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Breast Reduction Surgery in New York

Many different types of individuals can find themselves in need of breast-reduction surgery. Technically referred to as reduction mammoplasty, this operation can accomplish several different objectives for patients. The goals of the surgery can include a reduction in the volume of the breasts, improving the shape of the breast, narrowing the width of the breast and lifting the breast/nipple. There are many benefits to breast reduction surgery including reduction in back and neck pain, regained ability to play sports and exercise, ability to wear a wider variety of clothes and not feeling-self conscious about disproportionately sized breasts. Women of all ages can benefit. Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery are some of Dr. Pfeifer’s happiest patients.

Breast reduction can provide relief for shoulder and back pain when exceptionally large breasts are contributing factor. Some women experience problems fitting into normally-sized clothing when the size of their breasts is excessive. For example, a woman may need to wear a dress size that is too large for her just to accommodate her large breast size. Other physical concerns that are a result of breast size can include irritation and infection where the crease under the breast forms. In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of the breast reduction procedure. Ms. Judy Polhemus is Dr. Pfeifer’s insurance coordinator and she will work with you and your insurance company to determine if insurance will cover your procedure.

Breast Reduction Techniques

Dr. Pfeifer is fellowship trained in aesthetic surgery of the breast and as such is experienced in the different types of breast reduction procedures. She most often uses the superior pedicle with limited scar procedure popularized by Dr. Madeline LeJour, a woman plastic surgeon from Belgium. This technique helps create a pleasing shape to the breast while limiting the amount of scars. It helps maintain upper pole fullness, narrows the width of the breast, creates a pleasing shape and, in some cases, permits a scar only around the areola and a vertical scar (lollipop pattern scar). In some cases a scar in the crease under the breast is necessary. Patient with very large breasts may require an inferior pedicle technique and/or an anchor pattern scar. Most patients heal very well and their scars fade with time. In addition Dr. Pfeifer uses a special suture, Quill, which she believes leads to better scars. After surgery, she instructs patients to wear paper tape for 3 months to help improve the appearance of the scar.

Recovering From a Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in either an ambulatory surgery center, The Center for Specialty Care, or Dr. Pfeifer’s accredited in-office operating suite. Patients are discharged home the day of surgery wearing a supportive bra. Patients can expect swelling and soreness in the breasts. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst level of discomfort, most patients are a 2 or 3. Many patients take mild medications post-operatively, using a small amount of muscle relaxant and non-steroidal such as Motrin and/or Tylenol.

Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery are typically very satisfied with both the aesthetic result and with how they feel after surgery. Patients typically experience greater mobility, reduced pain in multiple locations of the body, and a greater sense of confidence related to their body image.

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