Overly large or sagging breasts can affect a woman’s physical appearance as well as her way of life. Breast lift and reduction surgery can relieve the discomfort resulting from excessively large breasts by removing excess skin and fat from the breasts. Dr. Sarah Mess specializes in breast lifts and cosmetic breast reduction surgery. She focuses on the overall appearance and shape of the breast to provide a more shapely and attractive breast, not just a smaller breast. Her cosmetic breast reductions help patients achieve their aesthetic goals and restore their confidence.
The Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure
Dr. Mess performs breast reduction surgery on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. During the procedure, excess fat and glandular tissues are removed from the breasts using a specific incision pattern. The type of incision used will depend on the severity of the patient’s condition.
An incision will be made around the areola, where excess skin and fat are removed. This incision is commonly performed on younger women who have skin with high elasticity.
An incision is made around the areola and extends vertically down to the breast crease.
An incision is made around the areola, extending vertically down the breast, and horizontally in the breast fold.
Before & After Photos
Breast Reduction Patient Aged 45-54. Photos taken 8 weeks post procedure. Right Breast: 640g reduction Left Breast: 595g reduction
Breast Reduction Patient Aged 35-44. Photos taken 6 weeks post procedure. Right Breast: 420g reduction Left Breast: 410g reduction
Breast Reduction Patient Aged 35-44. Photos taken 7 weeks post procedure. Right Breast: 300g reduction Left Breast: 400g reduction
Breast Reduction Patient Aged 25-34. Photos taken 2 months post procedure. Right Breast: 540g reduction Left Breast: 540g reduction
Breast Reduction Patient Aged 18-24. Photos taken 7 weeks post procedure. Right Breast: 550g reduction Left Breast: 550g reduction
Breast reduction patient age 18-24. Photos taken 5 months post-op. Right Breast: 240g reduction Left Breast: 220g reduction
18 year old patient. Photos taken 1 month post procedure. Right Breast: 535g reduction Left Breast: 580g reduction
24-35 year old patient. Photos taken 1 month post procedure. Right Breast: 645g reduction Left Breast: 645g reductionv
Ideal Candidates for Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery (also known as “reduction mammaplasty”) is suited for women of all ages who are not pregnant or nursing. Candidates should be in good overall health and close to their ideal body weight.
- Large breasts that are not in proportion with the rest of the body
- Heavy breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
- Asymmetry of the breasts
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by the weight of the breasts
- Limited ability to participate in certain physical activities
- Unable to wear certain types of clothing
Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
During a consultation, Dr. Mess will listen to your expectations and discuss the breast reduction procedure with you. Patients should refrain from smoking and avoid taking medications that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin, for at least four weeks before and after surgery. Dr. Mess will provide you with complete instructions on how to properly prepare for surgery as well as how to care for yourself postoperatively.
Recovery After Your Breast Reduction
Although recovery time varies for each individual, patients can usually expect to return to work about a week after surgery. Scars will begin to fade in the coming months, and silicone sheets can help speed up the healing process. Our goal is to ensure you have a safe recovery so you can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
After surgery is complete, the breasts will be covered with waterproof bandages and a compression bra to reduce swelling. To increase the probability of a swift and proper recovery, patients should do the following:
Some discomfort may be present, but this will be alleviated with prescription medication.
Get plenty of rest and apply ice packs to the breasts.
Refrain from any strenuous activity or exercise.
Refrain from any strenuous activity or exercise.
Schedule follow-up appointment to make sure you are healing correctly.
How much does Breast Reduction cost?
We believe patients make better decisions when they understand the options and cost ranges for breast reduction surgery. We are happy to provide a basic price range for breast reduction surgery, but final costs cannot be determined prior to your consult with Dr. Mess.
Most breast reductions are scheduled from 3 hours. Some will take a little less time, and others will require more. Dr. Mess will help you determine the best options to achieve your aesthetic goals.
The best way to determine your breast reduction pricing is to come in for a consult with Dr. Mess. Our Columbia office is conveniently located and easily assessable from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Our surgical estimates are comprehensive. Your tummy tuck surgery quote will include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Operating room fees and supply charges
- Anesthesia fees
- Post-surgical garments
- Pico post surgery scar management (7 day negative pressure dressing to improve healing and scar appearance)
- All appointments before or after your surgery
Price Range for breast reduction: $8500-9500) Your costs may fall outside of this range.