Oversized breasts can be a source of profound discomfort and insecurity for many women. Large breasts can limit clothing options, make exercise difficult, and generally make women self-conscious about their appearance. Dr. John Silverton, a renowned plastic surgeon, performs breast reduction to decrease the size of the breasts in order to achieve a more proportionate figure and reduce the back and neck pain often associated with larger breasts. As with other breast surgeries, including breast augmentation and breast lift, breast reduction can enhance one’s appearance. Visit our gallery to see before-and-after pictures of actual Modesto / Stockton breast reduction patients treated by Dr. Silverton.
About Oversized Breasts
Uncomfortably large breasts may be caused by several different factors. Whatever the cause, breast reduction can help correct the condition. For some women, large breasts are simply hereditary. Others gain breast volume due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. A hormonal imbalance due to a medical condition or medication could also be the culprit.
Women with overly large breasts often suffer from insecurity and discomfort. In addition, many of these women experience constant back and neck pain. It is common to suffer from indentations and bruising on the shoulders from bra straps. Many also have difficulty exercising because their breasts get in the way.
About Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery takes about four hours to perform, so Dr. Silverton’s patients are placed under general anesthesia for the procedure. At Lodi Outpatient Surgery Center, a fully accredited surgical center, conveniently located for patients in Stockton, Modesto, and Tracy as well as the Bay Area, breast reduction is an outpatient procedure.
Breast reduction is typically performed using an anchor-shaped incision that runs around the areola, along the underside of the breast, and down the inframammary fold beneath the breast. Excess skin and tissue are then removed through this incision. Dr. Silverton adjusts the position of the breast to account for its new size and then carefully closes the incision, leaving the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body.
Recovering from Breast Reduction
Though breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, it is still a major surgery requiring weeks of recovery. It is normal to experience some discomfort during the first days of recovery, but Dr. Silverton prescribes medication to help control it. Before leaving our surgical center, breast reduction patients are fitted with a post-surgical support bra to be worn throughout the recovery process.
Most patients will spend a few days resting after surgery. Swelling and bruising are to be expected during the first few days after surgery, but will subside with the help of surgical drains to remove excess fluid. These drains are typically removed three days after the breast reduction procedure. It is a good idea to partake in some light activity, such as walking, as soon as possible after surgery, as this will help speed the recovery process by promoting circulation. However, breast reduction patients should avoid bending over, straining, and heavy lifting for at least three weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work within a month depending on their work responsibilities and physical condition.
Male Breast Reduction – Gynecomastia
If you are male and are embarrassed about the size of your breasts, please be reassured that Dr. Silverton can help. Many times the treatment is as simple as liposuction. Dr. Silverton is experienced at treating gynecomastia.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reduction Surgery
Schedule Your Consultation
Contact Dr. Silverton’s practice, serving Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, and the surrounding area, to schedule a breast reduction consultation. This plastic surgery procedure can help if you are suffering from the effects of uncomfortably large breasts. Take charge of your appearance and your life with breast reduction surgery.