Neck, shoulder and back pain. Chafing under bra straps or along the underside of the breast itself. Self-consciousness. Discomfort while exercising. You don’t need to live with the physical and emotional challenges large breasts can cause. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to create smaller, more proportionate breasts.
When looking for a breast reduction surgery in Denver, you want the best breast surgeon to help you meet your goals. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Francesco Campanile specializes in breast reduction surgery and can help you feel more comfortable and enjoy a wider range of activities. A breast reduction can help relieve shoulder pain, improve posture, and eliminate the skin irritations that can occur around bra strap indentations or below the breast folds.
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After reducing their breast size, many women discover that it’s much easier to jog and enjoy other athletic activities. The procedure can also help you achieve a more proportionate, balanced figure, and give you more options when shopping for tops, swimsuits and dresses.
Many women seeking a breast reduction know they’d like smaller breasts but don’t know how small to go or what they’ll look like afterwards. Dr. Campanile understands these concerns and takes the time to discuss your options with you. His post-surgical breast size recommendations are made based on a detailed physical examination as well as an understanding of your preferences, goals and lifestyle.
A breast reduction removes breast tissue, skin and excess fat to reshape the breasts for better balance and increased comfort. In addition to reducing breast size, the procedure also lifts the breasts. This helps to improve the breast position and contour, similar to what’s achieved during a breast lift. Dr. Campanile is careful to minimize the number of incisions whenever possible for a flattering, aesthetic final result.
To begin breast reduction surgery, Dr. Campanile makes a lollipop or anchor-shaped incision on the lower part of the breast and around the areola. Through this incision, he removes excess tissue. Because the breast volume is decreased, excess skin also needs to be removed. In many cases, the nipple and areola are repositioned higher on the breast.
Most women take a week to 10 days after surgery before they are ready for normal activities, with exercise and more strenuous activities added in after about 3 to 4 weeks. Some scarring will remain after the procedure but should fade over time with proper post-surgical care.
Because every woman has both a unique figure and unique cosmetic goals, Dr. Campanile customizes the breast reduction procedures he performs. Some women may need only a minor reduction of fatty tissue, in which case Dr. Campanile may recommend a “scarless” breast reduction, which is performed using liposuction.
Request a consultation online to learn more about breast reduction. And if you haven’t already, be sure to view our breast reduction before and after photos to see the results Dr. Campanile has achieved for his patients. We’re here for you every step of the way and look forward to meeting with you.
Properly preparing for your procedure is a key step in achieving a stress-free breast reduction from our Denver office. Patients should be proactive regarding their own health and informed about their surgical options. This relates not only to the surgery, but also to your recovery. This breast reduction guide will give you tips on the best questions to ask during your initial consultation, ideas for what to look for in a surgeon, and help you prepare yourself for your surgery and the healing process.
At Your Consultation:
Finding a top-notch surgeon for your breast reduction is an important first step to ensuring ideal results. One of the best ways to narrow down your choices is by having a list of questions prepared to ask likely candidates. These may be asked during your initial consultation:
- What is your educational background, and what are your credentials?
- What types of certifications do you hold?
- How long has your practice been active?
- What is your complication rate for breast reductions?
- What is the average number of breast reductions your practice performs in a year?
- May I see before and after breast reduction photos of women with similar body types to mine?
Additionally, feeling comfortable with your plastic surgeon on a personal level will go a long way toward helping you feel positive about your surgery, so listen to your instincts as well as checking professional qualifications.
Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery:
Getting ready for your breast reduction will begin far before you see the operating room at all. Before your appointment, there are several things you can do to prepare for both your surgery and your recovery.
- Arrange transportation both to and from your surgery, and make sure you’ll have someone with you around the clock for the first 24 hours.
- Rearrange any important meetings or deadlines that fall during your recovery, so you can just focus on taking care of you.
- Prepare a few meals ahead of time and freeze them to make eating well as hassle-free as possible.
- Line up support from friends or family to help around the house in case you don’t feel up to it.
- Let Dr. Campanile know if you’re taking supplements, vitamins or prescription medications.
- Smoking slows the healing process and may bring needless complications to the surgery. Smokers should quit at least two weeks prior to their appointment, and not start up again until at least two weeks after the surgery.
- Wash with an antimicrobial soap before surgery to minimize infection risks, and avoid application of body lotions or makeup the day of your appointment.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that’s easy to get on and off. For a breast reduction, a button-up shirt will be easier to manage than something that pulls on over your head.
The first few days after your surgery are the most challenging. Most patients feel tired and sore initially, and may feel discouraged because of pain or low energy levels. During this time, it’s important to remember that this uncomfortable stage will pass quickly if you give your body lots of rest and time for recovery.
- A special support bra may be needed to promote initial healing.
- Rest for the first several days, and then ease back into a low-activity routine.
- Listen to your body, and don’t overdo it.
- Avoid activities that could put strain on your incisions.
- Follow any additional instructions Dr. Campanile may suggest to aid in recovery.
If you have any questions about preparing for your procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.