What is Breast Reduction?
This procedure removes glandular tissue, fat, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, firmer, and more proportionate.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
The best candidate for this procedure is a mature woman who understands the procedure and is not planning to breastfeed. For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 618-355-0993.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Breast reduction often helps in relieving back pain because breasts are now more proportionate to the body.
How long does the procedure last?
The procedure lasts 2 to 4 hours.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Dr. Bradley will give you guidelines on drinking and eating and on avoiding certain medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, and smoking. Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure and help you out for a few days. You will need to have a mammogram prior to surgery.
What does surgery involve?
Dr. Bradley will make an incision around the nipple and underneath the breasts. The excess skin, fat and glandular tissue will be removed and the nipple and areola will be moved up. The skin is then brought down to reshape the breast, and the breast is stitched together. Liposuction may be used for contouring around the armpits.
Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?
Generally this procedure is performed outpatient.
When can I return to my normal lifestyle?
You will be up and around within a few days, but you should not go back to work for 1 week. Your stamina will be decreased a great deal for several weeks, and any sexual activity should be avoided for at least 1 week. Dr. Bradley will give you specific guidelines for resuming your normal lifestyle.
Will I need a follow-up visit?
With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide personal follow-up visits to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions.