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Breast Reduction

Through breast reduction surgery, our Denver plastic surgeons help women from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and surrounding cities reduce the weight and size of overly large breasts and help alleviate the associated symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, and bra strap grooving. Because this procedure will lift the breast, the result is typically a smaller, more attractive breast.

The goal of breast reduction surgery is not only to relieve the patient of symptoms related to heavy breasts, but also to achieve the shape and size she desires. At The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Vath, and Dr. Steinwald are committed to creating aesthetically attractive breasts, not just smaller breasts.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Mommy Makeover Case 777 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #777

45 year-old woman who had breast fed 3 kids for 6-12 months each, now in a DD cup range (weight approximately 180 lb down from a maximum of 210lb), with an extensive "diastasis recti" stretching of the abdominal musculature, and signficant overlying stretch marks.She was treated in our outpatient surgical facility near Denver with... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 678 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #678

This 30 year old female presented to us after having 2 children (whom she breast fed) and chronic back and neck pain, including exacerbation of her scoliosis issues, from a 36DD bra size. She also wished to have her asymmetry addressed. It was recommended she undergo a moderate breast reduction during which the nipple would be signi... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 11291 Front View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11291

This is a 29 year old, 5'1", 126 pound woman who wanted to reduce her breast size to be more in proportion with her frame, as well as to achieve a more attractive breast shape and position. She underwent a breast reduction during which 290 grams of breast tissue was removed from her right breast, 293 grams from her left. After pho... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mommy Makeover Case 413 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #413

This is a 42 year old, 5'0", 200 pound woman who wanted to get rid of her tummy and hip rolls and reduce the size of her breasts.  She underwent a mommy makeover to include a breast reduction, an abdominoplasty, and liposuction to her hips. Her post-operative pictures are from 3.5 months after her surgery. Her scars will si... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 590 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #590

Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 535 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #535

This 32 year-old woman presented with symptomatic mammary hypertrophy characterized by upper and lower back pain, shoulder discomfort, and occasional headaches.  She also had had breast-fed 3 children, the youngest of which was approximately 11 months old.  She stated that she wore a 38F bra size.On physical exam sh... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 27 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #27

This is a 23 year old, 5'3", 145 pound female who underwent a breast reduction with a vertical scar and a medial pedicle.  500 grams were removed from each side, taking the patient from a "DD" to a "C".   Post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Breast Reduction Case 894 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #894

Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?

Breast reduction must be carefully individualized to each patient’s needs. A consultation with our surgeons, who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, to evaluate your breast exam and discuss your goals can best determine how well the procedure will work for you. Usually, women with large, heavy, pendulous breasts will benefit from a reduction procedure.

Will I have scars after a breast reduction?

There are several types of breast reduction procedures. The surgical option that is best for you depends upon your breast exam and goals. There is no way to reduce a breast without scarring. However, usually the scars are very well tolerated as a trade-off for smaller, perkier breasts. The scarring will be around the areola with a vertical component that extends down from the areola to the crease below the breast. No scars are ever made above the areola. Sometimes, an additional scar is necessary below the breast in the crease in order to give you the best contour possible.

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Am I a candidate for a minimal-scar breast reduction?

That depends upon your breast exam and measurements. Every attempt is made to limit scarring without compromising the ultimate shape and size of your breasts. A consultation with Dr. Steinwald, Dr. Vath, or Dr. Wolfe can help you better understand if this is a good procedure for you.

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What bra size will I be after a breast reduction?

It is imperative that you and your plastic surgeon understand one another regarding the size you wish to be. At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery, you will have an in depth discussion regarding your desired size with, Dr. Steinwald, Dr. Wolfe, or Dr. Vath so that you can have the aesthetic breasts that you want.

Is it an additional procedure to have a breast lift with a reduction?

No. Breast lift is an integral component of the breast reduction procedure and is included in the operative planning. The overwhelming majority of women who wish to have their breasts reduced also require a lifting of the breast tissue and nipples to achieve an attractive result.

Will a breast reduction affect my nipple sensation?

Some women actually have improved nipple sensation after a reduction, presumably due to reducing the stretch on the nerves that innervate the nipple. Infrequently, a patient may have reduced sensation after the procedure. The less tissue removed the less chance of being one of the few that has some sensory loss. Most women have no change from the procedure and their nipple sensation is kept intact.

Will a breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?

Most likely, breastfeeding will be possible after a breast reduction. A small percentage of women will have some difficulty. Every attempt is made to preserve as many milk ducts as possible to ensure the best chance of being able to nurse after a reduction.

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Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

Will my nipple have to be removed and replaced as a free nipple graft during a breast reduction?

There is no need to remove the nipple except in very rare, extreme situations. The nipple stays on the breast tissue and is moved up along with the breast mound and its blood supply. This gives you the best chance of preserving your sensation and contractility.

Where is breast reduction performed?

Breast reduction surgery is performed at Apex Surgical Facility – an AAAHC accredited operating facility where your safety is of the highest importance.

What kind of anesthesia is used for breast reduction?

General anesthesia is used to achieve sedation and pain control during a breast reduction. You will be asleep throughout the procedure and awaken comfortably in the recovery room. General anesthesia is extremely safe with an exceedingly low risk of associated complications.

What is breast reduction recovery like?

After a breast reduction, you may either recover at home, in an after-care facility with nurses, or in the hospital depending upon your needs. You will be walking the day of surgery with some discomfort and tightness in your chest. You will be given a supportive bra. Generally, people are off of pain medication after a few days and back to work within a week. At 3 weeks, low-impact exercise is permissible followed by unrestricted activity after 6 weeks.

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The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has two plastic surgery offices conveniently located in the Denver metropolitan area. One is located just outside of Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado, immediately off 6th Ave West and the other is located downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what breast reduction surgery can do for you. Simply call (303) 278-2600 or request a consultation using our online form.

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