Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Why are breast reduction procedures needed?

Large, pendulous breasts may cause women to potentially experience serious 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 even if they are padded.  In some cases, the bra strap pressure begins to cut off the shoulder nerves and cause tingling in the fingers and numbing of the arms.  Many women, especially teenage girls and or a male with large breasts, are very self-conscious if they have unusually large breasts.

Often, women just learn to live with adverse impacts of large breasts. Even though a portion of breast tissue is made of fatty tissue, in some cases, women have tried to gain weight so that their chest with large breasts look more proportionate to the rest of their body. Unfortunately, the bad news is that losing weight often does not result in smaller breasts regardless of the weight loss. Many women feel like they have to gain weight in order to have the rest of their body remain in proportion to their breasts. Compounding this problem, large breasted women know that large breasts impede their ability to do weekly exercise. Other issues associated with over-large breasts are worst in the summer and include rashes and difficulty breathing when lying back.

The back pain caused by very large breasts, usually between the shoulder blades, can have more serious implications. Women have reported that they have developed a little hump or hunch back from having to lean backward to balance their large breasts. Other adverse symptoms include neck pain and migraine headaches. Physical therapy, acupuncture, and exercise like Yoga and Pilates typically only provides a temporary respite as do various over-the-counter analgesics like ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Alleve) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

The only permanent solution to these problems is breast reduction surgery. It is a safe and proven way to improve the lives of women with too-large breasts.

 Call Dr. Morris Ritz’s office or Contact Us to arrange a private consultation for breast reduction surgery options and learn about Dr. Morris Ritz’s views that he has developed after decades of experience.

Who is a good breast reduction candidate?

The first step is to develop a solid understanding of the issues and options you have surrounding a decision to proceed with surgery to reduce breast size. Second, get a breast exam with Dr Saber to set a base line for any future steps. Then, consult with Dr. Morris Ritz M.D., one of the board certified plastic surgeons by the American Board of Plastic Surgery at his location, to understand the results of you breast exam, review any issues that may become identified (or not) and then, look at the options you may have for different breast reduction procedures. Of course, women who are concerned with the life style and health impact of carrying the weight associated with tissues in large breasts will be most interested in understanding their options and should consult with doctors.

Each patient has their own breast reduction issues and options to consider and Dr. Morris Ritz is well qualified and experienced in helping you to evaluate your alternatives. This way Dr. Morris Ritz and the Denver breast reduction candidate can make sure they have a solid common understanding of the desired breast size and shape that the breast reduction procedure is designed to produce.

 Call or Contact Usto arrange a meeting with Dr. Morris Ritz and find out if Breast Reduction is best for you.

What does the breast reduction procedure involve?

Breast reduction surgery is designed with two complementary goals in mind. The first is to take away the discomfort and adverse medical implications associated with breast that are too heavy. The second goal is to create breasts with the desired size and shape.  Board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr William S. Saber has vast experience safely delivering beautiful, attractive breasts that are a healthy size and shape.

Breast reduction procedures for removes fat, glandular tissue, and excessive skin. The result of breast reduction surgery is smaller, lighter and firmer breasts that are better-shaped in proportion to the rest of your body.  The benefits associated with decreased weight helps resolve related issues including neck and back pain. Breast reduction procedures typically lift the breast tissue and nipples up and this “breast lift” results in smaller and very much more desirable breasts.

In breast reduction surgery, general anesthesia is required for the necessary sedation and pain control during major surgery. Patients sleep during the procedure and do not wake up awaken until they are in the recovery room. While general anesthesia is considered safe because of  the rare incidence of associated complications, working with a highly experienced, board certified surgeon like Dr. Morris Ritz makes sense to prepare for those unlikely, but sometimes difficult situations.

While there is a range of breast reduction procedures, all of them result is some scarring. Women who elect breast reduction surgery do so to gain the health and appearance benefits from the weight reduction associated with new smaller yet firmer breasts. As may be seen in the before and after pictures, scarring may be expected around the areola and a vertical line from the bottom of the areola to the fold found at the bottom of each breast. Dr. Morris Ritz will never create scarring above the areola so that more revealing clothing may be worn without concern. In some cases, to optimize the new breasts shape and contour, another scar is needed underneath the breast crease. The size and type of scarring are some of the important decisions breast reduction candidates must make.

In most cases, there will be no change in nipple sensation due to the breast reduction procedure. In fact, many breast reduction patients report improved nipple sensation. This typically happy effect is likely the result of decreased stress on the nipple nerves.  There are cases; however, where patients have reported reduced nipple sensation after breast reduction procedure. Logic and experience tells Dr. Morris Ritz that the more tissue removed, the higher the chance of some loss of nipple sensitivity.

Similarly, Dr. Morris Ritz works to preserve the majority of the patient’s milk ducts to increase the chances of retaining the ability too nurse after a breast reduction procedure.  While some women who elect the liposuction breast reduction procedure are happy to not be able to nurse, there is the chance that some women who wish to will have a problem.

How long is the recovery period?

Breast reduction candidates must carefully consider how fast they think they will recover from surgery when compared with “average” experience.  For example, younger physically fit patients are likely to recover more quickly than older, less physically fit candidates.  Recovery facility options range from at home, to a variety of facilities designed to accommodate post-operative recovery to staying in the hospital. Most patients are able to walk the same day that the surgery takes place if they can tolerate the associated discomfort. Patients are supplied with a special bra while recovering. The “average” patient experience is that people can tolerate the discomfort of the healing process without pain medications after three to five days and then get back to work, assuming work does not involve much physical activity. The “average” patient can begin low-impact exercise in about three weeks and normal activity after six weeks.  Be sure to make realistic plans to accommodate the recovery period you can expect given your personal circumstances.

Where is the breast reduction surgery performed?

Denver breast reduction surgery is delivered by Colorado’s premier plastic surgery office: the practice of William L. Saber M.D., F.A.C.S. Dr. Morris Ritz’s practice resides at the new Lutheran Medical Plaza at 3455 Lutheran Parkway, Suite #220, Wheat Ridge, Co 80033. This beautiful state-of-the-art hospital is just minutes west of Metro Denver.

Dr. Morris Ritz’s patients may take advantage of a luxurious environment that boasts a state-of-the-art, out patient surgical facility right next to our office. Our patients receive complete care to ensure that the experience is smooth and comfortable.

As part of the Exempla Physician Network – Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Morris Ritz delivers superior service including board-certified anesthesiologists and oncologists. Dr. Morris Ritz is a founding memberof (breast disease team at Exemple)

Patient Observations (Paraphrased):

•    I feel like a weight has been taken off my shoulders
•    I can rest, breathe and exercise much better than before surgery
•    It’s great to go to a regular store to buy my bras instead of specialty stores
•    Breast reduction surgery works really well.
•    My smaller breasts look better and even tilt up.
•    I’m very happy I made the decision to have breast reduction surgery

Selected Additional Services by Dr. Morris Ritz:
•    Breast augmentation, implants, reconstruction, nipple reduction
•    Male breast reduction (gynecomastia)
•    Tummy tuck and mommy makeover
•    Face lift
•    Body Contouring
•    Rhinoplasty
•    Botox
•    Laser skin enhancement
•    Option to reduce surgical scar

Need additional information? – Mr Morris Ritz