Breast Reduction Washington, DC – Maryland - Virginia

Breast Reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is performed in women who feel that their breasts are out of proportion to their body or for women who suffer chronic neck, back and shoulder pain due to the size and weight of their breasts. Generally, the excess weight of large breasts interferes with daily activities, and making it difficult to exercise.  This takes a significant physical and emotional toll on women.

Dr. Pittman performs breast reduction surgery to remove excess breast glandular tissue and excess skin. This results in smaller, perkier breasts.  As a result, symptoms of back, neck and shoulder pain are alleviated immediately following the procedure.

Good Candidates for Breast Reduction

  • Physically healthy patients
  • Non-smokers
  • Women that are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large
  • Physical activity is limited due to the weight of the breasts.
  • Patients that experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight o breasts
  • Regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Breasts hang low and have stretched skin
  • Nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
  • Enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin

The Consultation

In your consultation, Dr. Pittman will discuss your individual goals for the procedure.  Breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure.  Dr. Pittman will use Crisalix virtual imaging to simulate what you can look like after breast reduction.

The Surgery

Breast Reduction surgery takes two hours.  An incision is made around the areola (the colored part around the nipple.  The reduction removes much of the breast tissue from the bottom of the breast, while maintaining fullness in the upper part of the breast.  Excess skin and breast tissue is removed.  There are two types of breast reduction incisions: the anchor and the lollipop.

Mammography after Breast Reduction

Many women are concerned about mammography after breast reduction. Breast reduction does cause a small amount of damage to the breast tissue.  As a result, breast reduction can certainly interfere with post-operative imaging. However, most times, a trained breast radiologist can tell the difference between predictable changes on a mammogram versus an abnormality.  Once you’ve had a breast reduction, it important to notify the radiologist that you have had the surgery when you go for your mammogram.  If you are over 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, Dr. Pittman will recommend a mammogram before surgery. All breast tissue removed is sent for pathologic analysis after breast reduction.

High Patient Satisfaction

Ultimately, breast reduction is certainly a procedure with very high patient satisfaction. Most of our patients comment that they wish they would have had the procedure years ago.

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