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Michael Eisemann, M.D.

Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
6550 Fannin
Suite 2119
Houston, Texas 77030

P. (713) 790-1771
F. (713) 790-0575
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Breast Reduction - Houston, TX

Excessively large, sagging breasts can be uncomfortable, unhealthy and distracting from a woman's appearance. Large breasts can also restrict participation in sports and physical activities. Breast reduction surgery is recommended by Dr. Eisemann to reduce overdeveloped breasts and alleviate back and neck pain, shoulder strap furrows, hand numbness and breathing difficulty.

What about getting pregnant and nursing after breast reduction surgery?

If you are considering having children, you should discuss this with Dr. Eisemann during your consultation appointment. The ability to nurse after you have had the size of your breasts reduced is unpredictable. Should you decide to nurse after your surgery, you probably will experience some temporary engorgement.

What about mammograms after breast reduction surgery?

The risk of developing breast cancer seems to remain unchanged following breast reduction, as do our recommendations for cancer screenings. Self breast examination should be performed monthly. A new baseline mammogram should be performed one year after your surgery. Dr. Eisemann will discuss this in detail and make further recommendations during your consultation.

Who are the best candidates for breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction are women with very large breasts who require physical relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain. Other candidates for breast reduction include those patients with one breast significantly larger than the other. Those with indentations in their shoulders from tight bra straps. Patients who are self-conscious or dissatisfied with their over-sized breasts are also excellent candidates.

How is the breast reduction procedure performed? 

Traditional breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, but is usually performed  under general anesthesia, with an overnight stay in the hospital.  The surgery itself takes about 4 hours. There are many variations to this procedure. The most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola and extends downward following the curve of the breast and beneath in the crease of the breast. Dr. Eisemann will then remove the excess glandular and fatty tissue. Then the nipple and areola are transposed up into their new position, in the center of the breast. The skin is then drawn together and down around the areola, providing a new , rounder, more youthful shape to your breast.

If  your breasts are excessively large and pendulous, Dr. Eisemann may need to transplant the nipple-areola complex.  This is a safe variation to the traditional procedure and  Dr. Eisemann will discuss this possibility with you during your consultation.  All incisions are closed with stitches. Depending on how much tissue Dr. Eisemann is planning on removing, your Breast Reduction procedure may be covered by your insurance.

How will I feel after breast reduction surgery?

After Dr. Eisemann performs a traditional breast reduction procedure, the recovery can be extensive. Following your surgery, it is recommended that you sleep on your back in an elevated position of 30* to avoid undo pressure on your breasts. You will have drains for 5-10 days. The stitches will be removed over the next few weeks. Bruising and swelling may take up to 6 weeks to disappear.  Sexual activity should be avoided for 1 - 2 weeks following surgery, and you should avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks. It may be possible to return to work in 2 - 3 weeks. It may take up to a year or two for the scars to soften and fade.

Your new figure after breast reduction surgery

A breast reduction can make a dramatic change in your appearance and your outlook. A breast reduction can make your breasts smaller and firmer. Many patients find a new enjoyment in sports, exercise, dancing, or even just walking.