Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction in Washington D.C.

Our board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder, offers breast reduction surgery at Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Vienna, VA, to reduce overly large breasts. Women who have excessively large breasts often suffer physically and emotionally. The extra weight of the chest can cause shoulder indents from their bra strap, skin chaffing, and severe back pain. It can also cause emotional insecurity and unwanted attention when performing physical activities. Dr. Widder’s goal is to perform a treatment that meets your exact needs, eases your discomfort, and produces a natural-looking form. Results will restore your chest to a more proportionate size, while also complimenting your existing curves.

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What to Expect During Breast Reduction

During a reduction mammaplasty, the surgeon will skillfully remove excess skin and tissue before re-contouring the breasts. The surgeon can choose to implement these incision patterns:

  • Incision around the circumference of the areola
  • Vertical incision from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast line
  • Horizontal incision on the breast line

Liposuction may also be used to safely remove excessive tissue in the breast and will minimize scarring as it requires a much smaller incision. It also reduces the risk of losing nipple sensation and discoloration of the areola due to poor blood flow during surgery. The surgeon will discuss the difference between the techniques and help you determine which is best for your needs and goals.

Breast Reduction Recovery

After breast reduction surgery, you may feel immediately lighter, due to the amount of tissue removed. After the surgery, you should wear a compression bra to support the healing process for the first couple of weeks. You will also be given post-operative care instructions and you can pre-schedule your follow up appointments to help you stay on track during your recovery process. You will need to rest for at least 7-10 days before returning to work. Regular physical activities can be resumed within 6-8 weeks. In some patients, it may take a year for nipple sensitivity to return to normal.

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Imagine living with lighter, more proportionate breasts that allow you to be comfortable in your clothes. Relieve your neck, shoulders and back of the aching from carrying around extra weight. Contact our office to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about breast reduction surgery.

Schedule Your Northern Virginia Breast Reduction Consultation with Dr. Widder

Call Widder Plastic Surgery in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland areas at (703) 506-0300 today to begin scheduling your breast reduction consultation. You can also reach out with comments or to ask Dr. Shlomo Widder questions by sending a message through our website. 

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FAQs for Breast Reduction | Dr. Widder

The cost of your breast reduction surgery in Washington DC depends upon a variety of factors. In addition to your surgery fee, this also factors in other charges such as anesthesia and surgical facility. This makes it difficult to estimate an accurate quote on a general basis.

To ensure that the process remains transparent for you, Dr. Widder and our team provide you with a personalized quote after your initial consultation. This includes all the medical costs associated with your breast reduction in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

You do not need to have a certain size of breasts to qualify for a breast reduction. If your breasts are too large or heavy for your frame, you can consider breast reduction surgery to alleviate any physical and mental discomfort that stems from them.

Typically, ideal candidates for a breast reduction surgery should be in overall good health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations from the surgery. If you identify with these characteristics and feel dissatisfied with the large size of your breasts, you can explore your options for breast reduction with a qualified surgeon.

If you have large breasts with a large chest and remove 500 grams from each side, you may have a two cup size reduction in your bra size. However, this estimate varies on a case-to-case basis. For some patients, this can even translate to reducing three cup sizes from their bra size.

To learn what breast reduction may look like for you, Dr. Widder and our team hold a detailed consultation to understand your goals and suggest the best possible surgical approach with relevant visual references. This helps you find relief from large breasts while also respecting your aesthetic preferences.

The BMI is a general scale that determines if your body mass is in line with the recommended weight for your height. It is a good reference point, but it does not determine whether individual areas of the body have sufficient weight or not.

Breast reduction surgery is typically not recommended for those who have a BMI that determines they are either underweight or obese. This makes the BMI range of 18.5-24.9 ideal for breast reduction surgery, because it remains in line with the suggested or healthy amount of weight for an average person of your height.

But many patients who have a BMI of a little over 30 that determines they are overweight can still be good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Keeping this in mind, it is important that you hold a detailed consultation with Dr. Widder and his team to determine if you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery at your current body weight.

The best age for breast reduction is usually 18 and above, which is when your breasts have fully developed. This makes sure that your body’s natural growth does not interfere with the results of your breast reduction surgery.

During a breast reduction surgery, breast tissue including skin and fat is permanently removed from your body and does not grow back. However, if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle and gain a significant amount of weight, your breasts may enlarge due to new fat deposits.

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle that helps you retain your ideal weight, you can enjoy the results of your breast reduction surgery for a long time to come.