About Breast Reduction Surgery
Oversized breasts can create social and functional setbacks for women. Furthermore, overly large and unbalanced breasts can lead to self-image issues and overall embarrassment, as well as joint pain. Dr. Derek Lou is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, TX who helps countless women rebuild their confidence and enjoy an active lifestyle through breast reduction surgery. This cosmetic surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery removes excess fat, tissue, and skin to reshape the breasts to a smaller and healthier size. This surgery also reduces the size of the nipples and moves them so they look natural with the new size. In most situations, a breast lift can be implemented to give a more taut and youthful appearance.
Breast Reduction Surgery Ideal Candidates
If you have heavy and overly large breasts that get in the way of everyday life, breast reduction surgery may be what you need to attain the body you desire. Breast reduction is an effective procedure for women who have frustration and worry or cannot live a fulfilled and active life because of the size of their breasts. If you also suffer from consistent skin issues (as well as neck pain), breast reduction surgery can reduce these medical conditions. It's crucial that patients are at a healthy weight, and choose an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Lou, who listens to their aesthetic goals and has the knowledge to create a natural appearance.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou is Awwesome. He listens very well to what you want and make it happen."- K.R. / Google / Jan 10, 2020
"Dr. Lou and his staff are very nice and listen to you."- J.S. / Google / Dec 02, 2019
"Dr. Lou did an outstanding job! - My breasts look amazing and beautiful. Dr. Lou did an outstanding job! And I'm definitely going back for my tummy tuck. He is extremely professional and has a great bedside manner. His work is outstanding and has a great outgoing attitude. He felt very comfortable and loved the after work highly recommend."- G. / RealSelf / Nov 01, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient treatment and is conducted with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery depends on many factors, including what incision method is used, the general technique, and finally, the degree of reduction. The areola and nipple area repositioning will also be a factor. In most cases, liposuction is incorporated for fat removal to reduce the breast size. During the consultation, all of these aspects are addressed with Dr. Lou. The potential for scarring is also thoroughly examined and discussed as it is likely to occur. However, advanced techniques have led to a decrease in the visibility of scarring. Based on the complexity of the size and overall reduction, either an inverted-T or a straight line (vertical) incision will be used. Breast fat and tissue will then be removed, and the remaining skin and tissue will be tightened.
Breast Reduction Surgery What to Expect
Once surgery has been completed, patients will be monitored closely in our private recovery area and then released home to begin the healing process. A draining tube is usually inserted near the incision area to help control swelling and bleeding. A compression bra will be provided for a few days that will improve blood circulation to the breasts during the immediate recovery. In a month or so, the breasts will settle and the post-surgery effects will dissipate. The majority of our patients at Lou Plastic Surgery say they feel more weightless, lighter, and more self-assured. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you have always wanted and feel confident with your new appearance. Keep in mind, it is important to maintain a healthy body weight so the outcomes are not negatively impacted.
Breast Reduction Surgery FAQ's
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Your cost for breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. Lou during your consultation. When he has created your personal treatment plan, it is easier to calculate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, and more. Reduction surgery usually leads to a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, which is why our staff will help you find low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment easier to afford. We will also help you talk to your health insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your expenses.
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 a staff member so we can help you with your insurance claim. You should also contact your provider to find out if your specific policy might pay for the surgery and the information they need. Your insurance might need measurements, like your weight, height, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI).
Will my nipples be moved?
Usually, the nipples and areola will be moved up to a central position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of breast tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola may be cut out and moved. Dr. Lou will select 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 during your consultation before Dr. Lou helps you choose the best treatment plan to meet your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, other women cannot. It's difficult to know whether your breast reduction will interfere with breastfeeding. This is why Dr. Lou suggests that patients be done with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.
Can my breasts regrow after surgery?
Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts may become smaller or larger with dramatic weight changes. This is why it is better to be at a healthy weight prior to your surgery that you can easily maintain. During your consultation, Dr. Lou will discuss the best ways to prepare for your reduction and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Lou has helped so many women regain their body, mind, and spirit for a more active life with breast reduction surgery. During the consultation at Lou Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lou will discuss all of the steps to attain your aesthetic desires and create a customized surgical plan to fit your goals. There's no reason to continue simply accepting the lack of confidence or discomfort that can accompany large breasts. We invite you to call our office in Houston, TX to learn more about this outstanding breast reduction treatment.