They often feel self-conscious and suffer from chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as rashes under the breasts. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is a way to reduce the size of disproportionately large breasts.
Patient satisfaction after breast reduction is very high. Women often report significant improvement in quality of life after the relief of their chronic pain and rashes. Insurance companies may cover this surgery when certain guidelines are met.
Waldorf Center has an all-female staff, making us particularly sensitive to the needs of women patients. Dr. Waldorf is an expert breast surgeon who, in her more than 20 years in practice, has performed numerous successful breast reduction surgeries.
Your Breast Reduction Consultation
We believe you need to be well-informed about breast reduction so that you can make an informed decision about your procedure and your surgeon. This includes the results you can expect, the processes of preparing for the surgery, and the recovery period. Dr. Waldorf will meet with you about your concerns and personal goals. She will examine you and tell you what she can accomplish for you. She will also advise you what breast reduction will involve in terms specific to your case.
Choosing a surgeon is an intensely personal decision. We encourage you to ask questions of Dr. Waldorf and our team. We want you to feel comfortable with us and your decision to have surgery at Waldorf Center.
Your Breast Reduction Surgery
In a breast reduction, Dr. Waldorf removes fatty and glandular breast tissue, as well as excess skin, so that the breasts are more proportionate with your body. This typically results in a more lifted breast shape and nipple position. The areolas (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) may be resized and reshaped as well.
Breast reduction is a highly customized procedure based on your anatomy and how you wish to look. Incisions are usually made around the areola and vertically on the lower portion of the breast. This does result in scars, but they will fade and soften/flatten within a year. Dr. Waldorf also does whatever she can to retain as much nipple sensation as possible.
The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. After recovery from the anesthesia, you can return home to be cared for by family or friends.
Recovering from Breast Reduction
Most women return to work within 1-2 weeks and resume normal activity about 4 weeks after breast reduction surgery.
You can expect some bruising, tenderness, and swelling for a few weeks. This discomfort can be managed with pain medication. You may be fitted with a compression bra for a period of weeks to reduce swelling and promote healing.
Contact The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery in Portland, Oregon
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