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Achieve Comfort and Balance with Breast Reduction Surgery

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Some women with overly large breasts experience a series of related health issues, such as neck and back pain, or feel self-conscious about their appearance. To address these concerns, Dr. Dennis Hurwitz offers breast reduction procedures at our Pittsburgh, PA, office. By alleviating symptoms and achieving the body image that makes you more comfortable, you can enjoy activities that were once too difficult or painful. During your consultation with Dr. Hurwitz, he will discuss various options and further explain the details of the surgery, recovery, and results.*

During Your Consultation

In the initial consultation you will discuss your concerns, goals, and options. At this time, Dr. Hurwitz will explain the various breast reduction techniques, such as traditional, vertical (keyhole), and circular methods.

If large breasts have become obtrusive or painful, making it difficult to enjoy more physical activities or impacting your confidence, Dr. Hurwitz can help you achieve your desired goals.

Based on your specific body type and amount of excess tissue, Dr. Hurwitz will offer his expert opinion and recommend the technique that he believes will yield the very best results. We will also review post-surgical care, your recovery timeline, potential risks and complications, and answer any questions or concerns you have.

The Procedure

The entire breast reduction procedure typically requires about two hours of surgery, performed under general anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable throughout. The general steps involved will be the same for each breast reduction.

Creating the Incisions

Depending on the type of technique discussed during the consultation, your surgeon will strategically make the proper incisions. Traditionally, incisions are made around the areola, vertically down the breast, and horizontally along the underside of the crease. However, other techniques may be used, depending on the patient’s needs.

Reducing Excess Tissue

The doctor will precisely remove excess skin and fat. In some cases, liposuction can remove stubborn or isolated pockets of fat. 

Adjusting Nipple Placement

Depending on the amount of fatty tissue and excess skin that is removed, the nipple may need to be placed higher up on the breast for a natural, youthful look. By adjusting the placement of the nipple and areola, Dr. Hurwitz can create proper balance and symmetry.*

Closing the Incisions

Once the reduction is complete, your incisions will be closed using sutures or surgical tape. The doctor will then apply sterile dressings and a surgical bra to facilitate healing.

Recovery Timeline

Immediately following the surgery, it is normal to feel groggy, sore, and fatigued. You will need someone to escort you home since you will be unable to drive. 

During the next few days, it is recommended to avoid any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting and exercise. Patients should also refrain from smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Although recovery time will vary, most patients can return to work after 10 days to two weeks, permitting their job is not too physically strenuous. In the following weeks, and with the approval of Dr. Hurwitz, patients can gradually return to more physical activities, moderate exercise, and other daily tasks.

Learn More About Breast Reduction

If your large breasts have become obtrusive or painful, making it difficult to enjoy physical activities or compromising your confidence, Dr. Hurwitz can help you achieve your desired goals. To learn more about the procedure and your candidacy, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.*

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I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.* Jill's Story

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