Large breasts can cause symptoms such as
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder grooves caused by the bra strap
- Difficulty finding clothing that fit
Breast reduction surgery can help to alleviate many of these symptoms while at the same time providing a significant cosmetic benefit for Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah Patients.
The goal of breast reduction is to reduce the weight of the breasts. The reduced breast weight is achieved by the removal of breast tissue and excess skin as necessary to create lighter breasts with an improved breast shape. Often insurance will cover breast reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction Surgery FAQs
Where are the scars placed for a breast reduction?
Several techniques are used including “classic” techniques, “short scar” techniques and liposuction. The major difference between the classic and short scar techniques is the length and orientation of the scars on the breast. The major advantage of the classic techniques is versatility and consistency of results at the expense of slightly longer scars. A recent survey of Plastic Surgeons across the United States revealed that the majority preferred the “classic” techniques for most patients. Dr. Yates in Layton, Utah has vast experience and training in all of these breast reduction techniques. He prefers short breast scars whenever possible without compromising on shape or safety. Dr. Yates will discuss which scar pattern would be best for you at the time of your consultation.
Anchor scar pattern “classic” technique
Vertical or “short scar” technique
My breasts are asymmetric, can this be improved?
How is breast reduction performed?
It depends on which technique is used, which is individualized to the patient. Liposuction breast reduction alone can be used if the nipple position has minimal droop, there is minimal skin excess, and the breast tissue is not too dense. Liposuction breast reduction is what is referred to as “scarless breast reduction“. Few patients are ideal candidates. A small cannula is placed through tiny incisions, and the fatty components of the breast tissue is removed through liposuction.
For most Salt Lake City, Utah patients a degree of skin removal is required to tighten and reshape the breast. The nipple remains attached to a portion of breast tissue which is moved to a higher position on the breast. Much of the breast tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is reshaped. It is important that the blood supply to the nipple be maintained during the operation. For this reason, Dr. Yates does not perform this procedure on smokers, in whom blood supply is diminished. Smokers must be completely nicotine and cigarette free for six weeks before the operation. The tissue removed from each breast is weighed and sent to the pathologist for examination. The incisions are closed and a dressing is applied.
Where is breast reduction performed?
Breast reduction is performed in either an inpatient operating room, outpatient operating room or even in Dr. Yates AAAASF certified clinic operating room. Breast reduction use to require a 1-3 night stay in the hospital and often a blood transfusion. This is no longer the case and is routinely done outpatient. Improved technique including very little blood loss and improved nausea treatment have allowed this.
How much does a breast reduction cost?
The fees associated with breast reduction include 1) surgeon’s fees, 2) anesthesia fees, and 3) facility fees. As Dr. Yates has an in-office operating suite in Utah, the facility fee is minimal. This is a cost saving directly to the patient. For a list of the costs of common procedures performed by Dr. Yates click here.
What should I expect from the recovery from breast reduction?
After discharge, you will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and medications for pain and nausea. There will be discomfort for the first few days after the procedure. Generally, drains are not placed. Your activity will be limited for six weeks. You may return to desk work as soon as you feel able, usually 2-5 days. You may resume moderate lifting at three weeks and may return to the gym at six weeks. You will be given a supportive bra which will be used for six weeks.
On our Facebook business page, other patients have discussed their recovery and experience after breast reduction as well as other procedures.
Is it possible to breastfeed after breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery removes a significant amount of the breast tissue involved in lactation which can impair breastfeeding. The techniques Dr. Yates generally use maintains a significant amount of glandular tissue and many, but not all, Utah patients are successful at breastfeeding.
What risks are associated with a breast reduction?
As with any surgery, there are possible risks and complications. As a perfectionist, Dr. Yates takes every precaution to prevent these.
Breast Reduction Surgery Video
Breast Reduction Testimonial
Dr. Yates has made my life so much easier. He did such a great job on my breast reduction & his staff is so efficient & caring. After I get all of my weight off, I will be back for the rest of an “uplifting” experience.
How do I schedule a consultation or schedule surgery?
Contact Dr. Yates office or feel free to email him any additional questions you may have.
Before & After
Before and one year after breast reduction. The technique was a superiomedial pedicle, anchor scar pattern breast reduction. The weight removed was 392 grams on the right and 472 grams on the left. View More.