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What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery offers women with large, heavy breasts the option to reduce the size of their breasts while maintaining a natural shape. You are medically called “reduction mammaplasty”, breast reduction surgery is designed to remove excess breast skin, fat, and glandular tissues to reshape your breasts to a smaller, more proportionate, balanced size and shape. The changes to your outlook, confidence, and lifestyle can be dramatic and significantly improve your physical comfort after a breast reduction in Houston, TX. 

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Why Should I Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery?

Whether you’re interested in breast reduction for aesthetic reasons or other goals, Dr. Courtney can help you achieve your cosmetic goals with breast reduction surgery in Houston, TX. You may struggle with very intense back pain, and discomfort, or may be unable to exercise comfortably. Women with overly large breasts often have difficulty wearing standard-sized, normal tops or bras that fit well.

Dr. Courtney will listen to you about how you feel about breast reduction surgery, offer his professional opinion as a breast surgeon, and answer any questions you may have. Your breast reduction journey is just a step away. We invite you to contact Dr. Courtney and our team today to learn more about breast reduction surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

In general, breast reduction may be a good option for you if:

  • You are a non-smoker in good general health
  • You have a realistic grasp of what the procedure can do for you
  • Your breasts are large enough to limit physical activity or daily activities
  • You are uncomfortable with the size of your breasts
  • You suffer pain, discomfort, or mental stress because of your large breasts

If you fit these criteria, this surgery may be right for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to see how we can help you determine if this or other breast procedures are right for you.

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How Does Breast Reduction Work?

Your breast reduction will be personalized to fit your exact needs; however, there are a few standard steps that he will follow:

  • Anesthesia: Dr. Courtney will perform your surgery with general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist to keep you safe throughout the procedure.
  • Creating the Incisions: Dr. Courtney will carefully place the incisions to hide scars, even in a bikini or plunging neckline. Your incision options may include a circular, keyhole, or anchor-shaped incision, depending on what is needed in your case.
  • Closing the incisions: Dr. Courtney will close his incisions carefully for rapid healing and optimal results.

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many women have dealt with the problems associated with large breasts since puberty, and the benefits of this procedure greatly enhance their quality of life. 

Breast reduction benefits include the following:

  • Breasts that are smaller, perkier, and more proportional
  • Relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
  • Increased comfort daily
  • Nicely fitting clothing, bras, and swimwear
  • Greater ease in running, sports, and exercise
  • A lighter physique
  • Corrected breast asymmetry
  • Boosted confidence and self-image
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How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of breast reduction with Dr. Courtney varies, but on averate it is between $12,500-$13,500. The cost depends on which type of breast reduction you have, the complexity of the procedure required to achieve your aesthetic goals, and whether you have a breast lift or other complementary procedure with your breast reduction.

After you consult with Dr. Courtney, he will determine the type of breast reduction that would be best for you and design a personalized surgical plan to meet your needs and achieve your goals for your breasts. Your surgical plan will include the exact price of your custom breast reduction.

Why Choose Dr. Courtney for Breast Reduction?

Dr. Courtney takes an artistic approach to breast reduction surgery and pays meticulous attention to detail. He also has very high training and experience, as prominent and esteemed plastic surgeons at the Texas Medical Center in Houston mentored him. In addition, Dr. Courtney has been nationally recognized as one of six outstanding surgeons for his research by The American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Courtney employs Vectra XT 3D Imaging, a state-of-the-art imaging system that will give you a glimpse of the new you in your first consultation! You can be confident that we will ensure you feel comfortable, valued, and never pressured.

Breast Reduction Recovery Tips

Choose the best bra

After surgery, your breasts may be wrapped in bandages and a compression garment, which helps to minimize swelling and keep your newly contoured breasts in their best shape. Once this recovery phase is over, you will wear a bra. Choose a soft-cup, supportive garment that will not cause pressure or discomfort. You may be advised to wear this bra while asleep at first. Avoid bras with underwires, as they might disturb the incision sites.

Keep your chest elevated

Swelling is common after breast reduction surgery and can persist for several months. Because of this, you may not immediately see your results. It's a good idea to keep your chest elevated when sitting or lying down to help minimize swelling as much as possible. You can use pillows to support you in bed, elevating your upper body while remaining comfortable.

Accept help from others

After surgery, you will be sore and tired. It's important not to try to do things yourself, as you may risk interfering with your incisions. Allow friends and family members to do chores, fill prescriptions, perform child and pet care, and bring you the needed items. Rest and relaxation are the most important things you need for optimal healing.

Keep hydrated

After surgery, it is common to be dehydrated. Drinking enough water in the days and weeks that come is essential for avoiding fluid retention, flushing the anesthesia out of the body, reducing swelling, and supporting your overall mood. Keep a jug of water handy in every room of your home.

Breast Reduction FAQs:

What is the recovery like?

We will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions that you should follow carefully. You will wear a compression garment to support your breasts and minimize swelling. Information about medications, follow-up, and other specifics will be provided, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.

Does a breast reduction last a lifetime?

Your breasts will be altered in size and restored to a balanced, plump look that lasts, as tissues have been removed.

How much should I change my breast size?

You have likely dreamed of having the ability to exercise comfortably and wear normal sized tops that fit your figure beautifully. In your consultation with Dr. Courtney, you should have an idea about what bra size you would like to have when your procedure is completed.

How should I prepare for breast reduction and lift surgery?

We will work with you to help you prepare for your surgery. Generally, you should adjust any medications as recommended by Dr. Courtney. You should also quit smoking, drinking, and other habits that may hinder your results in any way. You must also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication, or supplements that could increase bleeding.

Will I need someone to help me after surgery?

Because breast reduction is a major surgery, we strongly recommend that you have another trusted adult to take you home and watch over you for the first night after surgery. From there on, you’ll continue to improve and quickly become self-sufficient.

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