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Breast Reduction

If your breasts are too large, they can not only interfere with daily activities, but also cause headaches, neck pain, and back trouble.

With breast reduction, board-certified surgeon Stephanie Peng can create a more proportional silhouette and ease your discomfort.

Why consider a breast reduction at our plastic surgery office in Plymouth, MN, serving greater Minneapolis?

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Benefits of  Breast Reduction Surgery

Physical Relief

Breast reduction surgery is often recommended to ease physical discomfort, shoulder grooving, and skin problems caused by the stress of overly large breasts. Carrying this weight around with you at all times can lead to long-term damage. With a breast reduction, however, you can move unencumbered. 

Easier Shopping and More Clothing Options

Finding clothes and bras that fit properly can be a struggle for women with large breasts. Often, you face limited availability and high prices. Breast reduction surgery can make shopping easier.

A Greater Sense of Self-Confidence

It is easy to feel self-conscious about your breast size, especially if you have been teased about it in the past. A breast reduction can consequently help you feel more comfortable in your skin. 

A Closer Look at the Procedure

Positive Feedback from Satisfied Patients

"One of the best doctors I've ever known. Since I first met with Dr Peng in October 2017 she has been open and caring. She listens to me before she makes suggestions on my care. That's because I can see she really cares!" Elaine M.

Show me how treatment refines the breasts...

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Types of Incisions

The type recommended for your procedure will depend on your goals for surgery and the amount of tissue that must be removed. Incision patterns Dr. Peng may recommend at our Minneapolis, MN, area practice include:

  • Circular: This simple incision is made around the areola and nipple. This technique results in the least noticeable amount of scarring. However, it is usually only appropriate for removing small amounts of breast tissue.
  • Vertical or "Lollipop": This technique combines the circular technique around the areola with a vertical incision down to the crease below the breast. It is usually recommended for more moderate cases.
  • Inverted-T or "Anchor": Reserved for significantly large breasts, this option combines the lollipop technique with an incision along the breast crease. It allows for both vertical and horizontal repositioning of the tissue, making it the most versatile option.

Discuss Your Options with Dr. Peng

A breast reduction is an effective procedure that can have life-changing outcomes. The best way to find out if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Stephanie Peng is dedicated to restoring form, function, and beauty through plastic surgery. Call our office at (763) 999-4170 or reach out online to make an appointment at our office in Plymouth, MN, serving patients in and around Minneapolis, MN.

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Timeline of the Breast Reduction Procedure

 

The procedure can generally be broken down into several distinct steps...

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Anesthesia

The surgical procedure will begin with the administration of intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. 
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Incisions

Next, Dr. Peng will discreetly make the incisions, taking care to minimize potential scarring as much as possible.
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Nipple Repositioning

Once the underlying tissue is accessible, she may adjust the position of the nipple so that the results appear more natural.
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Tissue Removal

The breasts and areola are then resized, lifted, and shaped as necessary. In some cases, we may use liposuction to enhance these results.
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Closing the Incisions

The final step is closing the incisions with absorbable sutures that are buried under the skin.

What to Expect during Your Recovery

When you wake up, your breasts will be wrapped with an elastic bandage. Often, there will be surgical drains to reduce fluid buildup under your incisions. You may be prescribed medications to reduce pain and the risk of infection after surgery. You should also wear any compression garments or special bras if you are instructed to do so.

Dr. Peng will provide specific instructions for your recovery, but you can generally expect up to four weeks of activity restrictions after surgery. Some women can return to work after two weeks, depending on your job. Dr. Peng and her team will see you frequently in the first month after surgery at our Plymouth, MN, office, serving greater Minneapolis, to monitor and support you through the recovery.

A Real Patient's Life-Changing Results

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After breast reduction
Breast reduction greatly improved this woman's mobility and physical comfort, while enhancing her confidence in her appearance.

Immediate Effects

One of the most gratifying parts of breast reduction is that you do not have to wait for swelling to die down before you see results: they will be obvious as soon as you leave the office. While these results will become more refined as you heal, pain in your head, neck, and upper back should be relieved as soon as the weight is gone. However, it is important to keep in mind that age and changes in weight can change these results over time. 

"Experience with dr. Peng has been absolutely wonderful...I find her to be open honest compassionate non-judgemental and an excellent surgeon I have recommended her to co-workers and they too are also satisfied with the results" Amanda I.

Factors Affecting Cost

The average cost of a breast reduction is usually about $5,482. However, the exact amount will depend on a number of different factors, including:

Surgical Facility Costs

Though some surgeons prefer to perform plastic surgery procedures at their own office, many work at a hospital or other surgical facility. While this can reassure some patients, such third-party facilities usually charge an additional fee for this use.

Surgeon's Fees

This fee is based on a plastic surgeon's training and skill. Many of our patients prefer to invest in the experience offered by an all-female surgical team, which is a rarity in the area. Dr. Peng also strives to provide the greatest value for the procedure.

Anesthesia Fees

Because the anesthesia needed to keep you comfortable must be administered and monitored by a certified anesthesiologist, you will typically need to pay an additional fee for the service.

Combination with Other Procedures

If you decide to combine your breast reduction with additional surgeries, such as liposuction surgery, this will also add to the final cost.

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Together with Dr. Jennifer Harrington, she provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Plymouth office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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