Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig specialize in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, particularly for breast procedures and microsurgery. Dr. Craig was an assistant professor at the nation’s top cancer center, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the past three years, teaching fully trained plastic surgeons. She acquired additional training from renowned breast surgeons Dr. Roger Kouri and Dr. Phillip Blondeel.
What Can a Breast Reduction Change?
Women with larger breasts frequently develop uncomfortable symptoms related to bearing additional weight on their breasts. A breast reduction not only decreases the size and weight of your breasts but relieves many related symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain in back, neck, and shoulders.
- Limitations to physical activities.
- Shoulder grooving from your bra.
- Rashes underneath your breasts and in the crease.
Larger breasts that cause pain or discomfort are a recognized medical problem known as macromastia. This condition can disrupt your ability to participate in high-impact exercise and diminish your self-confidence.
Do I Need a Breast Reduction?
While a breast reduction is not always a medically necessary procedure, women that experience the symptoms listed above can greatly benefit from a breast reduction. In addition to improving your ability to enjoy everyday activities, a breast reduction will:
- Reposition drooping nipples.
- Remove excess skin and lift sagging breasts.
- Correct any asymmetry present.
Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig are experienced reconstructive and aesthetic breast plastic surgeons and encourage patients to schedule a consultation to gain more understanding of the benefits, risks, and costs associated with the procedure.
Should I Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation?
During your breast reduction consultation you will discuss options for the shape, contour, and size of your new breasts. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig can provide you with additional information necessary for an informed decision by:
- Measuring your chest width to determine a proportional breast size for your body type.
- Discussing your options and the benefits of different approaches to the procedure.
- Answering any questions that you have regarding breast reduction.
Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will draw from their extensive training at Yale and with renowned aesthetic and reconstructive breast reduction surgeons to support you before, during, and after surgery.
What Happens During the Procedure?
After developing an individualized treatment plan for your breast reduction, Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will meet you at a certified surgery center on the day of your breast reduction surgery. Once you have settled in, a trained anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia for your comfort. During your surgery, our doctors will:
- Make a keyhole, circular, or inverted T incision based on your breast anatomy.
- Excise tissue, fat, and skin to reduce your discomfort.
- Reposition your breasts and nipples to improve shape and contour.
- Close the incisions with scar minimizing techniques.
After surgery, you will have time to rest in the recovery room until a family member or friend can escort you home. Most patients are able to return home soon after waking up from surgery.
How Long Will Recovery Take?
Patients should expect taking 10-14 days off from work or any strenuous activity for the first phase of recovery. During your initial healing period, it is normal to experience symptoms such as:
To alleviate the initial discomfort caused by surgery, Drs. Fusi and Craig will prescribe medication to manage pain and a surgical bra after the first few days. Approximately one or two weeks after your surgery your stitches will be removed, however our doctors will advise you to limit certain activities that hinder healing.
For more information about how a breast reduction can improve your self- image and alleviate discomfort, contact our Guilford, CT office at 203-458-4444, or our Houston, TX office at 713-346-9909, to schedule your consultation.