Breast Reduction in Denver, CO

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What is a Breast Reduction?

Women pursue breast reduction for a variety of reasons, namely neck, back, and shoulder discomfort, recurrent rashes, and overall discomfort due to their breast size. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, DrEric Barker strives to provide each patient pursuing breast reduction with an individualized surgical plan to obtain optimal results. Excessively large breasts can cause social, functional, and physical concerns for women. In addition, extremely large breasts can lead to self-image issues and overall embarrassment, as well as pain in both the neck and back. Dr. Barker is a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon in Denver, CO, who continues to help countless women regain their confidence and feel more comfortable through surgical reduction of the breasts. This plastic surgery at Peak Plastic Surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin to redefine and reshape the breasts to a smaller size. Breast reduction surgery also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and moves them — so they appear normal with the new breast size. In most cases, a breast lift is implemented to provide a tighter and healthier appearance.

Breast reduction addresses decreasing the breast size while aiming to alleviate multiple areas of discomfort due to large breast size. Each patient will meet with Dr. Barker to discuss their personal goals for surgery in order to achieve their desired outcome. Multiple breast reduction techniques will be discussed with the patient. Learn more by contacting our Denver, CO facility to schedule your initial consultation. 

How is breast reduction performed?

Reducing the size of the breast while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing breast size and shape. Each patient will have a predetermined surgical and recovery plan, to ensure this process is as comfortable as possible. General anesthesia is delivered by a highly trained anesthesia provider, and the procedure typically takes around 3 hours to complete. The exact timing of surgery depends on many factors, including the complexity of the incision, the overall surgical technique, and finally, how much reduction is required. The nipple and areola repositioning will also be a factor. Typically, liposuction is needed for fat and tissue elimination to reduce the breast size. At the time of the initial consult, all of these factors are addressed with Dr. Barker. The potential for scarring is also thoroughly discussed as it is likely to occur. However, modern methods have led to a significant decrease in the visibility of scarring. Based on the difficulty of the reduction, either an anchor or a straight line (vertical) incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed, and the existing tissue and skin will be pulled and lifted.

What can I expect during breast reduction Recovery?

Following your breast reduction procedure, the incision will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a small sterile surgical dressing. The dressing will remain in place until the first post operative visit (within one week of surgery). Typically, patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 – 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily, and most patients are able to return to work within 3 – 5 days after surgery. During the operation, Dr. Barker will possibly inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. Following surgery, patients often will only need to take over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to assist with pain control if an injection is used. The patient will be permitted to shower within 24 hours after surgery, and they will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first six weeks of recovery.

Patients will need to continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4 – 6 weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2 – 3 months. Swelling is also to be expected during the first 2 – 3 months after surgery and typically resolves in six months. You will need to attend follow-up appointments so that Dr. Barker can evaluate your healing progress and provide necessary aftercare instructions.

What is the Surgical Timeline of a breast reduction?

  • Surgery
  • Day 3 – 5: Discomfort improving, able to return to work.
  • Day 7: First post operative visit, dressing removal, weaned off pain medications.
  • Week 2: Second post operative visit.
  • Week 3: Begin scar therapy if indicated.
  • Week 4: Third post operative visit, begin slow increase of physical activity.
  • Week 6: Return to normal bra usage.

Breast Reduction FAQ

How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery can be discussed with Dr. Barker during your consultation. Once he has developed your treatment plan, it is easier to estimate your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more. Breast reduction surgery often causes a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, so our team will help you find low-interest medical financing to make your treatment easy to afford. We will also help you work with your insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your costs.

Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
Your health insurance may pay part of the cost of your surgery if it's deemed medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. Barker so he can help you with your insurance claim. You should also contact your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and the information they need to approve it. Your insurance might need measurements like your weight, height, body surface area, and body mass index (BMI).

Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a central position during the surgery. If a large amount of breast tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola are may need to be moved. Dr. Barker will choose an incision technique — so the nipple and areola are easy to move higher. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. Your options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Barker helps you decide on the best treatment plan to achieve your goals.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. Although some women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will interfere with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Barker recommends that patients be finished with breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery.

Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts can get smaller or bigger with significant weight changes. This is why it is helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery that's easy for you to maintain. In your consultation, Dr. Barker will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you can do after to help make sure your results last.

Learn More About Breast Reduction

Dr. Barker has helped many women regain a healthy and active life with surgical reduction of the breasts. At your consultation at Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver, CO, Dr. Barker will discuss all of your available treatment options and develop a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. If you experience discomfort or self-confidence issues because of large breasts, we invite you to call our practice to learn more about breast reduction surgery.

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