Breast Reduction Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Jan
2001

Q&A: Is there a surgery to correct my sagging breast and reduce the size of my areola?

Question:

Is there any surgery to correct sagging breasts? I am happy with the size of my breasts but I don't like that they sag. I would guess that a breast reduction would be the way to go but like I said, I don't want to change the size, just the shape. Can this be done? What casues sagging breasts, I'm only 20 yrs. old. Also, I have very large areola's, can this be fixed too? It seem to me that if my areolas were made smaller then my problem would be fixed. I think that I have too much skin to cover my breasts. Is that possible? How much would all of this cost on average? Are there any risks? Thank you for your time.

- Mary

Answer:

 David Ross, MD - LocateADoc.com

Sagging breasts can be improved with an operation called mastopexy without sacrificing much in size. In conjunction with the mastopexy the size of the areolar can be easily reduced. There are very few significant complications associated with mastopexy but there can be significant scars that result. One has to be certain that the uplift gained by the operation justifies the inherent scarring. Some types of mastopexy allow for less scarring but are not applicable to all types of sagging. Total costs vary but a fare range would be eight to ten thousand dollars.

-- David Ross, MD
Chicago, Illinois



Jan
2001

Q&A: Who should I contact to have my 36DD breast reduced to a C cup size and is this a lengthy procedure?

Question:

I have size 36 DD breasts and would like to have them reduced to a size c. Would this procedure be a lengthy one, or would it be relatively simple? How Do I bring this up to a Dr?

- Kristi

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most commmonly performed plastic surgical procedures and one with a terrific track record for safety and patient satisfaction. Go to your doctor and ask if he/she knows a good plastic surgeon in your area then ask the plastic surgeon if he/she performs many breast reduction procedures. You should have a wonderful result with someone who performs one or more of these procedures every month. I know in my training, we would routinely perform 3 or 4 per week.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2000

Q&A: What age can my daughter (a 36DDD) get a breast reduction to help wither her self esteem and what is the cost?

Question:

I have a 16 year old daughter who has 36DDD size breasts. It causes a lot self esteem problems, and is in tears every time we shop for clothes. I wanted to know how old you have to be to have breast reduction surgery and the cost.

- Joan

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Breast reduction is commonly performed for virginal hypertrophy (the case with your daughter). Although some growth can be anticipated after breast reduction surgery, the huge excess can be reduced permanently with breast reduction surgery. The problem with scarring is usually a minimal price to pay for the reduction in size. Breast reductions cost from $5000 to $8000 across the country.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Oct
2000

Q&A: Is it possible for a guy to grow breasts and how does it happen?

Question:

Is it possible for a guy to grow breasts? I seem to have gained a lot in that area over the last year. It doesnt seem to be all fat either. What could cause this?

- terry

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Terry, The condition that you describe is gynecomastia. I would suggest that you visit with a general practitioner or endocrinologist and make certain that there are no drugs or hormonal contributions. Then, I would suggest that you visit with a plastic surgeon who performs internal ultrasonic liposuction. This procedure has been a blessing for many of my patients who I would have otherwise had to perform breast reduction surgery on with concomitant scarring. This has been a godsend for male patients. Hope this helps.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2000

Q&A: How long is the typical recovery time for breast reduction surgery?

Question:

How long of a recovery for breast reduction? I am thinking of having it done but can't be off work too long.

- pat

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

You can anticipate that you will have about 1 week of downtime. Give us a call and come in for a consultation. JRBerman drb@drberman.com

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida



Sep
1999

Q&A: What do I need to know about breast reduction surgery?

Question:

tell me everything you know about breast reduction

- jane

Answer:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Where do I begin...It is safe, rewarding and patients that undergo this operation are some of the happiest patients I have in mhy practice. Check out my website at www.drberman.com. Call us for a complimentary consultation. Check out www. plasticsurgery.org and look up breast reduction. Hope to see you soon.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida