Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure that decreases the volume of breasts to create a balanced, well-proportioned figure.
Achieve Your Ideal Proportions
Women whose breasts are disproportionately large or heavy can struggle with physical or emotional problems, from debilitating shoulder pain to self-consciousness. The ideal breasts should harmonize with your frame and feel comfortable for you. Breast reduction can reduce or eliminate the pain and discomfort you experience from large breasts as well as sculpt you a more pleasing profile.
Dr. R. M. Bonnor M.D., F.A.C.S., of Texas Surgical Arts in Houston, TX performs breast reduction surgery to create a balanced size to remedy many of the concerns associated with larger breasts. Dr. Bonnor performs every breast reduction based on the unique condition and goal of each patient. To learn more about whether breast reduction is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bonnor online or call (281) 579-5638.
About Breast Reduction in Houston
A breast reduction can help not only to improve the physical proportions of a woman’s figure but, it can also dramatically reduce physical pain and emotional concerns caused by the weight or larger size of the breasts. This surgery often consists of the removal of excess skin and breast tissue sometimes requiring liposuction to reduce small amounts of stubborn fat.Breast reductions remain one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery. They produce consistently high rates of patient satisfaction combining with both physical and psychological improvements.
Your Private Consultation with Dr. Bonnor
When consulting with his patients, Dr. R. M. Bonnor listens carefully to understand the personal expectations of each woman. His personalized approach to breast reduction allows him to achieve natural-looking results that are beautifully proportioned to each woman’s figure. For many, breast reduction is a necessary surgery that will also have several lifestyle benefits. These benefits include increased self-confidence, improved comfort during exercise and other physical activity, a significant reduction in back, neck, or shoulder pain, and a wider range of clothing options.
Dr. Bonnor delivers the highest-quality of patient care. He completed multiple Fellowships after his general surgery residency including one in minimally invasive surgery at Duke University’s Medical Center and one in cosmetic surgery at Southern Surgical Arts. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and won the William K. Miles, M.D. Award for highest written score on the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery’s written exam.
What to Expect During Breast Reduction
On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with Dr. Bonnor before your procedure.
He’ll review your condition and make sure you are prepared for the surgery. You’ll then be made comfortable and placed under the appropriate anesthesia. During the procedure. Dr. Bonnor will make an incision designed to minimize any scarring. He will then remove the excess breast tissue, skin and fat deposits to reduce the overall weight and volume of the breast. After removal, he will reposition the breast tissue to recontour your chest into the shape you desire. Depending on your goals, he may adjust the position of your nipple and areola as well. Any asymmetries of the breasts can also be fixed at this time to ensure you have balanced breasts that suit your overall physique.
After your procedure, you’ll notice decreased pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. As you recover, you can enjoy wearing better fitting clothes that showcase your sleeker silhouette and well-proportioned frame.
You’ll experience better freedom of movement and you can now participate in those physical activities that made you uncomfortable before. The benefits of breast reduction are long-lasting. You can enjoy your new physique for the rest of your life.
Surveys of thousands of breast reduction patients report a high level of patient satisfaction, decreased physical discomfort and a much improved quality of life. Specifically patients report many psychological benefits including greater self-esteem, decreased anxiety and depression, and improved sexual function. These benefits persist regardless of other factors such as body mass index (BMI).
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Houston?
Breast reductions are a highly customizable procedure. The costs can vary depending on a patient’s unique circumstances. After your consultation, Texas Surgical Arts can provide you with a comprehensive set of costs. We have no hidden costs at Texas Surgical Arts.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Candidates for breast reduction are in good health and unhappy with breasts that are too large for their frame. They may experience back or neck pain associated with large breasts and they may be unhappy with their appearance. The clothes they wear might not fit how they want or they might be unable to wear some clothes they’d like to wear. They might also feel limited in participation in physical activities.
After undergoing your preliminary examination by Dr. Bonnor, you may be asked to have a mammogram to establish a baseline and analyze your breast tissue. It’s best to follow all recommendations by Dr. Bonnor regarding any medication you are currently taking. Some patients may be asked to pause or adjust the medication to best prepare for breast reduction surgery.
For ideal outcomes, you should stop smoking months before your reduction mammaplasty. Smoking increases the risk of complications for any surgical procedure and breast reductions are no exception. Smoking impairs many of the natural functions of your body including your circulatory system and your ability to heal. It’s best to avoid these risks altogether.
You should also pause any blood-thinners as instructed by Texas Surgical Arts. These include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin and Aleve as well as herbal supplements such as ginseng, St. John’s Wort and ginkgo biloba.
Your recovery will begin in the comfort of our outpatient facility where we can monitor your progress. Once you have been cleared we will release you to a caregiver who can drive you home and help you for the next day or two. Ideally, you can take a week or two off from work so you can rest and recuperate at home. Drink lots of fluids and eat a nutritious diet as that will help your body’s natural healing process. Avoid any heavy lifting during this time. If you experience any discomfort, make sure to maintain your schedule of medications as prescribed by Texas Surgical Arts.
Don’t rush back to any strenuous activity. Make sure to discuss your schedule with Dr. Bonnor and get clearance before undertaking athletic or other intense exercise. Also, it might be tempting to start wearing those tight fitting clothes you’ve been visualizing. It’s best to delay this desire for a few months. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing while you are recovering to best protect your results. You’ll have the rest of your life to enjoy your new proportionate figure. A full recovery from breast reduction can take up to a year.
Most breast reductions occur without any complications. But like any involved procedure there are some inherent risks. Most complications that do arise tend to be associated with additional risk factors such as active smoking and morbid obesity. You can greatly reduce any risk of complications by postponing surgery until you are closer to your ideal body weight and quit smoking.
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