What is a Breast Reduction?
The heft of large breasts, deep grooves in your shoulders from bra straps, and clothes that don't fit right are all reasons why women seek breast reductions. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, has performed breast reduction surgery for numerous women in the Houston, TX area.
Women who desire a breast reduction usually seek out Dr. Spiegel to get back their body confidence and enjoy the life they want through surgical reduction of their breasts. This is a cosmetic surgery at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D., which surgically takes off the excess breast fat and skin to redefine and reshape the breasts to a proportionate size. It also reconstructs the nipples/areolas and repositions them into their new higher place on the breast. In most cases, a breast lift is implemented to give a more taut and healthier appearance. Heavy breasts can cause pain and make it really uncomfortable to exercise in public. At Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D., we are here to listen to your concerns and give you options on what to expect from plastic surgery. Call and make a breast reduction consultation at our Houston, TX office.
Breast Reduction Qualifiers
If you are considering a breast reduction, you may have multiple valid reasons why you would like to have the surgery.
If one breast is larger than the other, Dr. Spiegel can make your breasts the same size and shape (even if your natural ones are not).
Body image issues and mental well-being
Living in a body that is disproportionate because of a top-heavy chest may be very distressing to you. You may avoid doing normal activities, like swimming, trying on clothes, exercising, or anything that draws attention to your breasts. This may make you feel vulnerable and isolated, which has a negative impact on your mental health.
Anytime you are required or just wish to move, exercise, or stretch, you may have difficulty moving your upper body in a comfortable way. Because of the way the breasts jiggle, strain your back, or sweat, you may avoid moving in a way that causes you embarrassment.
When you sit or stand with a slumped posture, you risk doing some damage to your nerves. A compressed nerve may make your arm feel numb or like pins and needles in your arm, shoulders, and/or hands.
We understand that having overly sized breasts can take a toll on your shoulders, back, and core. It may be difficult to stand up straight, be flexible, jump, run, or any type of explosive movement.
The delicate skin underneath large breasts is highly susceptible to painful bacterial or yeast infections, sores, or rashes on the underside of the breasts. If you sweat a lot at the gym or just living in the Texas heat, you may have a chronic irritation in your skin (with scars to prove it).
As you age, you may develop stretch marks from pendulous, heavy breasts. They may have some color or look like translucent scars on the topside of your breasts.
"I cannot recommend Dr Spiegel and her team more highly. I attended her clinic when having trouble with uncomfortable implants after a previous mastectomy. Dr Spiegel suggested DIEP procedure and I was really not sure. Over the coming months both she and her team explained the procedure, the benefits and results and implications. I decided to go ahead and I could not be more happy with the results. I look like I would have done pre mastectomy. I have been amazed by the continued care and concern of the whole team from the finance folk to the clinic nurses and doctors and their absolute pleasure in seeing my delight. A fantastic experience and I can't thank them enough."- C.A. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel and her wonderful staff got me through the most difficult experience of my life. Going through mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction is traumatic. I chose her over other Houston area surgeons and felt that I could trust her. Everyone in her office supported me each step of the way. First, and foremost, this is a major surgery and you rely on medical excellence to avoid important risks. She is a perfectionist regarding medical safety. Next, her artistry is outstanding. She got the best result that could be possible. Finally, if you have radiation, it is a long journey of several years to get from the beginning to end of the process, involving a year of a temporary expander before the final reconstruction. It is important to have a team that you can have that trusting supportive relationship over time. I feel very lucky and grateful that I was in the hands of this wonderful group of highly skilled women."- L.S. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel was highly recommended by my oncologist. It had become necessary that I look into reconstruction and a lymph node transplant. Dr. Spiegel does amazing work. She loves what she does and it shows in the results that she achieves. I am very happy that I chose her for this journey! Her support staff are wonderful to work with as well!"- D.M. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is my guardian angel and I owe her and her entire team and staff a debt of gratitude that I will ever be able to repay! I am one year out from my original Diep flap surgery with her and I feel great- like myself again! After undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy ( due to testing positive for the BRCA 2 gene and strong family cancer) and getting breast implants with another doctor, Dr. Spiegel saved my life by removing the implants and performing Deip surgery. The implants cased me so much pain and diminished my quality of life but now I have it back. I have no more pain and my breasts are soft again and created from my very own tissue. Thank you Dr. Spiegel!"- J.A. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is simply fantastic. I am so grateful to her and her whole staff (Alexis/Nicole/Lisa/Aidee/Angie) for the wonderful care and support given to me from my very first visit to their office. Dr. Spiegel is so thorough that during the course of my visits, she insisted that I consult a GI doctor for my distended stomach. Turns out that I had an H Pylori infection for which I had to be treated. No other doctors had ever looked past their specialties to treat the whole individual, and I am 59 years old. Subsequently, Dr. Spiegel pushed for an endoscopy, and it was discovered that I had an ulcer for which I was treated. From cardio work up, lab tests to chest xrays, Dr. Spiegel ensured that I was in top shape for surgery and made sure that I understood all aspects of the procedure and treatment.During my stay at the hospital, Dr. Spiegel, Alexis, Nicole, Dr. Arroyo, and Dr. Vo infused me with so much strength, support and kindness that I have no words to express my gratitude and appreciation. It's been one month since my surgery and I'm feeling good, healing very well and going back to work next week. Awesome doctor and wonderful staff."- R.L. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
Breast Reduction Surgical Reduction Technique
Before your actual day of surgery, you will have a private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Spiegel to discuss all of the specific details needed to plan your procedure. Dr. Spiegel performs breast reductions as an outpatient surgery with you under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery is dependent upon many factors, including the complexity of the incisions, the amount of reduction, and the positioning of your areola and nipples. Liposuction is required for tissue and fat removal.
On the day of your surgery, Dr. Spiegel will first make the incisions (placement of the incisions will be based on what is being removed). She may perform a vertical or short scar reduction where incisions are performed around the areola and down the bottom side of the breast. If you are having surgery for extremely large breasts, an anchor-shaped technique will better suit your needs. Dr. Spiegel will cut around your nipple/areola complex, make a vertical incision down the underside of the breast, and finish the technique with an incision along the natural crease under your breast. Then, she can begin to take out the excess fat and mammary glands with liposuction. She will also excise the loose, hanging skin weighing down your breasts. If your nipples and areolas have to be moved, she will reposition them higher on your newly shaped breast. It is also possible for Dr. Spiegel to perform liposuction around your underarm area (commonly known as bra fat) for a better shape. Once all of the incisions are closed, you will be taken to our post-op recovery room to be monitored while you awaken from surgery.
Breast Reduction After Your Reduction
There will be aftercare instructions on how to care for your surgical incisions at home during your post-op recovery. We will answer any of your questions you may have before you are discharged. You are also welcome to call our office if you need assistance. Most of our breast reduction patients take about two weeks off from work to stay home and recover. No heavy lifting or strenuous upper body workouts for at least 4 – 6 weeks. Dr. Spiegel's scheduler will set up a follow-up appointment for you so we can check in on how you are doing.
Discover Your Options
Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you could not wear before and feel enthusiastic about your new contour. Remember, it is still important to maintain a healthy body weight so the results are not affected in a negative way. Find out if a breast reduction is the right cosmetic surgery for you. Request an appointment with Dr. Spiegel online or call our office in Houston, TX.