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Breast Reduction

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Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery are two popular cosmetic breast procedures, each meant to address a very specific set of concerns. Breast augmentation increases or restores breast volume while creating a more flattering shape. Meanwhile, a breast lift focuses on issues such as sagging tissue and low breast position for a youthful and uplifted result.

It is important to choose the right procedure for your needs and goals. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between these two breast surgeries, and when it may make sense to combine them. (more…)

Mommy makeover surgery is considered elective and is rarely covered by health insurance. Patients typically self-pay for the procedures involved in their mommy makeovers, such as breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. If paying in full is not feasible, you can still achieve your body goals by financing your surgery. (more…)

If you have considered a breast augmentation procedure, you may have a cup size in mind that you believe is the perfect size. However, there is much more to consider for breast augmentation than bra size.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David O. Smith knows that the process of breast augmentation can be intimidating. He’s also aware that you’ll come into your consultation with an idea of how you want your breasts to look. Dr. Smith will listen to your needs and goals, then come up with a plan to deliver elegant, natural-looking results. In this blog, he provides some tips on how you can help your plastic surgeon envision your desired results.


Plastic surgery consultation in EdinaMaybe you want to transform your body with liposuction. Or perhaps you are looking to enhance your feminine figure in a beautiful, natural way with breast augmentation. It’s no secret that cosmetic procedures can help you accomplish your goals, whatever they are.

But to safely achieve the results that you want, you need to choose the right plastic surgeon. While this process can seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be. (more…)

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that, between 2016 and 2017, there was an 
11% increase in the number of breast reductions performed. This marks the first time since data has been collected by the ASPS on breast reduction that the procedure has trended upward. (more…)

Smith, BA Bra - Image

After all of the planning, the surgery, and the recovery, it is time for the fun part—showing your new figure off! For many women, shopping for a new bra after breast augmentation is an exciting milestone. An adventure for sure, bra shopping with your new additions can be challenging as well as fun—and one thing is for certain, it will be different.

Together with Dr. Smith, we have come up with a few pointers to help you find a bra that fits perfectly with your breast implants.


Dr. Smith performs the following breast surgery procedures at his accredited practice in Edina. Please click on one of the following procedures below for more information.

As a mother, you sacrifice so much for your children and family without a second thought. However, it may be hard to look in the mirror and love the changes that your body experienced as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Unfortunately, the common belief is that women need to accept these changes as a side effect of having children. We feel differently. At Smith Plastic Surgery, we believe that a woman can be a mother and still feel confident and sexy.

That’s why Dr. David Smith is proud to offer the mommy makeover, a customized set of procedures designed to restore your pre-pregnancy body. Commonly a complete tummy tuck with smooth extra cohesive silicone gummy bear implants together costs $12,400.   As a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience, Dr. Smith will do his utmost to help you look and feel like yourself again. He serves Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas of Minnesota. Call (952) 922-0895 today to schedule a consultation.

Mommy Makeover Before & After Patient at Smith Plastic Surgery in Edina

*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

How Can Pregnancy Affect My Body?

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can impact your body in several ways, such as:

  • Loss of breast volume
  • Sagging breasts
  • Excess fat and loose skin around your stomach
  • Stretched or torn abdominal muscles
  • Stretch marks
  • Changes to your body’s fat content
  • Enlarged areolas
  • Visible C-section scars

Am I a Good Mommy Makeover Candidate?

If you’d like to address any of the above conditions, you may be a good candidate. You should also consider these factors:

  • Do you plan to have more children? Having more children doesn’t rule you out as a mommy makeover candidate, but it could negatively impact your results. Dr. Smith recommends that women wait to undergo a mommy makeover until they’re finished having kids.
  • Do you smoke? Smoking could adversely affect your healing process and results. If you smoke, you must be willing to quit before the procedure and throughout your recovery.
  • Are you in good overall health? Being in good health, near your ideal body weight, and sustaining that weight for a year or more will all help facilitate a successful surgery and recovery.

What Procedures Does a Mommy Makeover Include?

what procedures comprise a mommy makeover?

The exact nature of your mommy makeover will depend on how your body responded to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. All mommy makeovers are customized to include the procedures that address your unique needs. Yours may include some of the following procedures:

  • Breast augmentation: Can restore lost breast volume, providing a more attractive appearance and cleavage.
  • Breast lift: Can address sagging and give your breasts a more youthful appearance.
  • Liposuction: Can remove stubborn areas of fat that you can’t get rid of through diet and exercise.
  • Tummy tuck: Can repair stretched or torn abdominal muscles and tighten excess skin around your stomach.

Recovery Following a Mommy Makeover

Your exact recovery process will depend on the procedures that comprise your mommy makeover. Dr. Smith will provide you with specific aftercare instructions customized to your unique needs.

Generally, you will have to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for about four to six weeks following your mommy makeover. Dr. Smith will monitor your healing and clear you to resume your normal activities when you’re ready.


Mommy Makeover Results – Before & After Photos

Mommy Makeover Patient Before & After Surgery at Smith Plastic Surgery in Edina

*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Consultation Today

Motherhood has given you so much joy and satisfaction. Dr. Smith can help restore the youthful body that you enjoyed before having children. He serves patients in Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas of Minneapolis. Call (952) 922-0895 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a consultation.

Click here to view our Before & After Gallery.Male Breast Reduction Before & After

*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes men to have the appearance of enlarged or feminine-looking breasts. While it is not often spoken about, gynecomastia is actually a fairly common condition and can be both frustrating and embarrassing for men who suffer from it. Cosmetic male breast reduction surgery is a specialty of Dr. David O. Smith’s and can be one of the more life changing procedures for our male patients. Men who suffer from gynecomastia are often teased because of their condition or feel self-conscious when wearing certain types of clothing. Most will try to solve the issue themselves, spending hours in the gym and sticking to a healthy diet. However, gynecomastia is resistant to these methods because the condition is not actually completely related to an unhealthy lifestyle.  

Why you should Dr. Smith For Male Breast Reduction

This surgery is a real specialty of ours.  33 years of experience plus we have our own office operating room for important privacy and cost reduction.  We also use general anesthesia for comfort versus local anesthesia.  Patients get to go home after the procedure.  When performing this procedure, Dr. Smith will normally use a personalized combination of chest liposuction and excision of excess glandular tissue. The exact steps of your procedure will vary based on your unique condition. At Smith Plastic Surgery, male breast reduction costs $4900.  Please note we remove both the excess fat and breast tissue. We have power assisted lipectomy with general anesthesia for a very complete removal of excess tissue. The extra glandular tissue is removed with sharp dissection.  Ideally weight should be optimal for height and under about 250 pounds. An increasing number of men are choosing to pursue the benefits of cosmetic surgery to achieve their desired physical build, which may not always be possible with traditional methods such as diet, exercise and weight lifting. Many men may be held back from achieving their aesthetic goals by factors such as age, genetics, and certain medical conditions.
Male-specific cosmetic surgery procedures, such as male breast reduction, are performed by Dr. Smith in a manner that enhances a man’s physical appearance without sacrificing his masculinity. We get great results with privacy and cost effectiveness. Call 952-922-0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free next morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life! Male Breast Reduction Before & After

*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

Click here to view our Before & After Gallery. For additional information on male breast reduction, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Male Breast Reduction ASPS Procedure Guide

gynecomastia-1     gynecomastia-2 Many men have gynecomastia — enlarged, female-like breasts–causes by excess glandular tissue or fat (or both).   gynecomastia-3 Glandular tissue must be cut out, usually through a small incision near the edge of the areola.   gynecomastia-4 Fatty tissue can be removed by liposuction. A small, hollow tube is inserted through a tiny incision, leaving a nearly imperceptible scar.   gynecomastia-5 Following surgery for gynecomastia, the patient has a more masculine chest contour.

A Word About Breast Reduction in Men…

Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for women-like breasts. Though this oddly named condition is rarely talked about, it’s actually quite common. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast-reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured. If you’re considering surgery to correct gynecomastia, this brochure will give you a basic understanding of the procedure–when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.

The Best Candidates for Gynecomastia Correction

Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy, emotionally-stable men of any age. The best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. Surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Also, individuals who drink alcoholic beverages in excess or smoke marijuana are usually not considered good candidates for surgery. These drugs, along with anabolic steroids, may cause gynecomastia. Therefore, patients are first directed to stop the use of these drugs to see if the breast fullness will diminish before surgery is considered an option.

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk

When male breast-reduction surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are risks. These include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and excessive fluid loss or accumulation. The procedure may also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If asymmetry is significant, a second procedure may be performed to remove additional tissue. The temporary effects of breast reduction include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may last up to a year.

Planning Your Surgery

The initial consultation with your surgeon is very important. Your surgeon will need a complete medical history, so check your own records ahead of time and be ready to provide this information. First, your surgeon will examine your breasts and check for causes of the gynecomastia, such as impaired liver function, use of estrogen-containing medications, or anabolic steroids. If a medical problem is the suspected cause, you’ll be referred to an appropriate specialist. Your plastic surgeon may, in extreme cases, also recommend a mammogram or breast x-ray. This will not only rule out the very small possibility of breast cancer, but will reveal the breast’s composition. Once your surgeon knows how much fat and glandular tissue is contained within the breasts, he or she can choose a surgical approach to best suit your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have during the initial consultation- including your concerns about the recommended treatment or the costs involved. Treatment of gynecomastia may be covered by medical insurance–but policies vary greatly. Check your policy or call your carrier to be sure. If you are covered, make certain you get written pre-authorization for the treatment recommended by your surgeon.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain vitamins and medications. Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of one or two weeks before surgery and during recovery. Smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing. Therefore, it is essential to follow all your surgeon’s instructions.

Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed

Surgery for gynecomastia is most often performed as an outpatient procedure, but in extreme cases, or those where other medical conditions present cause for concern, an overnight hospital stay may be recommended. The surgery itself usually takes about an hour and a half to complete. However, more extensive procedures may take longer.

Type of Anesthesia

Correction of enlarged male breasts may be performed under general or, in some cases, local anesthesia plus sedation. You’ll be awake, but very relaxed and insensitive to pain. More extensive correction may be performed under general anesthesia, which allows the patient to sleep through the entire operation. Your surgeon will discuss which option is recommended for you, and why this is the option of choice.

The Surgery

If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, it will be excised, or cut out, with a scalpel. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location–either on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Working through the incision, the surgeon cuts away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more conspicuous scars. If liposuction is used to remove excess fat, the cannula is usually inserted through the existing incisions. If your gynecomastia consists primarily of excessive fatty tissue, your surgeon will likely use liposuction to remove the excess fat. A small incision, less than a half-inch in length, is made around the edge of the areola–the dark skin that surrounds the nipple. Or, the incision may be placed in the underarm area. A slim hollow tube called a cannula which is attached to a vacuum pump, is then inserted into the incision. Using strong, deliberate strokes, the surgeon moves the cannula through the layers beneath the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. Patients may feel a vibration or some friction during the procedure, but generally no pain. In extreme cases where large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, skin may not adjust well to the new smaller breast contour. In these cases, excess skin may have to be removed to allow the remaining skin to firmly re-adjust to the new breast contour. Sometimes, a small drain is inserted through a separate incision to draw off excess fluids. Once closed, the incisions are usually covered with a dressing. The chest may be wrapped to keep the skin firmly in place.

After Your Surgery

Whether you’ve had excision with a scalpel or liposuction, you will feel some discomfort for a few days after surgery. However, discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon. In any case, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery and to help you out for a day or two, if needed. You’ll be swollen and bruised for a while–in fact, you may wonder if there’s been any improvement at all. To help reduce swelling, you’ll probably be instructed to wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two and for a few weeks longer at night. Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be three months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent. In the meantime, it is important to begin getting back to normal. You’ll be encouraged to begin walking around on the day of surgery. You may return to work when you feel well enough–which could be as early as a day or two after surgery. Any stitches will generally be removed about one to two weeks following the procedure. Your surgeon may advise you to avoid sexual activity for a week or two and strenuous exercise for about three weeks. You’ll be told to stay away from any sport or job that risks a blow to the chest area for at least four weeks. In general, it will take about a month before you’re back to all of your normal activities. You should also avoid exposing the resulting scars to the sun for at least six months. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin’s pigmentation, causing the scar to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a strong sunblock.

Patient Testimonial

“Dr. Smith is good at what he does. He was honest and doesn’t sugar coat things which some may think is bad bedside manner but its really just him doing what he has to do. He helped me make some good choices and was careful to avoid any complications. I liked that it was in his own private office surgery room and the multiple pre-op and post-op visits were easy and appreciated.”

Your New Look

Gynecomastia surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them frankly with your plastic surgeon. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent. If your expectations are realistic, chances are good that you’ll be very satisfied with your new look.
Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation Women who struggle every day with disproportionately larger breasts know that bigger is not always necessarily better. Several physical problems—back, neck, or shoulder pain—and lifestyle challenges—difficulty exercising, poor-fitting clothing, or self-consciousness—are commonly associated with overly large breasts and often make daily life more difficult than it should have to be. Breast reduction surgery has helped many women to achieve a more balanced and natural breast size while significantly improving pre-existing physical pain and alleviating lifestyle challenges. At Smith Plastic Surgery, Dr. Smith will carefully observe your condition to determine if a breast reduction can provide you with the relief and outcome you desire. He treats each of his patients as a unique individual, working together to approach her breast reduction surgery in the best possible way. Depending on your condition and reason for breast reduction, your surgery may be classified as either a cosmetic or a therapeutic procedure. Therapeutic breast reduction procedures may be covered by insurance for the treatment of upper back or neck pain. Dr. Smith performs a different procedure for cosmetic breast reduction. Typically, our patients ask for more appropriate moderate reductions, which is not always covered by insurance and costs roughly $6500 (covers all fees and post op care). The incision Dr. Smith will make is often keyhole shaped, instead of the harder to conceal long anchor shapes. Many variations are possible to closely approximate your wishes. We can use a short scar Pitanguay procedure developed in Brazil to fine tune your results and restore your beautiful feminine figure.

We get great results with privacy and cost effectiveness. Call Today: 952.922.0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free next-morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life!

Click here to view our Before & After Gallery. For additional information on breast reduction surgery, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Reduction ASPS Procedure Guide

breast_reduction-1 Heavy breasts can lead to physical discomfort, a variety of medical problems, shoulder indentations due to tight bra straps, and extreme self-consciousness.   breast_reduction-2 Incisions outline the area of skin, breast tissue, and fat to be removed and the new position for the nipple.   breast_reduction-3 Skin formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Sutures close the incisions, giving the breast it’s new contour.   breast_reduction-4 Scars around the areola, below it, and in the crease under the breast are permanent, but can be easily concealed by clothing.   breast_reductionCOV With smaller, better proportioned breasts, you’ll feel more comfortable and your clothes will fit better.

What Are The Reasons For A Breast Reduction?

Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight. These include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. Unusually large breasts can make a woman–or a teenage girl–feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body. If you’re considering breast reduction, the following will give you a basic understanding of the procedure–when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.

The Best Candidates for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by very large, sagging breasts that restrict their activities and cause them physical discomfort. In most cases, breast reduction isn’t performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed; however, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. Breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed.

Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction is not a simple operation, but it’s normally safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications, including bleeding, infection, or reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients develop small sores around their nipples after surgery; these can be treated with antibiotic creams. You can reduce your risks by closely following your physician’s advice both before and after surgery. The procedure does leave noticeable, permanent scars, although they’ll be covered by your bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.) The procedure can also leave you with slightly mismatched breasts or unevenly positioned nipples. Future breast-feeding may not be possible, since the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples. Some patients may experience a permanent loss of feeling in their nipples or breasts. Rarely, the nipple and areola may lose their blood supply and the tissue will die. (The nipple and areola can usually be rebuilt, however, using skin grafts from elsewhere on the body.)

Planning Your Surgery

In your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations frankly with your surgeon, and to listen to his or her opinion. Every patient–and every physician, as well–has a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts. The surgeon will examine and measure your breasts and will probably photograph them for reference during surgery and afterwards. (The photographs may also be used in the processing of your insurance coverage.) He or she will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin. You should also discuss where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they’ll be moved higher during the procedure, and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breasts. Your surgeon should describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations and making sure you understand the scarring that will result. The surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs. (Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it’s medically necessary; however, they may require that a certain amount of breast tissue be removed. Check your policy, and have your surgeon write a predetermination letter, if required.)

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Some surgeons suggest that their patients diet before the operation. Breast reduction doesn’t usually require a blood transfusion. However, if a large amount of breast tissue will be removed, your physician may advise you to have a unit of blood drawn ahead of time. That way, if a transfusion should be needed, your own blood can be used. While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and, if needed, to help you out for a few days.

Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed

Breast reduction surgery may be performed in a hospital, an outpatient surgery center or an office-based surgical suite. If you are admitted to the hospital, your stay will be a short one. The surgery itself usually takes two to four hours, but may take longer in some cases.

Type of Anesthesia

Breast reduction is nearly always performed under general anesthesia. You’ll be asleep through the entire operation.

The Surgery

Techniques for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. He or she then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, if the breasts are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position. (This will result in a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue.) Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downward, and along the lower crease of the breast. In some cases, techniques can be used that eliminate the vertical part of the scar. Occasionally, when only fat needs to be removed, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, leaving minimal scars.

What To Expect During Recovery

After surgery, you’ll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two. You may experience some pain for the first couple of days–especially when you move around or cough–and some discomfort for a week or more. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to lessen the pain. The bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery, though you’ll continue wearing the surgical bra around the clock for several weeks, until the swelling and bruising subside. Your stitches will be removed in one to three weeks. If your breast skin is very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day, but be sure to keep the suture area dry. Your first menstruation following surgery may cause your breasts to swell and hurt. You may also experience random, shooting pains for a few months. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This usually fades over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.

Getting Back to Normal

Although you may be up and about in a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three or four weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Most women can return to work (if it’s not too strenuous) and social activities in about two weeks; however, you’ll have much less stamina for several weeks, and should limit your exercises to stretching, bending, and swimming until your energy level returns. You’ll also need a good athletic bra for support. You may be instructed to avoid sex for a week or more, since sexual arousal can cause your incisions to swell, and to avoid anything but gentle contact with your breasts for about six weeks. A small amount of fluid draining from your surgical wound, or some crusting, is normal. If you have any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.

When Are Breast Reduction Results Visible?

Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. Even then, their shape may fluctuate in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy. Your surgeon will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that breast reduction scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops. Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. You’ll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better. However, as much as you may have desired these changes, you’ll need time to adjust to your new image-as will your family and friends. Be patient with yourself and with them. Keep in mind why you had this surgery. Chances are that, like most women, you’ll be pleased with the results.

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Male Breast Reduction

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Breast Augmentation

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Breast Implant Revisions

Breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices and, at some point, may need to be replaced. Women who need to have their breast implants replaced for medical or personal reasons, or who are no longer satisfied with the results of a previous breast augmentation, may benefit from a breast implant revision with Dr. Smith.

Breast Lift

Changes to your body are to be expected as you get older. For women, the breasts are one of the most affected areas. Over time, you may notice shrinkage, flattening, or sagging of your breasts due to the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy (too name a few).

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