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Breast Reduction


Breast Reduction

Despite the saying that “bigger is better”, this is not always true. For many women with a larger breast size, not only can they experience social and emotional turmoil, but also physiological challenges such as rashes, skin tears, and orthopedic pain due to the extra upper chest weight. If you have heavy breasts, a breast reduction in New York City from double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Henderson can help you lose some of this chest weight. Conveniently nestled in Union Square, Henderson Breast Reconstruction has been helping women live better and more comfortable lives, and it all starts with just one consultation. We invite you to learn more about this procedure and what it can do for you.

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What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size and volume of a woman’s breasts. By removing the excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Henderson, helps his patients achieve breasts that are proportional to their overall physical anatomy. During this resizing, the nipple and areola might also be moved to better sit symmetrically with the new smaller breast. 

Breast reductions have been known to help women achieve more active lifestyles and reduce their physical and emotional burden of larger breasts in societies where breast size can be coupled with beauty standards, self-esteem, and sometimes unwanted attention.

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

Some of the many benefits that our female patients have recognized from their breast reduction in New York City include:

  • Alleviated back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Better proportioned body
  • Clothing fits better
  • Fast recovery time
  • Improved hygiene
  • Improved posture
  • More active lifestyle
  • More self-confidence
  • Reduced skin irritation

Who are the Best Candidates for the Breast Reduction Procedure?

The best candidates for breast reduction would have some of the following characteristics:

  • Are at a stable weight
  • Get skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Have back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by large breasts
  • Have larger than proportional breasts
  • Lack of self-confidence caused by social pressures
  • Left with shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • Limited in their physical activity due to breast size
  • Maintain realistic expectations
  • No underlying medical condition
  • Non-smoker
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding

What’s the first step?

If you are considering breast reduction in New York City, the first step is to contact Henderson Breast Reconstruction and schedule a consultation with double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Henderson. During your appointment, Dr. Henderson will discuss your medical history, determine if you are suitable for this surgery, and finally evaluate your breasts, explaining the different surgical techniques available for you with their associated pros and cons.

Dr. Henderson will then create a personalized surgical plan targeting your needs and goals. If you’re satisfied with the plan and ready to move forward, our Patient Coordinator will assist you in scheduling your procedure.

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How do I prepare for my Breast Reduction?

You will receive a complete list of what you should and shouldn’t do prior to your surgery, but here are some tips on preparing for your breast reduction surgery in New York City.

  • Getting lab work prescribed
  • Getting imaging as prescribed
  • Adjusting current medications as prescribed
  • Stop smoking or vaping*
  • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs, as they can increase bleeding
  • Resting and staying hydrated
  • Arranging for someone to drive you to and from surgery

What to Expect on the Day of Breast Reduction Surgery

On the day of your breast reduction, you will meet with Dr. Henderson at our surgical center and review the steps of your procedure. Once you are prepared and ready for surgery, our anesthesiologist will administer your anesthesia so you will be comfortably asleep throughout the procedure.

Dr. Henderson will begin by making an incision on your breasts. Depending on what was discussed during your consultation, and the plan marked out after your assessment, he will design an incision that goes around the areola, extending vertically from the nipple along the lower portion of the breast, with another along the inframammary crease (often referred to as an anchor incision). This incision pattern achieves the greatest reduction and lift. 

Next, Dr. Henderson will remove the excess tissue and reposition the nipple and areola, which will remain connected to its original blood and nerve supply. If necessary, the areola diameter can be reduced by removing skin around the perimeter. Any underlying breast tissue will be reduced and the remaining breast tissue will be lifted and shaped. 

Finally, Dr. Henderson will close the incisions, which are sutured at the deeper layers of the breast tissue to reshape and support the now smaller breast. Absorbable sutures are then used to close the incisions and dressings are applied. 

The length of this procedure will vary depending on the type of technique and complexity of your individual case but will typically take a few hours to complete.

Breast Reduction Recovery

After the surgery is finished, you will be taken to a recovery area, where you will be closely monitored as you wake up from anesthesia. Dr. Henderson will advise you on the types of pain medication you should take throughout your recovery process and you will be provided with detailed information on what you can do to ensure healing is on track. Since breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to leave that same day, but you will need someone to take you home. 

During the first week post-surgery, you should expect to feel sore, but not painful. The next two to three weeks of recovery will have you feeling much better and you can return to work.

About a month post-surgery, you will need to continue to wear your support bra and continue being gentle with your breasts, but you will be able to slowly increase your activity. You will need to continue your regularly scheduled routine mammograms in the future. At this point, you will be able to discuss any scar optimization protocols to reduce their appearance.

Tips for Recovery

The recovery from surgery is incredibly important for the patient’s health and results. After receiving breast reduction from our New York City practice, here are some recovery tips you can follow. 

  • Attend follow-up appointments
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Eat anti-inflammatory and healthy foods
  • Elevate your upper body
  • Follow post-operative instruction
  • Practice wound care
  • Rest
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take medications if prescribed
  • Wear a compression bra

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How much does a Breast Reduction cost in New York, NY?

The cost of breast reduction in New York, NY can vary based on the specific procedure and treatment plan. During your consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your unique needs and goals to create a personalized approach. Once Dr. Henderson and you agree on a treatment plan, our Patient Coordinator will then provide you with detailed pricing information based on the specific factors involved in your breast implant removal procedure.


Why choose Dr. Henderson?

Double-board-certified reconstructive surgeon and microsurgeon, Dr. Peter Henderson, should be your choice for a breast reduction in New York City. At Henderson Breast Reconstruction, Dr. Henderson is committed to helping patients restore, maintain, or improve their function and appearance. Dr. Henderson’s clinical care is supported by his research and academic pursuits in the field of microsurgery and breast reconstruction.   

Dr. Henderson is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), American Board of Surgery (ABS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)American College of Surgeons (FACS), American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NSPS) and New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS).

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If you are interested in reducing your breast size in New York City, please contact the office of Dr. Peter Henderson today! You can call us directly or use our website to fill out an appointment form and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

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