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Many women experience changes in breast size with aging, pregnancy, and weight gain. Breast reduction helps achieve a more balanced, proportionate upper body appearance, expanding the patient’s wardrobe options and establishing a more positive self-image. When dieting and exercise are insufficient to accomplish the patient’s aesthetic goals, a breast reduction can provide significant relief, both cosmetically and functionally. 

What Is A Breast Reduction?

Dr. Barker is a Fellowship-trained Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Denver, CO, who continues to help countless women regain their confidence and feel more comfortable through surgical reduction of the breasts. The procedure removes excess breast tissue and skin to redefine and reshape the breasts for a more proportionate physique. Breast reduction surgery also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples, relocating them, so they look more balanced and perky. In most cases, a breast lift is also implemented to remove sagging skin.

Excessively large breasts can cause social, functional, and physical concerns for women. In addition, extremely large breasts can lead to self-image issues. The goal of our breast reduction in Denver is to address these issues, while also focusing on delivering aesthetically pleasing breasts after surgery. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Barker strives to provide each patient with an individualized surgical plan to obtain optimal results.

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How Is A Breast Reduction Performed?

Dr. Barker will work with each patient to develop a customized predetermined surgical and recovery plan to ensure the breast reduction process is as comfortable as possible. General anesthesia is delivered by a highly trained anesthesia provider, and the procedure typically takes around 3 hours to complete. The exact timing of surgery depends on many factors, including the complexity of the incisions, the overall surgical techniques, and finally, how much reduction is required. The nipple and areola repositioning will also be a factor. 

In addition to surgical reduction of the breast tissue and skin, liposuction may also be recommended for chest wall fat and tissue elimination to improve the overall contour of the chest and breasts. At the time of the initial consult, all of these factors will be addressed with Dr. Barker. The extent and positioning of scars will be thoroughly discussed. However, modern methods have led to a significant decrease in the visibility of scarring. Based on the proposed surgical technique for the reduction, either an anchor or a straight line (vertical) incision will be incorporated. The breast tissue will be removed, and the existing tissue and skin will be lifted.

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What Can I Expect During Breast Reduction Recovery?

Following your breast reduction procedure, the incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with small sterile dressings. The dressings will remain in place until the first postoperative visit (within 7 days of surgery). Patients may feel mild discomfort in their breasts for the first 3-5 days following their procedure. The discomfort will slowly fade daily, and most patients are able to return to work within 3-5 days post-op. 

During a breast reduction surgery, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to block the nerves in the breasts. This lasts for up to 3 days to help control postoperative pain. Following surgery, patients typically only need to take over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to assist with pain control. The patient is permitted to shower 24 hours after surgery. They will be fitted with a no-wire surgical bra, which is recommended for the first six weeks of recovery.

Patients will need to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4-6 weeks post-op. They are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2-3 months. Swelling is normal during the first few months and typically resolves fully within 6 months. Patients need to attend follow-up appointments so that Dr. Barker can evaluate their healing progress and provide the necessary personalized aftercare instructions.

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The Surgical Timeline For A Breast Reduction

  • Surgery
  • Day 3-5: As discomfort fades, patients are able to return to work.
  • Day 7: First postoperative visit. The dressings are removed, and patients are weaned off pain medications.
  • Week 2 post-op: Second postoperative visit.
  • Week 3 post-op: Patients can begin scar therapy if indicated.
  • Week 4 post-op: Third postoperative visit. Patients can slowly ease back into physical activity.
  • Week 6 post-op: Patients can resume normal bra usage and begin to work up to full physical activity.

Why Choose Peak Plastic Surgery Center for a Breast Reduction in Denver, CO?

Dr. Eric Barker and Dr. Garrett Locketz, both Fellowship-trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, provide state-of-the-art, precision-oriented care in a world-class practice setting. They meld extensive expertise, intrepid skill, and unparalleled artistry to deliver stunning yet natural-looking outcomes.

Our immaculate offices are spacious, comfortable, and discreet, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge technology and equipment. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan that is carefully fine-tuned to accomplish their unique aesthetic vision. 

Breast Reduction FAQ

How much does a breast reduction cost?

Will my nipples be moved?

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Can my breasts grow back after surgery?

How much does a breast reduction cost?

The cost of your breast reduction surgery can be discussed with Dr. Barker during your consultation. Once he has developed your treatment plan, it is easier to estimate your costs, which will include anesthesia fees, facility fees, and more. Breast reduction surgery often causes a dramatic improvement in all aspects of life, so our team will help you find low-interest medical financing to make your treatment easy to afford if needed.

Will my nipples be moved?

The nipples and areola will be shifted up to a central position on your breast mound during the surgery. Dr. Barker will choose an incision technique so the nipples and areolas are easily relocated to a more attractive, youthful-looking position. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areolas with areolaplasty (areola reduction). Your options will be discussed during your private consultation. Dr. Barker will help decide on the best treatment plan to achieve your goals.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. Although most women can still breastfeed after a surgical reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will interfere with breastfeeding. Dr. Barker will discuss in depth all potential risks and complications of breast reduction surgery with you during your consultation.

Can my breasts grow back after surgery?

Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts can get smaller or bigger with significant weight changes. This is why it is helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight that you can maintain before and after your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Barker will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you can do afterward to help make sure your results last.

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