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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

Seeking Breast Reduction Surgery in NYC?

A large, voluptuous bust is often viewed as the epitome of youthful beauty. However, for many women, having large breasts can actually be a negative experience, and overly large breasts can bring problems that affect a woman in her everyday life. Chronic pain, posture problems, and even difficulty in finding well-fitting clothes can all cause problems for women trying to live their lives.

Dr. Taranow is highly experienced in performing breast reduction surgeries for patients looking to decrease the size of their breasts. With this procedure, women can remove the stresses of living with large breasts and regain a positive quality of life.

Patients Can Experience…

A Decrease in Chronic Pain

Large breasts can throw off the proportion and weight distribution of the body, which can cause the body to overcompensate with other areas. Back, neck, and shoulder pain are common in women with extremely large breasts. Women may experience bra straps that dig into their shoulders due to the weight of the breasts they are supporting, which can leave painful indentations (shoulder notching). Breast reduction surgery will alleviate the extra weight and restore the body’s natural proportions.

Improved Posture

Overly large breasts can shift the curve of the spine and lead to posture problems. The added weight of larger breasts can pull the shoulders forward or otherwise out of alignment, which can cause unseen problems with spine alignment and muscles (and even in other areas of the body) as the body compensates for the added strain. A breast reduction will help restore a woman’s ability to sit and stand better, which can help restore the body’s natural posture.

Better Clothing Options

Bras and clothing that fit well around extremely large breasts can be very difficult to find. For breasts to be supported sufficiently, larger bras are necessary, and these are not always easily found in stores. Finding the correct bra sizes may even require custom orders, and this can get expensive. Additionally, there are not many options for those bras, so women are left with few choices. Finding tops that fit over large breasts can also be challenging. A breast reduction can help put the body back in proportion, which will help increase the availability of supportive bras and tops that fit well.

Improved Confidence Levels

Many women see their breasts as an essential piece of them and their appearance. When their breasts are the root of physical problems, however, women can become disheartened, and this can lead to lower confidence levels. By undergoing breast reduction surgery, the breasts will be decreased to a size that is more proportional to their body. By addressing the appearance of the breasts, women can significantly increase their confidence levels.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The technique Dr. Taranow uses depends on the size of the breasts and the amount of glandular tissue and fat that need to be removed. Additionally, the type of incision used will depend on several factors.

Anchor Incision

This is the standard incision technique, and it is the most appropriate one for women with extremely large breasts. Dr. Taranow makes the incision around the areola and continues it down the front of the breast. The incision then runs across the crease of the breast (the inframammary fold). After skin, fat, and tissue are removed, Dr. Taranow will raise the position of the nipple and areola to match the newly reduced breast size.

Vertical Incision

This is a newer technique and is appropriate for moderately large breasts. The incision is made around the areola and vertically down the front of the breast, forming a lollipop shape. After the excess tissue and fat are removed, Dr. Taranow reshapes the breasts.

Before & After

Breast Reduction Recovery

Soreness, swelling, and bruising are typical post-surgery; however, this will subside within a week or so. A compression garment may be necessary to not only minimize these effects but also decrease the chances of other risks associated with the surgical procedure. Dr. Taranow can prescribe medication to manage pain and discomfort.

It’s common for patients to return to work after one week depending on the type of job held. Patients can resume light daily activities after a week, but more strenuous activities should be avoided until Dr. Taranow clears the patient (typically after three or four weeks). Dr. Taranow provides post-operative instructions, and following these instructions will help the site heal better and enhance the positive outcome. The use of silicone sheeting has greatly reduced the scars associated with breast reduction procedures.

Breast Reduction Results

The results of breast reduction surgery are apparent immediately after surgery. Once breast tissue has been removed, the breasts will be a much smaller size. However, the final results will not be completely visible, as swelling, bruising, and wearing the compression garment will affect the appearance of the breasts. Once the swelling and bruising subside, though, the final size and shape will become clear.

To best enhance the results of a breast reduction, it’s vital to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Taranow. In addition, living a healthy lifestyle with a varied diet and consistent exercise will help you maintain the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are in good health and non-smokers. They are also experiencing chronic pain in their back, neck, and shoulders. Patients must also have realistic expectations regarding their procedure. Dr. Taranow will review your medical history and the condition of your breasts during your consultation.

Can I combine my breast reduction procedure with other surgeries?

Breast reduction surgery can be combined with breast lift surgery to lift and reshape your new breast to an aesthetically pleasing position.

Are there any risks or side effects involved with breast reduction surgery?

As with most procedures, there are some risks involved with breast reduction surgery. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor healing
  • Changes in skin or nipple sensation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring