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One of Dr. Subbio’s most common procedures, his breast reduction patients are some of his happiest.

Women can suffer for years from the strain caused by weight on their upper and lower backs. They suffer from rashes in their breast folds, bra-straps cutting into their skin, limitation in exercise, and even headaches caused by the constant weight of the breasts.

An expert in reshaping the breast through breast reduction Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Subbio tailors each procedure specifically to the patient. The scars are generally well-tolerated and fade with time, and women find their lives transformed and able to enjoy their day pain-free. Come in today and find out if this life-changing operation is right for you.

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure from Dr. Subbio that reduces the size and reshapes the breasts to achieve a more proportionate and balanced appearance. While it is considered a cosmetic procedure, it can also considered to be a necessary procedure for women who suffer from hypermastia (overly large breasts). This procedure involves removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to alleviate physical discomfort, improve posture, and enhance the overall aesthetic of the breasts by sculpting them to better suit your body frame and lifestyle. Breast reduction can significantly improve the quality of life and self-confidence.

Since overly large breasts make it difficult to be physically active, those requesting breast reduction typically tend to be heavier but ultimately can have body types of all sizes. A breast reduction can do wonders in your daily life, helping alleviate symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, back pain, and skin irritation under the breast. In addition to improving their general comfort, it is not uncommon for many of these patients to lose weight as physical activity becomes much more manageable after the breast reduction procedure. Dr. Subbio offers female breast reduction surgery as well as gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction).


How Do I Know If I a Breast Reduction Is Right for Me?

If you suffer from any of the following issues due to large, heavy breasts, a breast reduction might be a good choice for you:

  • Back, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Poor posture
  • Self-consciousness about your breasts
  • Difficulty finding properly fitting clothes
  • Difficulty with physical activities
Dr. Christian Subbio, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Philadelphia

The Breast Reduction Procedure

While incisions vary, an anchor pattern is used most of the time. This includes an incision around the darker skin of the areolas, vertically from the bottom of the areolas to the bottom of the breasts, and horizontally along the breast crease. For some patients, it is possible to eliminate the horizontal incision. This is called a “lollipop” pattern. You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain.

Dr. Subbio then removes excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue to reduce the breasts and lift them. If necessary, the areolas are made smaller in order to match the new breast size. The nipples and areolas are also repositioned.

Procedure: Reduce the size of the breasts. Removes excess tissue.
Length: 3 to 4 hours.
Anesthesia: General
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Results: Long-lasting/permanent.

All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. Most of our Philadelphia breast reduction patients find that the discomfort after the procedures is less than they expected, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easy as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time if you have questions.


Recovery After Breast Reduction

You can expect some swelling, bruising, tenderness, itching, numbness, and a feeling of tightness for a week or two. 100% of the swelling will take a few months to fully resolve. Sutures will either dissolve on their own, or we’ll remove them about a week after your surgery.

Some patients may have drains placed in the incisions. These are removed in a few days during a follow-up appointment. You will need to wear a special support bra and sleep on your back for a few weeks. Most women go back to work within a week after their breast reduction, as long as their job is not physically demanding. We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise for about 6 weeks.

Down Time Chart

Back to work: 1-2 weeks
Physical contact with breasts: 3-4 weeks
No upper body exercising or strenuous activity: 3-4 weeks
Fading of scars: Several months to a year

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In our office, you will be treated like a part of our family. It’s a relaxing, pressure-free haven where you can feel comfortable to ask all of your questions. We think you’ll sense immediately that we care as much about your safety and your beautiful results as you do. Contact us today for a consultation, and find out why Dr. Subbio has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and skilled plastic surgeons in Philadelphia.

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