what is Breast Reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery by Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, can you help if your breasts are causing you pain and discomfort, unwanted attention, and don’t fit correctly in your clothes. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction effectively reduces the breast size and weight, helping you enjoy a more active and comfortable lifestyle. It also relieves some of the symptoms related to the size of the breasts like physical activity limitations, and posture problems. We also know that women with very large, pendulous breasts tend to have neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Shenaq reshapes the breast, following your natural contours, removing fatty tissue and excess skin. The breasts are then pulled tighter, making them smaller, lifted, and firmer. We perform breast reduction surgeries to remove as much or as little as you want to get your best curves possible.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"From the moment I walked into Dr. Shenaq's office I felt as though I was in good hands. For my first visit, I was trying to get information regarding breast reduction surgery. Dr. Shenaq, his nurse Brenda, and office manager Marcy were very informative about the procedure, cost, and recovery process. I left there feeling very knowledgeable and comfortable with the decision to proceed with the operation. Dr. Shenaq did an excellent job of explaining to me how much tissue should be removed to make the breast still look proportional to my body type. After the surgery the stadff scheduled many follow up appointments. It's been almost a year since the surgery, and I couldn't be happier with the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Shenaq for any cosmetic surgery needs. K.G."- K.G. / Office Visit / Oct 25, 2013
"Dr. Shenaq was both personable and professional. I could not ask for a better surgeon. With Dr. Shenaq's help I have greatly improved my quality of life. My breast reduction has improved my back and neck pain in addition to decreasing the frequency of my headaches. My breasts look completely natural despite the 7 pounds removed. I am ecstatic with the results. My husband is also thrilled with the results. Forever grateful."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Dec 15, 2011
"I had my breast implants replaced by another Plastic Surgeon, which started a horrible journey of infection and rejection. I developed infection in both breasts. The incisions would start to open, my body was rejecting the implants. I decided to remove them completely. But that was not the end of it. On one side the infection was going into my lung cavity so I needed surgery. The doctor that did the surgery highly recommended Dr. Shenaq for breast reconstruction after healing. I met with Dr. Shenaq and immediately knew I have found the right doctor. Dr. Shenaq came up with plan to reconstruct my breast. Now I have beautiful breasts again! I feel so blessed to have had such a brilliant and caring doctor. I highly recommend Dr. Shenaq and his entire team! Feeling blessed Cara Kimberling"- C.K. / Google / Feb 27, 2021
"I am so pleased and happy with my breast reduction!! Dr. Shenaq was so detailed and professional. I am amazed with my results. I must say Dr. Shenaq is an incredible surgeon. He also took such great care of me during and after my surgery. Many Thanks to him and his team."- I. / Google / Aug 01, 2022
Who is a candidate for BREAST REDUCTION?
Breast reduction is appropriate if you experience:
- Disproportionate breasts to the body
- Painfully heavy breasts
- Bra strap grooves in the shoulders
- Limitations on activity
- Slumped posture
What to Expect during BREAST REDUCTION
During a reduction mammaplasty, the surgeon will skillfully remove excess skin and tissue before re-contouring the breasts. The surgeon can choose to implement these incision patterns:
- Incision around the circumference of the areola
- Vertical incision from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast line
- Horizontal incision on the breast line
Liposuction may also be used to safely remove excess tissue in the breast and will minimize scarring as it requires a much smaller incision. It also reduces the risk of losing nipple sensation and discoloration of the areola due to poor blood flow during surgery. The surgeon will discuss the difference between the techniques and help you determine which is best for your needs and goals.
BREAST REDUCTION Considerations
After breast reduction surgery, you may feel immediately lighter, due to the amount of tissue removed. After the surgery, you should wear a compression bra to support the healing process for the first couple of weeks. You will also be given post-operative care instructions and you can pre-schedule your follow-up appointments to help you stay on track during your recovery process. You will need to rest for at least 7-10 days before returning to work. Regular physical activities can be resumed within 6-8 weeks. In some patients, it may take a year for nipple sensitivity to return to normal.
Breast Reduction FAQ
Will my nipples be moved with a breast reduction?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola are may be cut out and moved. Dr. Shenaq will choose an incision technique — so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. It's also possible to perform an areolatome to reduce the size of the areolas. Your options will be explained in your consultation before Dr. Shenaq helps you choose the best plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. Although some women can still breastfeed after a reduction, others cannot. It's difficult to predict whether your surgery will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Shenaq recommends that patients be finished with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is helpful to be at a healthy weight before your surgery that you can easily maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Shenaq will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you should do after your procedure to ensure you are happy with your results.
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Freedom From Pain and discomfort
Imagine living with lighter, more proportionate breasts that allow you to be comfortable in your clothes. Relieve your neck, shoulders, and back of the aching from carrying around extra weight. Contact our office to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about breast reduction surgery.