Breast Reduction

Large, heavy breasts can be the source of serious physical pain. Chronic back and neck pain, skin irritation, and limited range of motion can be an imposing burden for many women. At Become, we offer breast reduction surgery to decrease the weight and size of large breasts and therefore relieve our patients of such daily strain.

The Consultation

Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is one of the most commonly performed procedures by Dr. Holzman. The process begins with an in-depth consultation in which the essential elements of the symptoms and any pertinent breast history are documented. Previous surgeries, medications, injections, history of breastfeeding, pregnancies, family history, and mammogram history will be discussed. A physical exam focused on the breasts, shoulders, and back will be performed, including measurements of the breasts. Dr. Holzman will then determine the amount of tissue to be removed, recommend additional liposuction to the side of the chest if necessary, and discuss his findings with the patient. Generally, no additional studies, such as CT scans or MRIs, are needed. Breast reduction consultation is completely done in the office with a pleasant, stress-free evaluation with the patient and Dr. Holzman. It is very rewarding for Dr. Holzman to meet and evaluate these patients, as he is confidant that almost all of the patients who undergo breast reduction surgery will be happy with their results, achieving a nice improvement in size and excellent relief of their symptoms.

The Breast Reduction Procedure

After deciding the ideal size, Dr. Holzman will formulate a customized plan for reducing the breasts that will result in the least amount of scarring while producing symmetrical, proportional results. During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Holzman will make an initial incision around the outside of the nipple and vertically down the underside of the breast. He will then remove the appropriate amount of excess breast and fat tissue before carefully reforming the breasts and suturing the incisions closed. Dr. Holzman will reposition the areola and the nipple to ensure the most natural-looking results.

Results of Breast Reduction – Symmetrical and Proportionate

Our patients who have undergone breast reduction generally experience a drastic reduction in back and neck pain as well as increased self-confidence after surgery. Their new, more manageable bust line affords them greater mobility and the freedom to dress in clothing and undergarments they were formerly unable to wear. Contact us today for more information about breast reduction.

Bra and Breast Size

Although Dr. Holzman has been performing this procedure successfully for many years, he has yet to find the perfect way to describe to patients the exact size that will be created from the surgery. Dr. Holzman considers himself a breast surgeon but not a bra fitter.  In general, Dr. Holzman prefers to make a breast size that is reasonable and proportionate to the patient’s body size. Your bra size will be determined approximately a month after the surgery once most of the swelling has resolved; you can then visit your favorite bra store to get fitted and sized for your new bras. If you have only been able to get custom-sized bras beforehand, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that most off-the-shelf bras will be most satisfactory. Sometimes Dr. Holzman jokes that the real cost of the breast reduction procedure is the expense generated by the new wardrobe that is required to fit your new body. Often patients find their ability to exercise returns, their ability to function and do tasks improves, and overall life gets much better after a breast reduction. It is most rewarding for patient and doctor.