Women seek breast reduction for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a decision to end chronic back and neck pain as well as shoulder pain from heavy breasts. Others are weary of dealing with the unwanted attention often associated with full figures. Whatever the motivation, breast reduction in Omaha offers women much-needed relief from the physical and emotional challenges of having excessively large breasts.
The physicians at Aesthetic Surgical Images are among the most highly credentialed breast reduction surgeons in Omaha. Over the years, they have helped hundreds of women look and feel better through skilled, compassionate care.
Breast Reduction: Surgery for Teens
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Understanding Breast Reduction
In Omaha, breast reduction surgery reshapes oversized breasts to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. In your breast reduction consultation, your physician will discuss your desired shape and size and will determine the best way to achieve natural-looking results that are in better proportion to your body.
As with any type of surgery, patients should select a board-certified physician with exceptional training. You can take comfort in knowing that all of our surgeons are board-certified and our facility is fully accredited. The philosophy of Aesthetic Surgical Images is to provide patients with an experience, not just an operation. Delivering excellent results in a safe, comfortable atmosphere is our highest priority.
Breast Reduction in Teenagers
Occasionally breast growth can be unusually excessive in young teenage females. Breast overdevelopment can be severe enough to result in social withdrawal, leading to a delay in developing important social skills. For example, young teenage females with excessively large breasts often fail to participate in sports or other athletic activities. If large breasts significantly impact the quality of a young woman’s life and prevent normal social development, it is reasonable to consider breast reduction. Ideally, a patient should wait until breast development has stabilized, which often occurs between the ages of 16 and 18. If overdevelopment of the breast is severe enough, however, breast reduction may be done for a young female as young as 14, even though breast growth has not finished. To determine whether an insurance company will cover the procedure, pre-authorization will be required. After you consult with your board-certified plastic surgeon, our office will send a letter to your insurance company. The letter will include specific complaints and appropriate codes required by the insurance company. The letter will be accompanied by photographs and a recommendation regarding how much breast tissue is to be removed. Very commonly it takes 6-8 weeks to receive an answer.
Your Breast Reduction Procedure
Typically conducted as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, breast reduction surgery lasts around 2 hours. During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions around the nipple, vertically down the breast, and along the breast fold, similar to an anchor shape. Then, the surgeon will remove excess tissue, fat, and skin, and the breast will be lifted and tightened. The surgeon will also reduce and elevate the areola, the pigmented skin around the nipple. The physician will carefully conceal the scars from breast reduction surgery, which typically fade nicely over time.
For women who want a more slender look overall, our physicians frequently perform liposuction during breast reduction surgery to remove fat on other parts of the body.
To learn more about the benefits of this or other reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, spend some time reading through answers to our patients’ most frequently asked questions.
Wound Healing Following Breast Reduction
Patients are often concerned about scarring following breast reduction surgery because of the length of the scars associated with this procedure.
To minimize scarring, patients can use techniques designed to decrease tension on the wound closure, including steristrips, silicone scar sheeting, and compressive support bras.
Massaging scars with a variety of topical agents is helpful as well. Patients should also avoid sun exposure and tanning after the procedure.
In the occasional patient who develops hypertrophic scarring, the doctor may recommend steroid injections.
Wound remodeling occurs for at least 12-18 months following surgery. If you’re concerned about scarring following breast reduction surgery, discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will help you manage this problem.
Breast Size After Surgery
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Breast Reduction Recovery
Breast reduction is a commonly performed procedure associated with high satisfaction rates. This procedure improves quality of life and alleviates symptoms associated with breast hypertrophy.
Remember that recovery varies from patient to patient. The vast majority of patients have uneventful recoveries, but occasionally patients have complications. These are usually related to problems with wound healing and occur for a variety of reasons.
Breast reduction makes the breast smaller and also lifts the breast into a normal position. This requires the development of skin flaps and the removal of excess skin. These skin flaps occasionally have a compromised blood supply, which can lead to wound healing problems.
Infection, obesity, diabetes, and cigarette smoking can adversely impact blood flow to skin flaps and can negatively affect wound healing. Patients should make every effort to minimize the impact of these risk factors. This will ultimately result in fewer wound-healing problems and less scarring.
Your surgeon should have experience performing breast reduction and should be board certified in plastic surgery. Scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, but with proper care, patients can minimize scars following breast reduction surgery.
Enjoying Your Breast Reduction Results
“I wish I would have done this sooner!” This is what most of our patients say after surgery. No longer hindered by the size and weight of their breasts, women are inspired to get back into the physical and social activities they once avoided. Visit our before and after photo gallery to see the difference breast reduction has made for our patients.
Types of Breast Reductions
To help our patients achieve the best possible outcome, we customize each procedure based on their individual medical history and desired aesthetic goals. We will discuss the various types of breast reduction options available to our Omaha patients so that they can make an informed decision about their care.
Liposuction-Only Breast Reduction
Liposuction-only breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the breasts. The technique involves removing fatty tissue from the area to reduce overall breast size. It is ideal for patients who are looking to decrease their breast size without undergoing a more invasive traditional surgical breast reduction. During liposuction, the surgeon will make small incisions and will insert a cannula (a thin tube) into the fatty tissues beneath the skin of the breast. The cannula then removes excess fatty tissue, reducing both the volume and weight of the breasts.
Skin-Only Breast Reduction
Skin-only breast reduction is a surgical technique that reduces large, heavy breasts. During this procedure, the surgeon removes excess glandular tissue and fat from the breasts while leaving the skin intact. This type of breast reduction surgery can effectively reduce the size of your breasts while also lifting them into a more desirable position.
The procedure begins with an incision made along the natural breast crease, which allows for access to the underlying tissues. Once the incision has been made, the surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue and fat are removed and reshape the breast to create a smaller, more proportionate contour. The surgeon will then pull down the remaining skin and reposition the nipples in a higher position.
Combination Skin and Fat Removal Technique
The combination skin and fat removal technique is a type of breast reduction surgery that utilizes both skin and fat removal to reduce the size and reshape the breasts. This procedure combines traditional breast reduction techniques such as glandular tissue removal, liposuction, and nipple repositioning with newer techniques such as laser-assisted liposuction. The combination approach allows for a more tailored result that the surgeon can customize to each patient’s body proportions and aesthetic goals.
During this type of breast reduction procedure, the surgeon will make an incision along the natural breast crease to access the underlying tissues. The surgeon will then remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin while using liposuction to refine the overall shape of the breasts. Finally, the surgeon will tighten any remaining excess skin and reposition the nipples into a higher position on the chest wall.
“The single best thing about my surgery is the results. The healing process was quick for me and fairly painless. My body feels better, my clothing fits better and I feel good about myself. I am 53 years old and had been wanting a breast reduction all of my adult life. I chose ASI after viewing their website. From my first consultation to the post-op check ups, the nursing staff, receptionists, and Dr. Bruneteau made me feel comfortable and understood my concerns and expectations. They are knowledgeable, kind, very informative of the process and patient with all of our questions and concerns. 3 months post-op and I am just extremely happy with my results! It’s is even more than I had hoped for! The surgery has changed the way I view myself, how I feel in my clothing and how good I physically feel each day. I would highly recommend ASI and Dr. Bruneteau for any cosmetic procedure you are considering.”5 Stars
Breast Reduction FAQs
The majority of stitches do not need to be removed. A few external stitches may be present and will be removed in the first 7 to 14 days after surgery.
Bruising is normally gone in 2 weeks after your operation. Approximately 80% of your swelling will be gone in 3-4 weeks after surgery. The last 20% will gradually subside over the next few months. The scarring associated with the surgery normally fades over 12-24 months.
General anesthesia will be used. It will be administered by an anesthesiologist, a doctor who specializes in anesthesia.
This procedure demonstrates significant effectiveness in alleviating discomfort patients experience in the shoulders, back, and neck from large breasts. Additionally, the operation will lift the breasts and provide a more shapely and youthful appearance. The vast majority of our patients say, “I wish I had done it sooner.”
If you live in the state of Nebraska, Aesthetic Surgical Images offers breast reduction among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Breast reduction surgery is commonly performed at Aesthetic Surgical Images. Our staff is very experienced in the individual needs and goals of women requesting this type of surgery. After being greeted by our staff, you will have a lengthy consultation with your surgeon who will explain the risks and benefits associated with this procedure, perform a physical examination and determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery. After the consultation and physical examination, your doctor will discuss with you how much breast weight will be removed.
After you are scheduled for surgery you will be given instructions regarding medications you should not take prior to surgery. These include aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds and ibuprofen. Other pain medications are listed and will be discussed by our nursing staff. You will be instructed not to smoke for at least two weeks before surgery and for at least 14 days after surgery. Approximately 1-2 weeks before surgery you will be scheduled for a preoperative visit. This is a good time to ask any additional questions you may have.
On the day of surgery, you will arrive 60 to 90 minutes before your scheduled operation. You will visit with the anesthesiologist and will be given the opportunity to ask your doctor any additional questions.
A surgical support bra will be applied immediately following the surgery. Beneath the bra there may be some additional bandages. You will stay in our recovery area until you are fully recovered. You will then be allowed to go home with a companion who will spend the rest of the day and the night with you.
You will need an adult with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. If you live more than an hour from Omaha your physician will recommend you stay at a nearby hotel. You will return to our office the next day to be examined by either your surgeon or the physician’s assistant. The next follow-up visit will be scheduled approximately one week after that.
During your preoperative visit, you will be given specific instructions on your postoperative care. You will be asked not to lift anything over five pounds for two weeks and not to raise your elbows above your shoulders. You can still wash and fix your hair, but high reaching will be discouraged. You will also be requested not to do any heavy lifting for up to four weeks. Other details regarding your postoperative care will be discussed by your doctor.
Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery often tell us they can feel relief from neck and back pain the very next day. Most women can resume work approximately 1-2 weeks after a reduction. Aerobic activities may need to be deferred for 4-6 weeks postoperatively. Most of the sutures will be absorbable but some may need to be removed after about a week. You will wear the support bra from surgery for several weeks. Swelling and discoloration around the incisions generally subside in a few days. Temporary changes in sensation of the nipples and skin is normal, and will improve with time. Since incisions are usually made around and below the nipple, scars should not be noticeable even in low-cut clothing.
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