Breast Reduction


Making You More Comfortable

Women who are not happy with the size, shape, or weight of their breasts can choose to undergo breast reduction surgery to achieve a more desirable chest appearance. With breast reduction surgery, women can take back control of their lives by changing their body’s appearance and gaining more self-confidence. If you are considering breast reduction surgery in Northern Virginia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghaznavi at our Herndon, VA office today.

Why Women Consider Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery for women with large breasts who are uncomfortable in clothing or when participating in activities. It may also help reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain. Breast reduction surgery is meant to reduce the size of your breasts. It can also raise and tighten the nipples and provide a perkier appearance.

Breast reduction surgery is often considered by woman whose bra cup size is D-cup or larger. Large breasts may cause physical discomfort because they’re too large for your body frame.

Even if your breasts are large and uncomfortable, women should wait until they’ve had all of their children because breast reduction surgery can interfere with the mammary glands and the ability to breastfeed.

Common Reasons For Breast Reduction Surgery include:

  • Breasts are causing you physical pain, especially in your back
  • Breasts are causing skin irritation
  • Breasts are causing bra strap grooves
  • Breasts are too large for your body frame
  • Suffered significant trauma to breasts
  • Breasts prevent you from engaging in physical activity
  • Breasts that make you feel unhappy with your appearance

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts to make the breasts smaller and more proportionate to the body. The surgery is typically performed on women with large breasts who experience physical and emotional discomfort because of their size.

The surgery is done under general anesthesia. To begin the surgery, an incision is made in each breast near the natural crease of the armpit. The nipple and areola may need to be repositioned after the skin has been removed. Fat, glandular tissue, and skin are then reduced or redistributed into a more desirable position.

The remaining breast tissue can be reshaped to fit the new size and location of the breast. In some cases, a woman may need this surgery if she has had a previous breast cancer treatment that has damaged her skin or other tissues around her nipple area.

The surgery can be performed using a number of different techniques. The most common types of incisions include a lollipop-shaped or anchor-shaped incision around the areola. All techniques involve removing excess breast tissue, skin, and fat. In some cases, the nipples and areolas may also be reduced in size. In the case of very large breasts, a free nipple graft is used to transplant the nipple and areola. The surgery usually takes two to four hours to complete, and patients typically require one or two nights in the hospital.

Preparing For Breast Reduction Surgery

In addition to understanding expectations and asking questions, it is important that patients know how to prepare for surgery. At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, our team will make sure you understand the steps to take prior to your procedure, which may include the following:

  • Stop taking certain medications
  • Get a baseline mammogram, if necessary
  • Stop smoking for a significant length of time
  • Follow all day-of instructions

In addition to these steps, you will also want to arrange someone to drive you to and from your procedure. It is also helpful to have someone stay overnight with you after your procedure to assist you with post-operative care.

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Results of Breast Reduction

Most people are happy with the results of breast reduction surgery. Patients can see results immediately, though it will take time for the swelling to subside. The breasts are smaller and more proportional to the body, and many women find that they experience relief from physical symptoms they may have had as a result of large breasts, such as back and neck pain. In some cases, it can even help improve a woman’s self-confidence and body image.

Medically Necessary Breast Reduction

Many insurance companies now consider breast reduction surgery medically necessary, and it is typically covered under most health insurance policies. In order to be eligible for the surgery, a woman must have physical symptoms from her large breasts. Please check with your insurance provider to see if this procedure would be covered for you.

Recovery From Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is generally considered to be safe, but like any major surgery, it does carry some risks. The most common risk is bleeding during the initial healing process. However, once the woman is healed, she will require regular checkups with her doctor in order to monitor for complications that may arise later on.

The postoperative period following surgery is important for the patient. It is during this time that the patient will begin to heal and recover from the surgery. There are a few things that patients can do to help ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

  • Follow the post-operative instructions given by the surgeon. These instructions will tell the patient what to do and what not to do in order to ensure a healthy recovery.
  • Make sure to get plenty of rest and take things easy during this time.
  • Wear their compression garments as directed by the surgeon.
  • Avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks following the surgery. Patients should also avoid contact sports, such as basketball or football, during this time.

Can Breast Reduction Be Combined With Other Procedures?

This surgery can often be combined with other surgical procedures. Common surgeries that are performed at the same time as breast reduction include the tummy tuck and liposuction of the legs or thighs to help sculpt the body. Sometimes, liposuction of the breasts is also used during reduction surgery.

Combining surgeries can help to achieve a more comprehensive result and can often be more convenient for the patient. However, it’s important to discuss all of your surgical options with Dr. Ghaznavi to determine the best plan for your individual needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction

At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your procedure. Please see some common questions and answers below. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call at (571) 517-1788 or schedule an appointment online.

Can I wear a bra after surgery?

Your breasts will need support after surgery, especially while you are healing. As tempting as it may be, you should not go braless while you are recovering. Instead, opt for a comfortable and supportive alternative such as a compression bra, a bra that clasps in the front, or a bra with thick, adjustable straps.

Is breast augmentation painful?

You can expect some pain, swelling and bruising in and around the surgery site. These symptoms typically subside in about a week. During recovery, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Following Dr. Ghaznavi's instructions will ensure that you heal quickly.

When can I start driving again?

You should be able to drive about one week after your surgery.

Can I combine breast augmentation with another procedure?

Yes, breast augmentation can be combined with other procedures. Most often, breast augmentation is combined with breast lift surgery, but at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA it can also be combined with tummy tuck and liposuction procedures.

Should I wait until after Ive had children to get breast augmentation? Can I breastfeed?

No, women can still sustain a healthy pregnancy and successfully breastfeed following implantation. Your implant is located below the breast tissue and will not affect your ability to produce milk. However, women who receive periareolar incisions during breast augmentation are at higher risk of developing breastfeeding complications.

Is breast augmentation a good solution for sagging breasts?

Breast augmentation is not a solution for sagging breasts. Patients with this condition will need a breast lift. The good news is that at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, these can often be done at the same time.

How quickly does a ruptured implant need to be removed?

Though not an immediate, emergency situation, breast implants should be replaced fairly quickly, usually within a few months of rupture. In most cases. Dr. Ghaznavi can perform removal and reimplantation in the same procedure.

Do the CCs in implants correlate to a bra cup size?

CCs do not correlate with bra cup size. Though breast augmentation will increase the volume and fullness of your breasts, no woman's body is the same. Your body will look and respond differently to implants than another woman's body. For that reason, we cannot guarantee that you will be a specific bra cup size after your breast augmentation.

Can I still get a mammogram?

Yes, you will still be able to get a mammogram. In order to get a good look at your breast, your mammogram may be slightly more invasive than before surgery. Talk to your women's health provider about how often you need a mammogramu2014this varies on your age and family history of breast cancer.

How can I prepare for my procedure?

Before your surgery, Dr. Ghaznavi will help you decide on your specific type of implant based on your preferences for appearance, feel, and size. Once you have chosen your implants, Dr. Ghaznavi may order a mammogram, depending on your cancer risk. If you smoke, you will need to stop for a couple of weeks prior to your procedure. Our team at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA may also instruct you to stop taking certain medications leading up to your surgery. On the day of your surgery, refrain from eating and drinking, wear comfortable clothing and follow all other instructions. Make sure you have someone to drive you home from the surgery. Check out our patient resources for more information about how you can prepare for your surgery.

How soon can I return to work?

Most people go back to work 1-2 weeks after their procedure. If your job requires you to lift over 5 pounds, you may need to delay your return to work for longer.

Will I lose sensation in my breasts?

Numbness of the breast is normal following your procedure. Temporary loss of sensitivity or sensation in the nipple can also occur and is caused by disruption of the nerve during surgery. Sensation typically returns about six months after your procedure, but some women never regain sensation.

How can I tell if my implant has ruptured?

Signs of implant rupture include changes in breast size and shape, pain and swelling. “Silent rupture” occurs when there are no noticeable signs of rupture and can only be detected by MRI. The FDA recommends that patients receive regular MRIs every three years after implantation surgery and every two years after that. If you think your implant has ruptured, make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Will I have to have more surgery?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices and will experience wear and tear as they age. They will eventually need to be replaced with breast implant exchange surgery. Luckily, this procedure is typically less invasive and painful than your initial implant surgery. You will also need removal and reimplantation surgery if you experience any complications after your initial procedure, such as rupture or capsular contracture.

Is breast augmentation covered by my insurance?

Since breast augmentation is an elective, cosmetic surgery, it is not covered by most insurance plans. At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we believe that payment should not be a barrier to feeling your best, and we offer flexible payment plans for our patients.

Who is a Candidate for this Procedure?

This procedure is typically recommended for patients who have drooping or sagging breasts due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight fluctuations. It can be performed on patients of any age, but it is usually recommended for patients who are finished having children.

Is it painful?

During the procedure, patients are given anesthesia to numb the area and reduce discomfort. Some patients may experience discomfort or pain after the surgery, but this can typically be managed with pain medication. If your pain following the procedure is unmanageable or severe, please contact AMG Plastic Surgery as soon as possible.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure can vary depending on the individual patient and the extent of the surgery. In general, a breast lift takes about two to three hours to complete.

How long is the recovery after the procedure?

The recovery time can vary from person to person, but most patients are able to return to work within a week. However, they should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, for at least four to six weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions closely during the recovery period to ensure a successful outcome.

Are there any risks or complications associated with this surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and potential complications. These can include infection, scarring, changes in sensation in the breast or nipple, and difficulty breastfeeding. Dr. Ghaznavi will discuss the potential risks and complications with you before the surgery. By closely following post-operative instructions, you can reduce your risk of developing an infection or other complications.

How long do results last?

The results can last for many years, but the breasts will continue to age and may eventually begin to sag again. The longevity of the results can be affected by factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. To maintain the results, it is important to maintain a stable weight and avoid activities that can cause the breasts to sag, such as heavy lifting or high-impact exercise. If you have any questions or concerns about the longevity of your breast lift results, be sure to talk to Dr. Ghaznavi.

Will I have any scars?

As a dual board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ghaznavi has performed countless procedures in which incisions are necessary. While he always tries to make incisions that are small or in an inconspicuous place, some scarring may occur around the incision site. The possibility of scarring is something that you can discuss during your initial consultation, along with other risks and considerations.

What should I avoid after surgery?

It is important to avoid activities that could put excessive pressure on your breasts or cause them to become inflamed. This can include heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and contact sports. You should also avoid sleeping on your stomach and wearing clothes that are too tight or restrictive. It is important to follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions for aftercare to ensure the best possible outcome.

Can this procedure increase the size of my breasts?

While this procedure can improve the shape and position of the breasts, it does not necessarily increase their size. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, you may want to consider a breast augmentation procedure in addition to a breast lift. Breast augmentation involves the placement of breast implants to add volume to the breasts.

Can I still breastfeed after surgery?

In most cases, women are able to breastfeed after this procedure. However, there is a slight risk that the milk ducts or nipples could be damaged during the surgery, which could affect the ability to breastfeed. Before undergoing a breast lift, it is important to discuss your breastfeeding plans with Dr. Ghaznavi to determine the best course of action. In some cases, he may recommend waiting until after you have finished breastfeeding to have the surgery.

Am I a candidate for breast reduction?

Women with large breasts who deal with daily discomfort, pain, unwanted attention, difficulty participating in physical activities or other adverse symptoms may benefit from a breast reduction. In some cases, this surgery may also be recommended for medical reasons. Candidates can be any age but their breasts must have finished developing.

Can men get this surgery?

Yes. Men with gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, can also benefit from this procedure. Called male breast revision surgery, the surgery removes excess glandular tissue and fat, helping patients achieve a more toned look.

Will breast reduction also lift my breasts?

Since the nipple is repositioned during surgery, all breast reduction procedures include some degree of lifting. This means that some tightening of the breasts can be expected.

Can I have children after this surgery?

We recommend that patients wait to have this surgery until after they are finished having children. Reduction surgery can affect the mammary glands and decrease your milk supply. Another potential problem for breastfeeding moms after surgery is increased or decreased nipple sensitivity, which can make it more difficult to express milk.

What can I expect during the surgery?

During this procedure, patients are first put under general anesthesia. The exact technique used will depend on the specifics of your case, but generally, Dr. Ghaznavi will make an incision around the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) and then down the front of the breast. The excess tissue will then be removed and the remaining breast tissue will be reshaped to create a smaller, firmer breast. The incisions will then be closed with stitches and a dressing will be applied.

Is it painful?

The surgery is performed under anesthesia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some pain and discomfort during recovery can be expected but can be managed through pain medication. Ice packs can be used to help with pain and swelling.

How long does the surgery take?

Since no patient is the same, the duration of surgery can differ. It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

How long does it take to recover?

Recovery is different for everyone, and patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions in order to ensure a smooth recovery. Patients will need to wear a surgical bra and refrain from lifting heavy objects and engaging in physical activity for about four to six weeks, or as specified by Dr. Ghaznavi.

Will I have scars?

Dr. Ghavnazi is a highly experienced and skilled surgeon who makes every effort to use a minimal amount of incisions. He also favors small incisions over large ones. However, patients will have some scarring that will fade as time goes on.

Are there any risks?

Breast reduction is considered safe. However, it comes with risks of complications, like any procedure. These complications include infection, temporary bruising and loss of nipple sensation. Dr. Gorantla and the team at AMG Plastic Surgery will review these risks and considerations prior to your procedure.

Does my insurance cover the cost?

If your breast reduction is deemed medically necessary, your insurance will likely cover it. You must experience negative health effects due to your large breasts in order to get your procedure medically covered.

How long do results last?

The results of breast reduction surgery typically last a long time, but it is important to maintain a stable weight and avoid significant fluctuations in weight, as this can affect the size and shape of the breasts. Additionally, the natural aging process and changes in hormones can also affect the size and shape of the breasts over time.

Is liposuction an alternative to breast reduction?

Liposuction is a good alternative for some patients who desire smaller breasts. It is less invasive, requires less recovery time and leaves little-to-no scarring. Breast reduction surgery also lifts the breasts when the nipple is repositioned, while liposuction does not tighten and lift. In certain cases, liposuction is used in conjunction with reduction.

What does this procedure entail?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, this surgical procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. It is typically performed to improve the appearance of the midsection and to give the abdomen a smoother, firmer look.

Who is a good candidate?

There are several factors that may make a person a good candidate, including excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, loose or sagging skin, poor muscle tone, pregnancy or significant weight loss and good overall health. It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ghaznavi to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

Should I wait until I am done have kids to have a tummy tuck?

For best results, we recommend having this procedure once you are finished having children. Not surprisingly, pregnancy can reverse your results. Patients who chose this procedure should be healthy overall, close to their desired weight and should not intend to become pregnant in the future.

How long does this procedure take?

The length of the procedure varies depending on the extent of the surgery. A full tummy tuck can take as little as 90 minutes to complete. Based on your specific needs and treatment goals, it may take longer.

Are there different types of tummy tucks?

Procedures involving less excess skin and fat are sometimes referred to as mini tummy tucks. A regular or full tummy tuck refers to patients with a larger amount of skin. The techniques used by Dr. Ghaznavi during the surgery depend on the amount of excess skin and fat to be removed. Patients may require different placement of incisions depending on the extent of the surgery.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Most people need to take at least one to two weeks off work to recover. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks after the procedure.

Will I have a drain during recovery?

Patients will need to wear a drain for a couple of days to about a week after the procedure. The drain will be situated around the incisions to remove excess fluid. Our team will show you how to take care of the drain before sending you home after surgery, along with other post-operative instructions.

What should I wear during recovery?

Immediately after the surgery and for about a week afterward, patients will need to wear a drain. After the drain is removed, patients will wear a compression garment for around 6 weeks, or as specified by Dr. Ghaznavi. During recovery, we recommend patients wear loose-fitting or baggy pants to avoid irritation, support healing and feel as comfortable as possible.

Is this procedure safe?

Yes, this is a generally safe procedure, especially when performed by a board-certified surgeon.

Are there any risks or complications?

As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with this procedure. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is important to discuss the risks and potential complications of a tummy tuck with your surgeon before the procedure. While Dr. Ghaznavi will try to make scars inconspicuous, they can still occur.

Does insurance cover the procedure?

Most insurance plans will not cover this surgery, since it is considered an elective procedure. However, patients should still check with their insurance company before the procedure. If you need help communicating with your insurance, talk to our team—we are happy to help!

How long do the results last?

The results are typically long-lasting, but it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, to help maintain the results. Weight gain and pregnancy can affect the results of a tummy tuck, so it is important to consider these factors before undergoing the procedure.

Why Choose A Board Certified Doctor For Your Breast Reduction?

If you are considering this procedure, you want to know that your surgeon has the skills and knowledge to provide the absolute best results. Dr. Ghaznavi, of AMG Plastic Surgery, is double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. As the name suggests, double board certified means that he has completed multiple extensive levels of training and passed all-encompassing exams to obtain two certifications. By achieving this combination of broad certifications, Dr. Ghaznavi has the training to take patient care to the highest level utilizing the latest techniques, tools, and devices. Surgery is not right for everyone, and with his knowledge and experience, Dr. Ghaznavi will help patients in Herndon, VA determine what treatment plan works best for their goals.

Request A Consultation In Herndon, VA Today

If you have large breasts that are causing you physical or emotional discomfort and are interested in this procedure, request a consultation with Dr. Ghaznavi at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA. During your consultation, our team will discuss your desired results, types of procedures, risks and considerations and answer any questions you may have. We understand that the decision to undergo a plastic surgery procedure should not be taken lightly, and we are here to thoroughly educate you on your treatment options and help you feel empowered to make decisions about your care.

To request consultation, please call (571) 517-1788 or fill out on online appointment request form. Our team looks forward to serving you!

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