Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Large, pendulous breasts may cause a woman to experience various medical problems caused by the excessive weight of the breast tissue. Problems with posture, skeletal deformities, back and neck pain, skin irritations and breathing difficulties are common with this condition. Bra straps often leave indentations in the shoulder area. Many women are very self-conscious of their large breasts. Clothing options are limited and exercise is difficult and/or painful.
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) removes fat, glandular breast tissue, and excessive skin, resulting in smaller, lighter, uplifted, and firmer breasts that have a better shape and in proportion to rest of the body. There are many different techniques for reducing the size of the breast. The technique used will depend on the pre-existing size of your breast. All techniques involve decreasing volume, reshaping, and uplifting the breast. Every effort will be made to minimize scars. Dr. Sternschein will discuss with you the pros and cons of the different methods for reduction of your breast size. He will recommend the best technique for you.
Women who have breast reduction surgery often refer to it as a "liberating experience". Activity and exercise will be easier. Your entire body shape will improve and you will have better proportion and balance. Clothes will fit better and you will have many more options regarding styles. You will look great and feel great.
Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease is quite possible with today's surgical procedures. There are now federal and state laws that require all insurance companies to cover this procedure. Using the newest medical techniques, a plastic surgeon is often able to create a breast that is similar in form and appearance to that of the natural breast.
Reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy or delayed until months or years after the mastectomy. The timing should be discussed with your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon. The reconstruction of the breast can be accomplished using implants or your own tissue ("flaps"). There are pros and cons to each of these techniques. A consultation is essential to discuss what is best for you, taking into consideration your anatomy, medical condition, and your personal desires.
To make an appointment with Dr. Sternschein, please call 201-444-1188 or contact us here.