Dr. Fodor offers Breast Reduction Surgery to residents of Aspen, Snowmass and surrounding areas in Colorado.
Dr. Fodor recommends breast reduction to women with excessively large breasts. Pendulous breasts are common in two primary groups of women: 14-20 year-olds and women who have undergone childbirth or experienced weight gain. The operation is designed to reduce the bulk of the breast tissue and to move the nipple and areola upward to the position it was in before the breast became excessively large and/or pendulous, or to the “ideal” position. Breast reduction surgery usually involves both lifting and reducing the size of the breasts. The amount of size, or volume, reduction varies greatly. The selection of an appropriate surgical technique for any specific patient depends on a number of individual factors including breast size, shape, skin thickness, laxity of the breasts and composition of the breast tissue.
There are many breast reduction techniques; in fact, breast reduction is probably among the plastic surgery procedures with the greatest number of possible approaches. In most instances, a very pleasing result can be obtained by selecting any of several methods.
One of the main drawbacks of breast reduction is scarring. Undergoing the procedure is thus a tradeoff: a more visually attractive, comfortable breast in exchange for some level of scarring. Depending on age and breast configuration, certain new methods of breast reduction may be used to reduce the scarring. In some patients, liposuction, which involves far less scarring, may achieve the ideal shape and contour.
Limited incision pattern techniques have gained popularity in recent years. Although excellent results can be obtained in many surgeons’ hands, these techniques can produce less-than-optimal postoperative breast shape.
The most minimally invasive, and in Dr. Fodor’s opinion still highly underutilized, technique is lipoplasty only breast reduction (LOBR). Rapid recovery, virtually undetectable scars, and no sensory changes or loss of ability to breast feed are some of the major advantages. Though not all women seeking breast reduction are good candidates for LOBR, Dr. Fodor believes this approach could be selected for many more patients. In women for whom nipple/areola position is not sufficiently improved through LOBR, a lift procedure of a lesser magnitude than previously would have been necessary can be carried out at a later time. In Dr. Fodor’s experience, this happens much less often than anticipated. LOBR also serves well for the older patient group, many of whom for health or other reasons prefer to have a smaller operation, even with the trade-off of some residual droopiness.
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After the procedure, some patients may need to stay overnight in a recovery facility. A simple bandage is applied following surgery and a smaller sized bra will need to be worn for three weeks. The sutures, if not absorbable, are removed at intervals beginning about seven days after the surgery. The last sutures are usually removed two to three weeks later.
The cost for a breast reduction will vary depending on the severity of your case and techniques used for surgery. At your consultation Dr. Fodor will be happy discuss your options and cost based on your needs.
Call today to schedule your Breast Reduction Consultation in Colorado to begin your path to a more confident you!