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.
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 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
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.