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Indianapolis Breast Reduction FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. A central feature of breast reduction surgery is lifting the breast tissue upward. This maintains the ideal aesthetics of your breasts. Over time, the nipple will maintain its higher position.

Yes. Nicotine use of any type will cause the tiny, fragile blood vessels in the skin to constrict, cutting off valuable nutrition in the skin, possibly resulting in death of skin or nipple. Nicotine use of any kind must be stopped at least 8 weeks prior to breast reduction surgery.

Although not all women can breast feed, regardless of having surgery, the majority of women are still able to breast feed after having breast reduction surgery. If, however, the technique referred to as “free nipple grafting” is required (uncommon), there will be a loss in the ability to breast feed. This will be discussed at a consultation with your doctor.

If you plan to get pregnant and breastfeed within a year or two, it is important to consider delaying the procedure until after you finish the breastfeeding process.

There will be changes in the appearance of your breast on a mammogram following surgery. Typically these changes do not interfere with the ability to detect cancer.

It is important to share and discuss with your surgeon what your size targets are. Although we cannot guarantee a specific bra size result, any requests and desires you can share with us before breast reduction will be very helpful.

Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts may continue to change size as triggered by weight changes or by female hormone levels.

Some patients lose nipple sensation. Thankfully, most will preserve it. This will also be discussed at a consultation with your doctor. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the ideal treatment plan to achieve your goals while minimizing the chance of this issue.

No. On the contrary. There is evidence to suggest that one’s risk of breast cancer development may actually be reduced by undergoing breast reduction surgery. Our procedures are designed to prioritize the safety and health of our patients while achieving their goals.

Although people vary in their general health, healing abilities and pain thresholds, the majority describe pain requiring medication for 1-2 weeks. Swelling for 6-8 weeks is common, but it is very possible for you to return to normal activities and work within 1 week following breast reduction surgery.

It is important to follow your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions as closely as possible throughout the recovery process. Do not rush into doing strenuous physical activities until you are cleared to safely resume them. All medications must be taken according to the prescriptions.

A follow-up appointment with your surgeon will be scheduled to ensure that your healing process is going as planned. During this appointment, the incisions will be examined and sutures will be removed.

The cost of breast reduction surgery will depend on the details of the treatment plan. The overall price may be affected by the techniques used during the procedure, along with the amount of work necessary to achieve the patient’s goals. Anesthesia fees may also affect the overall cost of the surgery.

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