About Breast Reduction Surgery
Exceptionally large breasts can create social, functional, and physical problems for women. Not only can they attribute to feeling self-conscious, but they can also lead to severe back pain. In Dallas, TX, Dr. Phillip Dauwe is a board-certified plastic surgeon who works with countless women to allow them to feel more confident and improve their quality of life with a surgical breast reduction procedure. Also known as a reduction mammoplasty, this aesthetic surgery at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery helps to remove excess breast fat and skin, as well as unhealthy tissue to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller size. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the size of the nipples/areolas and moves them into the proper position so that they are symmetrical and proportional to your new size. In most situations, a breast lift may be performed along with a reduction to create a tighter and younger-looking appearance. If you are interested in learning more about a breast reduction procedure, we invite you to contact our Dallas, TX facility to schedule your initial consultation with experienced surgeon Dr. Dauwe.
Is A Breast Reduction Right For Me?
When you have large breasts that create obstacles in your everyday life, cosmetic breast reduction may be a good treatment option for you. A reduction procedure is helpful for women who feel self-conscious or find it difficult to live an active life because of the weight and size of their breasts. If you also deal with consistent skin irritations (as well as back or neck pain) due to the size of your breasts, breast reduction surgery can help reduce these issues as well. It's crucial that patients are at a healthy weight and choose a well-trained surgeon, like Dr. Dauwe, who listens to their desired outcome and has the aptitude to create a pleasing and natural appearance. During a thorough consultation at our Dallas, TX facility, Dr. Dauwe will be able to better determine if a breast reduction or other procedure is right for you.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr. Dauwe did a fantastic job on my breast augmentation. I was impressed by his ability to give me exactly what I requested. Even more impressive was his caring, respectful attitude and availability to answer all my questions before and after surgery. His staff also deserve a five star rating for customer service. I am confident any other woman would have the same type of experience with his skill and supportive office staff."- M.M. / Google / Dec 20, 2017
"For years, I have been considering getting a breast augmentation. As exciting as it was to dream about, the nervousness of having the operation kept me from following through with it. When I met with Dr. Dauwe, his kind, professional approach gave me the assurance that I was making the right decision. From beginning to end, from bedside manner to surgical talent, working with Dr. Dauwe has been an excellent experience. I am incredibly pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend him to everyone."- J.G. / Facebook / Jan 13, 2018
"For years, I have been considering getting a breast augmentation. As exciting as it was to dream about, the nervousness of having the operation kept me from following through with it. When I met with Dr. Dauwe, his kind, professional approach gave me the assurance that I was making the right decision. From beginning to end, from bedside manner to surgical talent, working with Dr. Dauwe has been an excellent experience. I am incredibly pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend him to everyone."- J.G. / Google / Dec 20, 2017
"I must say I have had some traumatic treatments from my fair share of physicians. However, Dr Dauwe was amazing from consultation to recovery. Dr. Dauwe performed a breast reduction on me February 2018 and the experience was more than I could ask for from him and his team. I feel amazing and I am extremely pleased with my results!"- E.T. / Google / Feb 20, 2018
"Since I was 14 I knew I wanted a breast augmentation. My breasts were never full, I always felt boyish and like I didn’t look like all of the other girls with such a flat chest. After searching and searching for a credible doctor I found Dr. Dauwe and his staff, and they blew everyone else out of the water! His assistant Julie scheduled me quickly, and she kept in touch with me, making sure I was ready for surgery. She was so kind and she gave me a thorough run down of how the whole process works. I love how excited this office is for each patient. They call you by name and the entire experience is so personable. Dr. Dauwe is the most knowledgeable surgeon I have ever met. Not only does he make sure you are completely comfortable and answers every question you have, he also used wonderful analogies to explain things in a way that I could truly grasp them. His bedside manner was amazing. He genuinely cares about the well being of his patients and it shows. He is thorough with his work, and you can tell he’s super passionate about it. My surgery was a breeze. I am an extremely anxious person and the anesthesiologist made sure that I felt comfortable and calm before I went under. Before I knew it, my A’s were D’s and I was on my way home!! I napped, woke up, and went to dinner. The. Same. Day. I had the best experience ever with Dr Dauwe and his staff, I highly recommend him and will definitely be seeing him again in the future."- C.D. / Google / Jul 20, 2018
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient procedure and is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 2 – 2.5 hours but could take longer for larger reductions. For most patients, liposuction is needed along the side of the breast to ensure an optimal aesthetic result. During the private consultation, all of these aspects, as well as the necessary incisions, are addressed with Dr. Dauwe. He utilizes advanced techniques to help place incisions in a discreet area that can easily be hidden after surgery. Surgical skill and advanced scar management techniques have led to a significant reduction in the visibility of scarring. Based on the intricacy of the surgery and overall reduction, either an inverted-T or a straight line (vertical) incision will be incorporated. Breast fat and tissue will then be removed, and the existing skin and tissue will be pulled tight and repositioned.
What to Expect After Breast Reduction
Once surgery has been completed, you will be monitored closely in our comfortable recovery facility before being discharged to return home to begin the healing process. Some patients may stay overnight in our surgical aftercare suite if preferred. The appropriate aftercare instructions will be provided by Dr. Dauwe following surgery, and a compression bra should be worn for a few days to keep surgical dressings in place during the immediate recovery. In a month or so, the swelling will reduce and the bruising will fade away. Our patients at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery report that clothes fit better, and patients feel lighter and a lot more confident about their body. Keep in mind that it is still important to maintain a healthy body weight in order to preserve optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reduction
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Your cost for breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. Dauwe in your consultation. When he has created your treatment plan, it is easier to calculate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, and more. Your insurance carrier will likely help with payment if your surgery is deemed medically necessary. Our staff will help you navigate this process and find low-interest financing if you do not meet insurance criteria.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance might pay part of the cost of your surgery if it's considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. Dauwe so he can help with your claim. You should contact your provider to find out if your policy includes breast reduction. Your insurance might need measurements, like your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). We also suggest that you find out what your deductible is so you know how much you will need to pay as part of the claim.
Will my nipples be moved?
Your nipple and areola will be moved up to a central position on the breast as part of the surgery. Dr. Dauwe will perform the appropriate technique to reposition the nipple and areola while removing the appropriate amount of breast tissue. It is also possible to perform an areola reduction to reduce the size of the areolas and correct any asymmetry. Your options will be thoroughly discussed in your consultation with Dr. Dauwe so you may choose the best plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical breast reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Dauwe suggests that patients be done with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
Following reduction surgery, your breasts may get smaller or bigger with weight changes. This is why it is best to achieve a healthy and stable weight prior to your surgery. In your consultation, Dr. Dauwe will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
- Procedure Recovery Location
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Dauwe has helped so many women experience restored confidence and improved quality of life with surgical reduction of the breasts. During your consultation at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dauwe will go over all of the steps to attain your aesthetic desires and tailor a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. To learn more, contact our office in Dallas, TX to schedule your initial consultation for a breast reduction with Dr. Dauwe.
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