Breast Reduction



Breast Reduction Houston TX

Breasts that are too large and heavy may lead to physical complaints such as neck and upper back pain, rashes beneath the breasts, and bra grooves on the shoulders. Furthermore, many women with macromastia (abnormally large breasts) feel self-conscious when wearing certain types of clothing, and may be unable to comfortably engage in certain physical activities. Breast reduction – also referred to as reduction mammoplasty – is a cosmetic surgery procedure that resizes and reshapes the female breasts in order to alleviate the symptoms of macromastia. Your plastic surgeon will work to remove excess tissue while sculpting the breasts in order to achieve a rounded, full, natural and beautiful appearance. Most women who need and receive a breast reduction report an astounding boost in self confidence and an improved quality of life.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers reduction breast surgery to patients in his Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. The surgeon’s goal is to give women the breast shape and size they desire. 

Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different women are unique and goes out of his way to create a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired breast reduction goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Is Breast Reduction for me?

Breast reduction – also referred to as reduction mammoplasty – is a surgical procedure to alleviate physical and functional symptoms caused by overly large and heavy breasts. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • Your breasts cause back or shoulder pain
  • You have nipples and areola that appear overly large
  • You want breasts that are smaller and more manageable
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

When you visit Dr. Arroyo’s Houston office, he will listen to your concerns, examine your breasts, and let you know whether this procedure is right for you. If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask that you quit at least 4 weeks before undergoing this procedure.

Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Houston

During your first breast reduction plastic surgery consultation in Houston, Dr. Arroyo will carefully review your medical history to ascertain that you are in good shape to undergo this procedure. Detailed measurements of your breasts will be taken, and the surgeon will also evaluate your skin quality and nipple positioning. Once Dr. Arroyo has all the necessary information, he will discuss a customized treatment plan to meet your goals. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you in real time what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. This initial consultation visit is very important not only to create your breast reduction surgery road map but also to get all your questions answered. Make sure to clearly discuss your expectations with the surgeon, as well as gain insight into the recovery process.

Dr. Arroyo’s unique sedation method

During a breast reduction procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his breast reduction patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Procedure Approach

During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Arroyo and his anesthesia team will administer intravenous sedation to keep the patient comfortable throughout the procedure. The surgeon will create a small incision that resembles an anchor or inverted keyhole going from the nipple down to the breast crease. A combination of liposuction and directly removing the breast tissue will be used to get rid of excess fat from the breast, and loose skin will be tightened. Dr. Arroyo pays great attention to breast symmetry and nipple positioning when performing this procedure. Once the desired change has been achieved, the surgeon will close incisions and place bandages on the treatment area. This surgery takes about 1-3 hours to complete (for each breast). Because breast reduction is considered to be an outpatient procedure, the majority of patients are able to go home on the same day as the surgery for recovery.

Recovery after Breast Reduction in Houston, Texas

Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and a surgical bra or elastic bandage. The gauze is removed after a few days, but you will need to continue wearing the surgical bra/bandage for at least a week. Most patients experience swelling and soreness for several weeks to months as their breasts heal. Dr. Arroyo will provide pain medication to help alleviate discomfort during recovery. You will be able to resume your regular daily routine after about 10 days. However, heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. The majority of breast reduction patients are able to resume driving in 1-2 weeks and work in 2-3 weeks.

Plan Your Procedure
in Houston, Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs breast reduction surgery in his AAAASF certified in-office operating room, supported by a highly qualified nursing and anesthesia staff. The cost of breast reduction surgery in Houston varies depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed, as well as the patient’s aesthetic goals. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $5,000 and $10,000 for this treatment. Insurance companies may cover part or all of the costs of breast reduction surgery if the patient is experiencing physical problems such as neck pain, skin problems, and back pain. Dr. Arroyo can take the necessary measurements and gather the information required by your insurer before surgery. Make sure to set aside at least 2 weeks from work so you can focus on recovery. It is also important that you arrange for a trusted friend, family member, or acquaintance to drive you home after this plastic surgery and help out with chores for a day or two.

Breast Reduction FAQ

What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction can help alleviate physical and emotional symptoms of macromastia such as shoulder strain, back and neck pain, skin irritation and infection, poor posture, shortness of breath, social embarrassment, difficulty finding clothing that fits correctly, and low self-confidence. During your breast reduction in West Houston TX, Dr. Arroyo will utilize advanced surgical methods to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome while minimizing the risk of side effects.

Will there be scarring?

Scars are an inevitable consequence of any surgical procedure where an incision is made into the skin. Following your reduction surgery consultation, Dr. Arroyo will determine and discuss with you using a state of the art virtual tool, the best incision pattern to use in order to minimize scarring. Furthermore, the surgeon takes extra care to conceal any resulting scars in areas where they are hardly visible.

What is the short scar procedure?

Short scar reduction mammoplasty is a minimal procedure that is typically performed when the amount of breast tissue to be removed is not massive. Dr. Arroyo will determine the best possible surgical procedure to suit your needs following your initial plastic surgery consultation at his office.

Will my breasts grow large again?

Breast reduction is considered to be a permanent solution for addressing excessively large breasts. However, keep in mind that if you become pregnant or gain weight, this can negatively impact the outcome of this surgery. Dr. Arroyo recommends that you adhere to a healthy diet and exercise regimen in order to maintain the results of this procedure.

Will reduction mammoplasty improve nipple sensation?

The weight of large breasts can stretch nerves and lead to diminished nipple sensation. Sometimes, reduction mammoplasty can help improve this lost sensation. Make sure to discuss any nipple sensation concerns you may have with Dr. Arroyo well before the surgery.