Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction in Connecticut with Dr. Wilfred Brown

A breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of your breasts and reshapes them so that they are proportionate to the rest of your body and are no longer a source of physical discomfort. Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems, including self-image issues, physical pain, and discomfort. The weight of excessive breast tissue may impair your ability to lead an active life.

Breast reduction surgery has the dual benefits of improving your appearance while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts. Breast reduction can be considered an option once breast development is complete.

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What Does Breast Reduction Do?

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A breast reduction removes the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from breasts to correct:

  • Breasts that are too large, heavy, and pendulous
  • Breasts that hang low and have stretched skin
  • Nipples that rest below the breast crease when unsupported
  • Enlarged areolae (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) caused by stretched skin
Wilford Brown, MD

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Dr. Wilfred Brown is dual-Board certified plastic surgeon with over thirty years of experience in general and plastic surgery. Dr. Brown combines his rigorous surgical training with his artistic capability to create beautifully natural results for his patients.

When Should I Consider Breast Reduction Surgery?

• Your breasts are too large for your body frame and create neck, back, or shoulder pain
• You have heavy breasts with nipples and areolae that point downward
• One breast is much larger than the other
• You are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts
• You have backaches, neck aches, or skin irritation under your breasts

• You have difficulty breathing and notice grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps
• You have poor posture or numbness in parts of your breasts and upper chest from excessive breast weight
• You find it nearly impossible to buy clothes that fit your upper body
• You are unhappy with your appearance due to of your breast size

The technique used will be determined by your breast composition, the size and shape of your breasts, and amount of reduction desired. Another breast reduction option, which is appropriate only in a select group of women, is liposuction alone.

Connecticut Breast Reduction FAQs

Breast reduction costs are determined by your individual needs, goals, and the technique used. The overall cost incorporates surgical, anesthesia, and facility fees. Following your consultation, you will be provided with a quote outlining the fees.

Following a breast reduction, most patients are feeling better in one to two weeks and may return to more sedentary jobs at that point. For patients with more physical jobs, you can expect up to four to six weeks of recovery or job modifications. Following your breast reduction, you will be required to wear a sports bra full-time for at least four to six weeks for support.

Breast reduction removes redundant skin, breast tissue, and excess fat.  Typically, breast tissue does not grow back. There is a slight chance of regrowth of the breast tissue, which is mainly seen in younger patients. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen as gaining weight can cause new fat accumulation in the breasts, increasing breast size.

To minimize swelling following breast reduction surgery, patients should sleep with their upper bodies slightly elevated. For four to six weeks, patients should ideally sleep on their backs; however, Dr. Brown feels that rest is important to promote healing, and side/ stomach sleepers should sleep in the position that they find most comfortable.

Following breast reduction surgery, strenuous exercising for at least four weeks should be avoided. However, each case is unique, and Dr. Brown may permit returning to more strenuous exercise before the four-week point. Dr. Brown recommends that all patients should begin light exercise, such as walking as soon as possible to promote healing.

Annual mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40, or as your doctor recommends according to personal or family history. Following breast reduction, a mammogram shouldn’t be performed for at least six months. A breast reduction may leave behind scar tissue that is seen on mammographic images, but this should not affect your doctor’s ability to detect any abnormalities.

During your personal consultation with Dr. Brown, he will discuss your aesthetic and health goals for your breast reduction. Dr. Brown will create your unique procedural plan by keeping in mind how much tissue can be removed to achieve your goals safely.