What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery in Pittsburgh or reduction mammoplasty in Pittsburgh is a procedure that Dr. Lorelei Grunwaldt has performed hundreds of times on teens and adults. Breast reduction surgery corrects abnormal enlargement of the breasts, gigantomastia, and drooping or sagging of the breasts. Dr. Grunwaldt reduces and lifts the breasts such that they will be in proportion to your body. The procedure involves the removal of skin, glandular breast tissue, and fatty tissue allowing females to achieve a smaller bust size. It also involves making the areola, or pigmented tissue around the nipple, smaller.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Dr. Grunwaldt will ensure that you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery during your consultation with her. You must be in good health and have persistent concerns that your breasts are too large. Many patients with macromastia or large breasts have neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, bra strap grooving, and rashes under or in-between the breasts. Also, many young adults and women have poor self-esteem because of the inability to participate in sports, poor posture, and inability to wear certain clothes and bathing suits.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

After your breast reduction surgery by Dr. Grunwaldt, the breasts will have a special dressing on them and you will wear a cotton bra that does not have an underwire. You will be able to shower as early as one day after surgery. Dr. Grunwaldt does not use drains after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Grunwaldt will prescribe pain medicine and may give you antibiotics. After breast reduction surgery, the breasts will be swollen and bruised. They will often feel sensitive. It is normal to be sore and tired for the first few days after the breast reduction procedure. Dr. Grunwaldt will follow you closely to ensure you are healing well.

It is important to not lift more than 2.5 pounds for six weeks after breast reduction surgery. Also, patients will be asked to avoid contact sports for six weeks after breast reduction surgery.

Breast reduction surgery by Dr. Grunwaldt will give you the confidence to wear the clothes you want to wear and participate in the activities you want to do. Dr. Grunwaldt has found that that breast reduction surgery in teens can be life-changing and can give them the confidence to be the best that they can be.

Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

As a surgery that Dr. Grunwaldt has performed hundreds of times, breast reduction surgery patients can rest assured that Dr. Grunwaldt takes certain precautions and safety measures before completing your surgery. Although Dr. Grunwaldt does everything to prevent complications, patients must understand that there are certain risks and complications inherent in this surgery.

One risk of breast reduction surgery is scarring. Although many patients will have scars that are difficult to see, some patients may have more noticeable scars. Bleeding is uncommon but can occur after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Grunwaldt will take special steps to ensure the lowest possible risk of bleeding. Patients who are taking blood-thinning medications need to let Dr. Grunwaldt know prior to surgery.

Another risk of breast reduction surgery is infection. Dr. Grunwaldt has a less than 1% infection risk. All breast reduction surgery patients will be on a short course of antibiotics after surgery to minimize this risk even more.

Although there are risks with breast reduction surgery, Dr. Grunwaldt will ensure they are as low as they can possibly be. Breast reduction surgery can have many benefits, and the minimal risk involved is often worth it once patients see the final result from surgery.