Breast Reduction | Mammaplasty

alleviate the discomfort and achieve a breast size more proportional with your body and lifestyle

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Dr. Laliberte is a Royal College of Canada trained specialist in surgical procedures of the breast including breast reduction. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific frame, goals and circumstances. At Radiance Plastic Surgery Dr. Laliberte performs over 200 breast procedures per year.

What is a Breast Reduction | Mammaplasty?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia).

Disproportionately large breasts can cause both physical and emotional distress for patients. Patients with macromastia may experience physical discomfort resulting from the weight of their breasts. The resulting pain can make it challenging for some patients to perform common physical activities. Along with the physical ailments of macromastia, some patients may suffer from emotional distress or more significant mental health problems as a result of their large breasts.

Although breast reduction is often performed to address medical issues, patients who do not have the symptoms of macromastia but are unhappy with the size of their breasts can still pursue breast reduction as an aesthetic procedure. Patients choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery for cosmetic reasons may cite any number of factors, including social stigmas and wardrobe concerns.

Breast Reduction (Mammaplasty) with Lateral Suction

Additional liposuction to the breast is used to give a better result to the shape of the breast and remove weight. The shape and initial size of your breasts will largely dictate the end result as far as how small Dr. Laliberte will be able to reduce them.

Who is a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life.

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You don’t smoke
  • You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
  • You have breasts that limit your physical activity
  • You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

How much does a Breast Reduction cost?

Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost for a Breast Reduction (Cosmetic) can range from $7,500 – $9,500.

More information on Fees and Financing Options

What are the steps of a breast reduction procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin.

The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and Dr. Laliberte’s advice.

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during breast reduction surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Laliberte will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Incision options include:

  • A circular pattern around the areola

The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra.

  • A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
  • An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern

Step 3 – Removing tissue and repositioning

After the incision is made, the nipple (which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply) is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary.

Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).

Step 4 – Closing the incisions

The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.

Recovery

Most individuals take 4 weeks off from work to allow for recovery. If you do office work, you may be able to return as early as 2 weeks. Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities by the end of 2 weeks. It will take 4 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity.

What results should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction.

What should I expect during my recovery?

Many patients have questions about recovery from breast reduction surgery.

When your procedure is complete, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Most individuals take 4 weeks off from work to allow for recovery. If you do office work, you may be able to return as early as 2 weeks. Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities by the end of 2 weeks. It will take 4 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity.

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The most common breast reduction complications are infections, loss of nipple sensation and breast reduction scars. Most patients have a lollipop-shaped scar that circles the nipple and includes a straight line down to the crease under the breast, or an anchor-shaped scar along the fold under the breast. The scar will be red at first but will fade over the next year.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Is A Breast Reduction Procedure Painful?”]Anesthesia will be given during the procedure, but you should expect to feel sore for two to three days after surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication, and your surgeon may advise placing wrapped ice packs gently over sore areas to help with pain and swelling.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”How Old Do You Have To Be To Get A Breast Reduction Procedure?”]Surgery should only be performed when the breasts are fully developed. After that, it can be performed on women of any age.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Should I Get A Breast Reduction Procedure Before or After Having Children?”]Breasts often undergo changes in size and shape during and after pregnancy, so it’s helpful to talk to Dr. Laliberte about the possibility of becoming pregnant after breast reduction surgery.

If you plan to become pregnant in the future, breast reduction surgery may limit your ability to breastfeed, particularly if a large amount of breast tissue is removed or if the milk ducts are affected by the surgery. These are good questions to discuss during your breast reduction consultation.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”What Can I Wear After A Breast Reduction Procedure?”]Patients will be provide with a surgical bra to wear for two weeks after surgery, 24 hours a day. At your follow-up visit, your care team will let you know if you should continue to wear the surgical bra or if you can wear a similar support garment of your choice. We will also let you know when it is appropriate to wear a traditional bra. It is commonly advised to avoid underwire bras for a minimum of three months after breast reduction surgery.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][/cq_vc_accordion]

Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte

MD, FRCSC

Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Laliberte is extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

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