Dr. Summers of Maryland Plastic Surgery Center is celebrated by Annapolis and Baltimore breast reduction patients for his renowned surgical skills and expertise. Dr. Summers has perfected a Minimal Incision Breast Reduction procedure, which enables even moderately large breasts to be reduced in size and lifted using only an incision around the areola. In fact, breast reduction patients throughout Maryland (including Townson, Lutherville, Columbia, Owing Mills, Howard County, and Ellicott City breast reduction patients) exclusively seek Dr. Summers for his experience with minimally invasive breast reduction procedures.
Dr. Summers believes breast reduction is an intricate procedure that requires aesthetic judgment, surgical skill, and extensive medical training. Considered by many to be a Maryland breast reduction specialist, Dr. Summers describes the breast reduction procedure below.
Breast Reduction Introduction
Large breasts can cause physical pain as well as emotional and social anxiety. A breast reduction procedure improves the proportions of the breasts to the rest of the body by reshaping the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Summers has helped Baltimore and Annapolis breast reduction patients improve their figures and their self-confidence.
The breast reduction procedure can provide relief from physical symptoms such as back, neck, and shoulder pain and relieve rashes beneath the breasts caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Following breast reduction, the size and weight of the breasts no longer interfere with physical activity, and clothes fit better with a wider choice of styles. Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Breast Reduction Goals
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts.
- Sagging breasts produced by their large size.
- Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts.
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size/weight of the breasts.
- Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Techniques for breast reduction vary. In the United States, the most common breast reduction procedure involves an incision around the areola, down the center of the lower breast, and under the natural curve of the breast. However, when possible, Dr. Summers uses alternate incisions to minimize the length of the scars. After the incisions are made, excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, eliminating the presence of any scars on the breast. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Breast reduction results in an immediate body-image change. Patients are typically pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than once. However, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
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Please note that each patient is personally responsible for pre-paying the full cost of the procedure prior to the day of surgery even if insurance reimbursement is expected.
The reimbursed amount should be paid directly to you by your insurance company. If we receive any payment from your insurance company, we will forward the full amount to you.
The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure. For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed. This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain. In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure. The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.
Maryland Plastic Surgery is Maryland’s premiere cosmetic surgery center and medical spa. The Center’s director, Dr. Adam Summers, is an expert cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced techniques to achieve natural looking results. Just 15 minutes from Baltimore, Howard County (Columbia) and Annapolis, the Center specializes in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. © Baltimore Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and Medical Spa.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. The bandages are removed the day after surgery and patients are instructed to wear a bra 24-hours daily for the next week. The bra may be removed for showers. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery that is typically relieved by ibuprofen. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
Breast Reduction Cost
Breast reduction surgery typically costs between $3,000 – $7,000 at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. The variability in price reflects the different breast reduction techniques which Dr. Summers utilizes – the specific technique which will be used for your breast reduction will be discussed at the time of your evaluation.
The fees include all the following: facility fee at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, anesthesia with a board-certified anesthesiologist, surgeon’s fee, and all office visits.
The only other expenses you will incur are pharmacy related for prescription medications (antibiotics and pain medication) and laboratory related for routine blood tests prior to your breast reduction surgery. Patients who are over 40 years of age or who have pre-existing medical conditions will also need to have a medical clearance, which includes an EKG and additional blood tests.
In addition to performing breast reduction, Dr. Summers offers other breast procedures at his cosmetic surgery practice. Please visit these pages to learn about how Dr. Summers helps Baltimore breast augmentation, breast lift and male breast reduction patients.