Reduction


Breast ReductionBreast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)

Large, pendulous breasts may cause a woman to potentially experience various medical problems caused by the excessive weight of the breast tissue. Problems with posture, skeletal

deformities, back and neck pain, skin irritations and breathing problems are common with this condition. Bra straps often leave indentations in the shoulder area. Many women, especially teenage girls, are very self-conscious if they have unusually large breasts.

Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) removes fat, glandular tissue, and excessive skin, resulting in smaller, lighter and firmer breasts that are better-shaped in proportion to rest of the body.

Dr. Poulos specializes in surgeries of the breast and has performed hundreds of breast reduction procedures.  Her expertise allows her to utilize the latest surgical techniques, including limited incision, the LeJour method, and the use of liposculpture for artistic shaping of the breast.  Because of Dr. Poulos' advanced experience and skill, the use of drains is unnecessary for most patients. Advantages to her no-drain technique include more freedom of movement for the patient post-operatively, far less risk of infection, and no scarring from the drain holes. Depending upon your age and anatomy, she may utilize one or a combination of these techniques to achieve optimal results with the least amount of scarring.

Most patients plan to take one to two weeks away from work and other obligations to recover following breast reduction surgery. For the first few days, you will need help completing your daily activities. Gradually, you may ease back into your normal routine, although actions such as lifting your arms above your head, heavy lifting, or bending over should be restricted. Strenuous exercise must be avoided for six weeks.

The amount of tissue removed and the length of incisions can affect the healing time. The breasts may not settle into their final shape, size, and position for up to six months, although the initial results of the procedure will be apparent within a week or two. Following breast reduction, the breasts will appear smaller, lighter, and less droopy than before surgery. However, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can cause further changes in the size or appearance of the breasts.

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Breast Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease is quite possible with today's surgical procedures. The procedure is often covered by many HMO's after breast cancer surgery and legislation is currently before Congress to enact mandatory coverage. Using the newest medical techniques, a plastic surgeon is often able to create a breast that is similar in form and appearance to that of the natural breast. A consultation will provide you with information on the many available options for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

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Other Breast Procedures

  • Breast Implant Removal
  • Male Breast Reduction

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For additional information on breast reconstruction visit www.plasticsurgery.org

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Poulos and team. We are glad to help.

14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Tel: 1-877-377-6567
Tel: 1-508-393-4544

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