Houston & Pearland, TX

Breast Reduction

Introduction to Breast Reduction

The notion that bigger breasts are always the object of desire is simply not true. Many women with large breasts can be tired of the physical and emotional burden of having an ample bosom and might seek to reduce their breast size. If you are someone in search of a solution to large breasts, cosmetic specialist Christopher Hankins, MD, offers breast reduction surgery (or reduction mammaplasty) for patients with huge breasts. Serving as medical director for Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hankins and his qualified team of professionals serve the residents of Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston. He has performed significant breast reductions, obtained consistently good to excellent results, and has many highly satisfied patients.

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What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure to remove excess fat, excess skin, and excess breast tissue and attain a more natural breast size and shape for your frame. Having disproportionately large breasts is a condition known as hypermastia. In addition to neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and difficulty finding clothes that fit huge breasts can result in chronic skin irritation beneath the breasts.  Many women with hypermastia are self-conscious about the size of their breasts.

Since overly large breasts make it difficult to be physically active, those requesting breast reduction tend to be heavier. After the breast reduction procedure, it is not uncommon for many of these patients to lose weight as physical activity becomes much more manageable.

A breast reduction will alleviate symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, back pain, and skin irritation under the breast. Dr. Hankins offers female breast reduction surgery as well as male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery).

What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

Of all the treatments offered by cosmetic surgeons, breast reduction surgery ranks exceptionally high in patient satisfaction. Some of the benefits of breast reduction in Houston at Premier Plastic Surgery include:

  • Almost immediate pain relief
  • Better posture
  • Easier to be more active
  • Better body proportions
  • It is easier to buy clothes, and they fit better
  • Improved sleep
  • Overall, better long-term health

Who Are the Best Candidates for Breast Reduction?

If you’re a healthy adult concerned about the disproportionate size of your breasts, chances are that you’re a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. Most recipients of breast reduction surgery in Houston exhibited one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Breasts too large for your body size
  • Constant skin rashes or yeast infections underneath the breast
  • Feeling self-conscious regarding breast size
  • Grooves embedded in shoulders caused by the weight of the bra straps
  • Heavy breasts that droop
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain caused by heavy breasts
  • No medical underlying conditions
  • Poor posture
  • Realistic expectations
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Breast Reduction First Step

What’s the
first step?

The first step to getting a breast reduction in Houston is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hankins. During your appointment, Dr. Hankins will learn more about your intentions and goals with a breast reduction procedure. He will examine you physically and see the potential of the surgery, discussing various techniques, their pros and cons, and your potential path to recovery.

If you agree that this is indeed the best way forward, he will design a surgery plan for you that you can then take to a patient coordinator for pricing and scheduling the procedure.

What to Expect On the Day of Breast Reduction Surgery

Dr. Hankins performs breast reduction surgery at a hospital or an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia. The surgical procedure involves removing a variable amount of breast tissue and glandular tissue in a Wise pattern. The nipple remains attached to its original blood and nerve supply and is repositioned above the level of the inframammary fold. Dr. Hankins sutures the nipple to its new position, and the remainder of the skin edges of the breasts are lifted and shaped. In extensive breast reduction surgeries, drains are commonly utilized. The resultant small scar is in the shape of an inverted “T.” only the vertical scar usually remains visible after healing.

Breast Reduction Recovery

After your breast reduction surgery, Dr. Hankin will apply a dressing or bandage to the incision site. You will also be required to wear a surgical bra to minimize swelling and support the breast as you heal. You may also experience some mild discomfort. The breast reduction scars from the surgical procedure usually appear slightly red for several weeks and begin to fade with the maturation of the scar tissue.

Breast Reduction Cost

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost In Houston?

In most cases, this procedure is covered by insurance. For those women unfortunate enough to have insurance that does not cover it, we will work with patients to make it affordable so that they, too, can benefit from it.

If you’re considering breast reduction surgery but still have questions, feel free to contact Premier Plastic Surgery and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members. You can also set up a free, personal consultation with Dr. Hankins to discuss your goals and see if breast reduction surgery is right for you. Our offices proudly serve residents in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Dr. Christopher Hankins should be your choice for your Tummy Tuck in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area. Specifically, his success in maintaining nipple sensitivity during breast reduction is a skill that is not as common. Many surgeons in the past have subscribed to the dogma that nipples can only be raised a finite distance during the operation and, as a result, perform nipple grafts. Unfortunately, the grafted nipples have no sensation and may even lose pigmentation. To date, we have found no such limit in the distance the nipples can be raised. Ironically, many patients with substantial breast reductions have told us that their nipples become much more sensitive as a result of the procedure. This may occur as the tension on the sensory nerves to the nipple-areola complex is removed due to the reduction. Dr. Hankins plans to present the results of his work at an upcoming national meeting of his peers.

In addition to his practice in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins is actively involved in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine and a member of the American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA).

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Breast Reduction FAQ’S

Schedule a Consultation

If you are tired of oversized breasts and their associated burdens, we recommend you contact Premier Plastic Surgery today to schedule your free personal consultation with Dr. Hankins. If you live in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, or the neighboring communities of South Houston, Dr. Hankins can help you achieve a body you won’t want to cover up!

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