Having a larger bust size isn’t always beautiful or glamorous. In reality, many women cannot enjoy an active lifestyle due to their large breasts. Issues include back, neck, and shoulder pain, trouble sleeping at night, discomfort during exercise, and a lack of confidence in social situations due to bust size.
Dr. Ryan Couvillion is an experienced Houston, TX, plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breasts, body, face, and skin. At Luminary Plastic Surgery, Dr. Couvillion provides a solution in the form of breast reduction surgery. Also called reduction mammoplasty, this procedure reduces the overall size of the breasts and gives patients a pleasing contour. Breast reduction takes away the strain of having large or heavy breasts for a sleeker, younger-looking body that fits comfortably in bathing suits, sports bras, and form-fitting clothes. Start the process by calling our Houston-area practice and scheduling a consultation to discuss your needs.
Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery removes excess tissue and skin to make the breasts smaller and lighter. The procedure also works to improve breast symmetry and proportion. In the surgery, some underlying breast tissue is removed and a lift is performed to reposition the remaining tissue for a higher, fuller final result. A lift raises the breasts by tightening the surrounding tissue DELETE. The great news is that a breast reduction and lift procedure are performed at the same time at Luminary Plastic Surgery.
During your private consultation, Dr. Couvillion will give you information about reduction mammoplasty and let you know what to expect. Ideal candidates are patients who are in good general health and can maintain a healthy, stable weight following surgery. It also helps when women have realistic expectations about the results of their reduction. As a skilled physician in Houston, TX, Dr. Couvillion will take the time to listen to your aesthetic goals to produce the most natural outcome possible.
About breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction is performed as an outpatient treatment while under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery is based on several factors, including the incision method and degree of reduction. For some patients, we may use a liposuction technique to remove excess fat in the area. Enlarged areolas can be reduced during the same procedure to match the appearance of your new breasts. Dr. Couvillion makes planned, careful incisions to decrease the visibility of scarring on the breasts. Once we remove the tissue, the remaining skin will be lifted and tightened.
When the reduction mammoplasty is finished, patients are released to go home with a trusted family member or friend. Luminary Plastic Surgery will provide you with a compression bra or garment to wear for several days to support the breasts and make you feel more comfortable during the healing process. In about a month, the post-surgery effects will subside, allowing you to see your results more clearly. During follow-up appointments with Dr. Couvillion, he will let you know when you can resume your daily activities and exercise.
Breast Reduction Surgery FAQs
What cup size should I get?
Before surgery, try to get a clear picture of how your breasts will change. After breast reduction, your bust will have a different shape and size as well as position on your chest. At your first appointment, you will discuss your desired breast size after an assessment with Dr. Couvillion. He will give you his best estimate of your new size, but the goal is to give you breasts that are proportional to your frame, not necessarily a specific cup size.
Will my breasts grow back after surgery?
Luminary Plastic Surgery recommends that patients be at or near their goal weight before surgery. This is because your results can change due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. You can always return to our facility in the future if the outcome of your breast reduction and lift changes over time.
Will I be able to breastfeed after reduction?
It is difficult to predict whether patients would be able to breastfeed without undergoing breast surgery. For the majority of patients, breast tissue remains connected to the nipple, so breast feeding should be possible. Though some patients may be able to breastfeed after reduction surgery, others cannot. We understand that this knowledge can be difficult, so we encourage you to share your breastfeeding concerns with our staff so that we may address them.
What happens to my nipples during surgery?
After removing excess tissue and skin to reshape the breasts, we may reduce the size of the nipples so they look natural. During reduction mammoplasty, the areola is also reduced and repositioned to match your new bust. Dr. Couvillion will use an incision technique that works best for your unique situation.
How much does breast reduction cost?
You should remember that with any surgery, there are physical, emotional, and financial costs. It’s important to consider each of these costs carefully before undergoing any medical procedure. If you have questions about finances, your breast reduction cost can be reviewed by the team at Luminary Plastic Surgery during your consultation. We can help you find low-interest financing to help make treatment easy to afford. Our staff will also speak with your insurance provider to determine if your policy will cover some of the expenses if the surgery is deemed medically necessary. Some insurance plans do not cover breast reduction surgery, so we recommend that patients call their insurance provider and confirm it is a covered benefit.
Breast reduction with Dr. Couvillion
Luminary Plastic Surgery offers advanced aesthetic plastic surgery options so women can reach their desired cosmetic goals. Dr. Ryan Couvillion uses modern techniques to provide effective treatments in a welcoming environment. We invite you to learn more about breast reduction and lift surgery in Houston, TX. If you have questions about breast reduction cost or surgery, reach out to our facility today to schedule your consultation.