Breast Reduction Specialist in Philadelphia and South Jersey
Women with large, pendulous breasts may experience back and neck pain, dents in their shoulders from their bra straps, skin rashes, poor posture, and difficulty fitting into clothing. Exercise may also be difficult. Overly large breasts can make women and especially teenage girls feel extremely self-conscious.
Breast reduction is a procedure that reduces, lifts, and reshapes the breasts to a smaller and more proportionate size. Dr. Lo is skilled in several breast reduction techniques, including the 'no vertical scar' method, which has fewer incisions and less scarring than the traditional technique.
Visit our Philadelphia or South Jersey office and ask Dr. Lo about your options for breast reduction surgery.
What Can Breast Reduction Do?
- Create smaller, more proportionate breasts
- Enhance breast shape
- Lift the breasts to a better position
- Improve movement and posture
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you:
- Have overly large breasts that are disproportionate to your height and weight
- Suffer back and neck strain or pain from the weight of your breasts
- Have shoulder grooving or dents from your bra straps
- Experience skin rashes underneath your breasts
- Find it difficult or impossible to exercise because of your large breasts
- Want your breasts to fit better in your clothes
- Want to feel better about your appearance and be more confident
- Are in good health
- Are a non-smoker or planning to stop smoking for your surgery
- Are at a stable, healthy weight
- Have realistic expectations of what breast reduction can do for you
What Does Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?
Your Breast Reduction Consultation
A consultation with Dr. Lo is required before your breast reduction surgery. During this consultation, Dr. Lo will discuss your goals for the procedure, evaluate your medical history and your breast situation, and give you recommendations.
How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Done?
Dr. Lo’s Breast Reduction Technique
Dr. Lo uses the anchor, or inverted-T, technique for breast reduction. This procedure allows for maximum removal of breast tissue for reshaping the breasts to a smaller size.
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Where Are the “Cuts” (Incisions) Made for Breast Reduction?
The “cuts” and resulting scars will encircle the areola, extend vertically down to the breast crease, and run horizontally along the breast crease.
What Is Dr. Lo’s ‘No Vertical Scar’ Breast Reduction Technique?
In certain patients, breast reduction can be done without the vertical scar from the areolas down the lower breast. This technique results in one less scar on each breast, leaving only scars that are inconspicuously hidden along the areola and breast crease.
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What Is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you will feel relatively normal after the procedure and return home the same day. We recommend that someone be with you for the first night to assist with your recovery.
Your incisions will be covered with Steri-Strips™ (thin medical tape) and a gauze dressing that you can remove after 24 hours, at which time you can also shower. You will need to consistently wear a surgical bra and a compression wrap (ACE™ bandage) for the first few weeks. You will then transition to a bra that we provide or recommend.
Dr. Lo may use drains for his breast reduction procedures, and they will be removed in three to five days.
You should rest and take it easy during the initial days of your recovery. You do not want to overexert yourself, but you will want to do light activity like going for short walks to ensure proper blood circulation.
Most patients return to work after a week if their job does not require heavy lifting. Avoid any exercising for two to three weeks and strenuous activity for at least three or four weeks post-surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction Surgery
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Breast reduction surgery is a highly specialized surgical procedure, and the overall cost of your operation will vary depending on your specific needs and the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed.
The average cost of breast reduction surgery is $10,000. This includes Dr. Lo’s surgical fee as well as the hospital and anesthesia fees, but you will be responsible for the cost of prescription medications and dressings/bandages.
Various forms of payment and financing options are available.
What breast size will I be after my breast reduction surgery?
Dr. Lo will discuss your preferred breast cup size with you, whether that’s an A, B, C, or D cup.
The best cup size for you will depend on:
- Your height, weight, and build
- Your wishes for cup size
- What is possible during the surgery
How long is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery takes about two hours to complete, but it may take longer if you have extremely large breasts.
Where is breast reduction surgery performed?
Dr. Lo performs all his breast reduction surgeries in the safety and sterility of Pennsylvania Hospital Surgicenter or Pennsylvania Hospital.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
Breast reduction surgery is performed with general anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the surgery.
After surgery, your pain should be minimal to moderate. Most patients just take TYLENOL® or acetaminophen for the pain. You will be given a prescription for stronger pain relief medications if you need it.
Do breast reduction scars go away?
We cannot predict how your breast reduction scars will heal, and their visibility generally depends on your body’s healing abilities. Usually, the scars heal like a fine line and fade with time, but they will always be detectable.
Most patients understand that breast reduction surgery cannot be done without some scars, and they accept the scars as a trade-off for the many benefits of breast reduction surgery. With bras and clothing worn the vast majority of the time, patients are satisfied that their scars will be hidden on most occasions.
To reduce the appearance of your breast reduction scars, Dr. Lo will:
- Suture/sew up your incisions very carefully using dissolvable stitches
- Recommend scar creams and products for you to use afterward
- Recommend scar revision or touch up of the scars, if needed
How long will it take for my breast reduction scars to heal and fade?
It normally can take one to two years for your breast reduction scars to fade and heal completely. During your recovery, you will have regular visits to see Dr. Lo to make sure that you are healing normally.
What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
Complications after breast reduction surgery are not common. Risks include bleeding, infection, temporary or permanent loss of feeling to your nipple, and breast skin and healing problems.
How do I choose a good plastic surgeon for my breast reduction?
Selecting your plastic surgeon is one of the most important decisions you can make during your plastic surgery journey. Plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This certification ensures that the surgeon has met rigorous academic, professional, and ethical standards. Before choosing a surgeon for your breast reduction surgery, you are encouraged to do your research and ask questions to ensure that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and their experience. Ask to see a surgeon’s before and after images to make sure that you are happy with the results that you see.
Dr. Adrian Lo is a top board-certified plastic surgeon in Philadelphia with extensive experience in breast reduction surgery. He is a member of The Aesthetic Society (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Want More Information About Breast Reduction?
If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, contact Dr. Lo by calling (215) 829-6900 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Lo offers breast reduction surgery for patients in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, including Philadelphia, Marlton, and Cherry Hill.