What is a Breast Reduction?
Oversized breasts can create social and functional setbacks for women. Furthermore, extremely large breasts can lead to insecurity issues and embarrassment, as well as neck and back pain. Our team of plastic surgeons in Scottsdale, AZ, helps countless women get back their confidence and feel more comfortable through a cosmetic breast reduction. This cosmetic surgery at Forma Plastic Surgery reduces excess fat, tissue, and skin to recontour the breasts to a more compatible size. Breast reduction surgery also reduces the size of the nipples/areolas and repositions them — so they are symmetrical with the new breast size and look natural. For more information, contact our Scottsdale, AZ office to schedule a consultation.
"In August of 2021 I was diagnosed with breast cancer which required a mastectomy to remove a very large tumor which in my case had not yet turned invasive. Although I was blessed on the cancer not spreading the size of a 11cm tumor removal would leave my chest highly disfigured especially because the nipple needed to be removed. Brenda Morthy my oncologist surgeon who in her own right is the best there is only wanted me to visit with one breast reconstruction surgeon - Dr. Walsh. Dr. Walsh was able to make something out of my left over breast no one thought possible. To this day what I find shocking is how humble she is and the fact she isn’t out there advertising her services just for money, but yet anyone you talk to in the world of cancer or complicated reconstruction cases to a one will tell you, "Dr. Walsh is the very best, there is no better". I believe someone was watching over me in all the doctors I met in my journey with the most talented being Dr. Molly Walsh."- S.R. / Yelp / Aug 09, 2022
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"These guys are amazing! This was my first experience with plastic surgery and I could not be happier. Dr. Yao did my upper eyelids (upper bilateral blepharoplasty) and it really changed the way I look. My eyelids were pretty close to touching my upper lashes prior to surgery. As you can see after surgery my eyes look "open" again. Every person in the office is so caring and professional. It feels like they really are a family. From the consult through the entire process, they really make you feel special."- J.L. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2021
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"Dr. Molly Walsh is the best plastic surgeon in AZ. She’s professional, personable and has impeccable bedside manner. She’s a very experienced and accomplished surgeon and her work speaks for itself. She’s a miracle worker, perfectionist, very thorough and one of the nicest most humble surgeons I’ve ever met. She did an impeccable and impressive job. I would rate her 10 stars ?? if it were possible. Highly recommended!! "- R.L. / Healthgrades / Jan 23, 2021
What Can I Expect from Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is an outpatient treatment and is performed with general anesthesia. The length of the surgery depends on the incision type, the general technique, the amount of tissue removal needed, and if the nipples and/or areolas are being repositioned. Based on the difficulty of the reduction, either an inverted-T or a vertical incision will be made. For most patients, we will use liposuction to remove fat and tissue as a way to decrease breast size. Once the breast tissue is removed, the surrounding tissue and skin will be pulled and lifted. After surgery, we will take you to a quiet recovery area and then release you home to heal. A small, tube-like draining device will most likely be inserted to assist with bleeding and swelling. A medical sports bra will be provided for a few days to boost blood flow to the breasts. We use modern methods which result in minimal scarring; however, it's important to know that scarring is a factor with this procedure. Within about a month, your breasts will naturally fall into position, and the post-op effects will dissipate. It's important to stay at a healthy weight — so the outcomes are not compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed during your consultation. Once we have developed your personal treatment plan, we can calculate your costs. Breast reduction surgery often causes a significant improvement in a patient's life, so it is very important to focus on finding a skilled and artful plastic surgeon, like the ones we employ at Forma Plastic Surgery, rather than the cheapest option. Our team will happily help you find low-interest financing to help make your treatment affordable so you can get the best outcomes possible. We will also help you talk to your health insurance company to see if your policy covers some of your costs.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
In some cases, your health insurance might pay part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, tell Dr. Yao so he can help you with your claim. You should also talk to your provider to find out if your specific policy might pay for the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance might need measurements like weight, height, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a higher position on the breast during the surgery — so they appear symmetrical with your new breast shape and size. If a significant amount of tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be moved. We will choose a technique like an anchor incision — so the nipple and areola can move higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. Your options will be discussed in your consultation, and we will help you decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed. Although some women may still be able to breastfeed after a surgical reduction, some cannot. It's difficult to know whether your surgery will interfere with breastfeeding. For this reason, we suggest that patients be no longer breastfeeding before having breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery that's easy for you to maintain. During your consultation, we will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you should do after to ensure you are happy with your results.
A Reduced and Radiant Appearance
Our team at Forma Plastic Surgery has helped so many women reclaim their health for a fuller life with surgical breast reduction. During your first visit to our Scottsdale, AZ office, we will go over all of the options to help you reach your aesthetic desires and develop a customized treatment plan to fit your needs. There is no reason to continue living with the discomfort or lack of confidence that can sometimes accompany large breasts. We welcome you to call our office in Scottsdale, AZ, to understand more about this outstanding breast reduction surgery.