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Smaller Breasts are Making a Comeback! Everything You Need to Know About a Breast Reduction

Woman covering left breast with right hand
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.

Smaller breasts are making a comeback and new clothing styles are starting to adapt to this trend. If your breasts are larger than you would prefer, call board-certified Minnesota plastic surgeon Dr. David Smith to schedule a consultation and learn if breast reduction is right for you.

Not Just Cosmetic

Breast reduction surgery can be used to reduce the size of your breasts for cosmetic purposes, but it may also serve serious medical purposes as well. Heavy breasts can cause back problems, interfere with physical activity, and even increase overall weight. Larger breasts can also weigh bras down, resulting in painful cuts being made by straps and adding another discomfort to an already frustrating problem.

If your breast reduction is medical in nature, it is possible that your insurance company will pay for the procedure. It is, however, always a good idea to check with your plan administrator before assuming a procedure will be covered. Uncovered procedures can be paid for out of pocket or through financing with CareCredit®. We can provide you with more information about this option during your initial consultation if it is appealing to you.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

Dr. Smith prefers the keyhole incision, which is made around the darker skin of the areola and extended vertically down the breast. This incision option, along with the short-scar incision option, reduces risks of highly visible and distracting scars following surgery.

Once incisions have been made, excess breast tissue is removed through liposuction before unnecessary skin is lifted and removed to enable a tightening of the skin over the new, smaller breast mound. The procedure may take anywhere from two to five hours. More, under certain circumstances.

Following your procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling. Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling will be unavoidable. Dr. Smith will provide you with medications and resources as necessary to deal with these things. Taking several short walks throughout the day will help as well.

Bruising and swelling may take a few weeks to subside and full recovery may take six weeks or longer. However, you should be able to resume most normal activities within one week and more demanding activities by week four. We will cover when you can resume specific activities during your follow up visits.

Good Breast Reduction Candidates

The best candidates for breast reduction are women who are physically or emotionally uncomfortable due to the size of their breasts. Good candidates will need to be nonsmokers who are in generally good health. Some lifestyle changes, including prescription changes, may need to be made to improve candidacy for some women. We will cover these during your initial consultation.

The best breast reduction candidates are ready to undergo a procedure, aware of all risks and complications, and willing to closely follow pre and postoperative instructions to help reduce those risks.

The easiest way to learn if breast reduction can help you reach your goals is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Smith. Please call 952-922-0895 to schedule your consultation today.

Located in Edina, Dr. Smith serves all surrounding areas of Minnesota.