About Breast Reduction Surgery
Oversized breasts can cause social and functional challenges for women. In addition, overly large and unbalanced breasts can create self-image issues and embarrassment, as well as pain in both the neck and back. Dr. Talal Munasifi and Dr. James Economides are plastic surgeons in Arlington, VA who help countless women rebuild their confidence and enjoy an active lifestyle through breast reduction surgery. This cosmetic surgery at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center reduces excess fat, tissue, and skin to reshape the breasts to a smaller, more balanced size. This surgery also reduces the size of the nipples and repositions them so they look natural with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift is performed to give a tighter and youthful appearance. Call our Arlington, VA office to schedule your private consult today.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"Dr. Munasifi is very caring and professional. I had to have breast reduction; he took the time to give me all the info. w/o making me feel awkward. His staff is very caring and considerate. I'm happy that I was able to have the best and my health is far better since the surgery. I was super nervous and Dr. Munasifi and his staff put me at ease."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 14, 2008
The procedure takes 3 – 4 hours. Incisions vary, but in most cases, an anchor shape is used. This involves an incision around the areola, vertically from the bottom of the areola to the bottom of the breast, and horizontally under the breast following its natural curve. In some cases, the horizontal incision under the breast can be omitted, which involves a “lollipop” shaped incision. Dr. Munasifi then removes glandular tissue, fat, and skin. The areolas and nipples are lifted to a new position, and the areolas are resized and reshaped, if necessary. The skin from both sides of the breast is then brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. The incisions are sutured, and we will wrap you in a compression bandage.
What to Expect
After surgery, patients will be observed closely in our private recovery area and then released home to heal. Small drains are placed in each breast to capture post-surgical fluids. These are removed in a few days. The bandages are removed in about 2 – 3 days after surgery, and the sutures are removed in 1 – 2 weeks. You may experience soreness, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling but these symptoms are normal. We will provide a surgical bra for you to wear for a few weeks until the swelling and bruising subside. Pain medication can be prescribed if needed, but most patients find that over-the-counter pain medication is enough to ease their discomfort. You will also need to sleep on your back for a few weeks. Heavy exercise should be avoided for six weeks but light exercise can resume in about four weeks.
The majority of our patients at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center remark they feel relieved, lighter, and more self-assured. After breast reduction surgery, you can buy the clothes you have always wanted and feel confident with your new contour. Remember, it is still important to stay at a healthy weight so the results are not negatively impacted.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a breast reduction last?
The results from breast reduction are long lasting, although sagging of breast tissue can occur due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss. It’s recommended that women complete childbearing before undergoing this procedure.
What kind of anesthesia is required for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is done using general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. You will be free to return home the same day but need to have a family member or friend drive you home. We can also provide a transportation service at a minimal fee as long as you have an adult accompany you.
When can I return to work after breast reduction?
Generally, most of our patients begin working from home within 4 – 5 days. We suggest allowing a two-week recovery period after breast reduction surgery before returning to the office for work. If you have a strenuous job, you may need additional time off.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,500 - $11,900
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Dr. Munasifi has helped countless women reclaim their health to enjoy a more active life with breast reduction surgery. During your first visit at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Munasifi will discuss all of the options to reach your desired outcome and create a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. We invite you to call our practice in Arlington, VA to learn more about this outstanding breast reduction treatment.