Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. Dr. Katherine Birchenough is only the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine, and she is certified in peptide therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. At OptimalSelf MD, we breast reduction for women in Greeneville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and surrounding communities in South Carolina.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is recommended for women who feel self-conscious and embarrassed by their large breasts. While some women desire larger breasts, you may understand that larger is not always better. If your breasts are too big for your frame, you have to maneuver around them and even live with back, neck, and shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery helps with all of these issues. Take a look at our breast reduction before and after photos.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
At OptimalSelf MD, we understand that you want to feel good about yourself, yet cost may be a primary consideration. We recommend that you schedule a consultation as a first step. Phone consultations are complimentary, and we charge a fee for an in-office consultation. As part of the consultation, we explain your breast reduction surgery cost, and payment can be made by cash, check, and credit card. We also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon® to offer our patients financing options. Depending on patient expectations, symptoms, and the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed, this procedure may be covered by your health insurance.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Large breasts (macromastia) can cause pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, grooves on the top of the shoulders, skeletal deformities, and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is usually done to provide relief from these symptoms.
What Can I Expect During Breast Reduction?
Under general anesthesia, the typical two to three-hour procedure removes excess skin, fat and breast gland tissue to produce smaller, lighter breasts more proportional to the rest of the body. The breasts are also lifted on the chest wall and the nipple-areola is placed in a more youthful position. Typical incisions are made around the areola, from the new location of the nipple down to and within the crease under the breast. Dr. Shawn removes excess tissue, fat, and skin, then he relocates the nipple and areola higher on the chest wall, and reshapes the breast. All incisions are closed with multiple layers of stitches. Liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat from the side of the breast, under the armpit. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce the breast.
How Long Will It Take Me to Recover from Breast Reduction?
An elastic bandage or a surgical bra is worn for the first week after surgery. Occasionally, especially with a very large breast reduction, surgical drainage tubes for fluid removal may be placed in the breasts. Stitches come out in about a week and a snug bra (like a sports bra) must be worn for about four to six weeks to help with the shape, healing, and swelling. Walking can be done immediately. More strenuous (cardio) activity can usually start within two weeks. Arm exercises are limited for the first four weeks. Dr. Shawn follows his patients closely to individually recommend which activities can be resumed. Breast reduction scars typically fade in about 12 months.
Can I Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reduction?
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shawn. We offer complimentary 15-minute phone consultations and in-office consultations for a fee. You can ask Dr. Shawn any questions that you may have, such as:
- “How big will I be after breast reduction?”
- “Will insurance pay for breast reduction surgery?”
- “Can I breastfeed after my breasts are made smaller?”
OptimalSelf MD is the first center in South Carolina to offer plastic surgery, aesthetics, and wellness for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the nearby areas of South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your breast reduction options.