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Breast Reduction Fast Facts

Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez.Patients with big breasts often develop back pain due to the weight of their breast. Patients undergoing a breast reduction at ReNova Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA, will have smaller and lighter breasts while achieving a youthful look.

  • The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and it is usually completed in 2 to 3 hours.
  • The usual recovery time is one to two weeks.

Trust your breast reduction procedure to the best-reviewed plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh.

*Results can vary for each individual

*Results can vary for each individual

*Results can vary for each individual

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is the reshaping of the breast, by removing excess breast tissue.

How and where is the surgery done?

The breast lift procedure is done in an accredited AAAASF and state-certified facility. It is done under general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is about two and a half to three hours. It is done as an outpatient procedure.

Do I need to have drains?

YES. We might need to leave drains to prevent fluid accumulation.

How is the post-op recovery?

Following your procedure, you should plan for the following:

  • 1-2 week off from work if non-physical
  • No driving while taking narcotic medication
  • No drains in the majority of cases
  • Swelling for 1-2 weeks
  • Bruising for 1-2 weeks
  • Exercise: resume activities at 2-3 weeks, and back to normal at 6 weeks
  • Follow-up appointments after: one week, 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year

What complications could occur?

When doing a breast lift, some of the potential complications related to the procedure are:

  • Infection (<1%)
  • Bleeding (<1%)
  • Scars
  • Asymmetry
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