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Breast Reduction Before and After Surgery

Breast Reduction Before And After Surgery

Sometimes, plastic surgery gets a bad rap for always being about looks, sex appeal, and surface-level improvements. But it’s really much more than that, and a case in point is breast reduction surgery.

The reasons women pursue plastic surgery vary. For many women breast augmentation can help them realize their dreams and perfect body. For them pursuing large breasts (or larger breasts) is their goal. Yet for other women it is their large breasts that give them problems. They care about reducing the size of their breasts. The problems women want to address vary and the goals vary as well.

You may be wondering what are the reasons for a breast reduction?  The reasons for breast reduction vary from woman to woman. Often, very large breasts are something that can give many women a difficult time. Most women who pursue a reduction in their breast size complain about shoulder pain before their plastic surgery. They care about reducing back pain. In addition to other complaints that may vary, it is their large breasts that put undue stress on their body, resulting in shoulder pain. 

For many women, their large breasts gives them health problems and confidence issues. A breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of large breasts can be absolutely life-changing. By removing excess breast tissue in large breasts, a breast reduction relieves discomfort and pain on multiple levels, but a breast reduction surgery reducing the size of large breasts can also give a woman a boost of confidence and self-assurance in her day-to-day life. 

If you have large breasts and a breast reduction is something you have been considering for a long time, take a look at our photo gallery and let us walk you through what you can expect before and after breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Surgery Before and After

If you search on TikTok before and after breast reduction surgery, you’ll inevitably see amazing side-by-sides showing a drastic and fabulous-looking reduction in breast size and shape after a breast reduction procedure. The patient will glowingly say that they “wished they’d gotten a breast reduction procedure sooner” and that they “love their results”. 

But as with all breast reduction before and after photos, there’s a lot that happens in between with breast reductions that isn’t shown in the “big reveal”. Results do vary, the experience with the healing process will vary, final goals vary as well. This is where the importance of a photo gallery comes in. A photo gallery allows a patient to see the before and after in clear terms with no extra frills that might distract a patient from seeing the clear transformation.

The bodies of women vary and the goals of these women vary, this helps every patient to see what is possible. Below, we’ll go over the specific steps that must be taken before and after breast reduction so that you, as a patient, can have your own big reveal once you’ve healed from surgery.

What to Expect Before Breast Reduction

Step 1: Booking your consultation

Your first step toward undergoing breast reduction surgery is to book a consultation appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Matthew Schulman. At your consultation, Dr. Schulman can talk to you about his wonderful photo gallery and go over any of the questions that you may have. 

Consultation appointments with Dr. Schulman are designed to create a safe space for discussing your surgical goals and look over the photo gallery with Dr. Schulman. Questions and concerns from patients vary. Dr. Schulman will invite you to bring pictures or photos from magazines if you think it may help guide us as to what you’re looking for after your breast reduction. Referencing these against the photos in our photo gallery will help to bridge the gap between wondering what to expect and knowing to what you as a patient can expect. It is important to discuss with Dr. Schulman what kind of breast size and breast shape you are hoping for, he will try to find photos in the photo gallery to show you. In addition, you want to ask any questions you may have about breast reduction scars and nipple sensation after your breast reduction surgery. You can ask any questions about the photo gallery and what to expect from your personal transformation.

It’s also important that we go through your medical history together. We want to know about any previous surgeries, ongoing medical issues, or other concerns that may interfere with your ability to undergo a breast reduction surgery safely and effectively.

Step 2: Making your decision

After your breast reduction consultation appointment, you’ll have a chance to decide whether or not you want to move forward with the breast reduction. It’s important that you weigh your options and take some time to consider the pros and cons of breast reduction.

During this time, some individuals may need to undergo some additional medical tests to ensure that they are healthy and safe to undergo surgery. Once you are ready and cleared, however, you can simply give us a call and we will schedule your breast reduction surgery.

From here, we can also talk a bit about breast reduction surgery cost. You’ll want to create the proper claim for your breast reduction surgery cost with insurance, if that’s how you plan to pay. Or, you may want to look at financing options if you are going to pay for your breast reduction surgery out of pocket.

Step 3: Preparing for surgery at home

At home, we recommend that you take steps to prepare your surroundings for the period after your breast reduction surgery. Most breast reduction patients opt to ask friends and family members for some help and care after their breast reduction. This may mean getting assistance with cooking, shopping, running errands, taking care of children or pets, etc. 

Of course, if you are working, you’ll also need to take time off from your job after your breast reduction surgery. Speak to Dr. Schulman about just how long you should plan on staying home from work after your surgery. Make sure that you get all of this set ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about it while you are trying to recover.

Step 4: Day of surgery

On the day of your surgery, you’ll have some specific instructions regarding eating and drinking, when to arrive, and having someone close to you who will be able to take you home once your surgery has been completed. 

Please show up on time, and we will welcome you into a preoperative room where you can meet with Dr. Schulman. You will then be given anesthesia and taken to the operating room. During the plastic surgery, Dr. Schulman will carefully remove extra tissue and skin, reducing the size of the fatty tissue in the breast and lifting the breast up to create a more youthful looking appearance.

Once excess tissue and skin has been removed and your breast is now a more manageable size, the operation is complete, you’ll be monitored for a short time before you’re allowed to go home with your friend or family member.

What to Expect After Breast Reduction

Before And After Breast Reduction

Step 1: Going home

Once you have been taken home by a trusted friend or family member, we recommend that you get some rest right away. You’re going to be groggy and tired after your breast reduction surgery, so this is a great time to just rest and relax. The initial recovery experience may vary slightly from patient to patient. Make sure to take care of your incisions and get lots of rest and relaxation.

Swelling, bruising, and some slight discomfort are totally normal after surgery. You will know this from your consultation appointment and looking over the photo gallery. For more severe pain, medications can be prescribed. You’ll also be wearing a special garment over your breasts that will help reduce swelling and ensure great results from your surgery. Be sure to wear this garment as directed as it is an important element of your recovery.

Step 2: Active recovery

Throughout your breast reduction recovery week by week you will improve. Bruising and swelling will dissipate (although swelling is going to last for several weeks and months). You will also notice that the pain diminishes over the first week of recovery. You shouldn’t have to take prescription pain medication for very long.

Speak to Dr. Schulman and his staff about when and how you can bathe and be active. We don’t want you to get your incision sites wet or dirty, yet we know that you want to stay clean and comfortable. We also encourage you to move around and take short walks, however, we also don’t want you to exert yourself too much. Always go by Dr. Schulman’s guidelines to know when you can return to normal activities such as walking, driving, and returning to work. It is important to follow Dr. Schulman’s instructions and to take care of your breast reduction scars to ensure a seamless recovery and see the incredible results you saw in the photo gallery. 

Step 3: Follow-up appointments

In addition to following all of your recovery instructions, also be sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments. These will be spaced regularly throughout your recovery so that Dr. Schulman can monitor your progress and ensure you’re healing well.

Step 4: Seeing your results

It may take several months before you see your full results from breast reduction surgery. But remember what you saw in the photo gallery, the transformation will come, it just takes time to see your full results. Fortunately, after around three weeks, you should be able to go back to exercise. 

In every week that follows, just as you saw in the photo gallery, you’ll see more and more improvements in swelling and the overall shape and comfort level of your breasts. You’ll feel so much better with all of that excess breast tissue and weight off your chest.

The Importance of a Photo Gallery

When considering a breast reduction, it is important to get a clear idea of what to expect before and after this plastic surgery. As with all plastic surgery, results vary. Providing photos so that you can evaluate before and after results reliably is of utmost importance. This is where the importance of providing a photo gallery comes in. Every plastic surgeon should be providing a broad and detailed photo gallery for you to peruse. A good photo gallery allows new patients to browse before and after photos. A broad photo gallery will show women who vary in size and desired outcomes. A quality photo gallery will show both before and after photos. Providing a full photo gallery with quality before and after photos will allow you, a future patient, to see what exactly the situation was, prior to surgery as well as the incredible results. In a good quality photo gallery both the before and after photo will be taken from the same angle so that you can clearly reference the before against the after in clear terms. 

Words can only go so far, patients want to see the photo gallery with their own eyes to see what an incredible transformation can look like. Providing a photo galley gives them this opportunity. Many times a patient wonders about scars or placement, they want to know what their results will look like. A photo gallery will help answer all of their questions. Seeing is believe, and a photo gallery is a great way to see the incredible results that come with a breast reduction.

Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation Today

Problematically large breasts can cause a laundry list of complaints for many women. Breast reductions have helped many women realize their dream body. If one of those women is you, take a look at our photo gallery to learn about the possible transformation and take charge of your life starting today.

Call Schulman Plastic Surgery NYC and schedule a one-on-one breast reduction consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. We look forward to hearing from you.


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