Breast reduction patients often say their procedure has significantly improved their lives and enhanced their self-esteem. Many say they waited too long to have the procedure. Dr. Gus Galante performs breast reduction to help Indiana women who experience back, shoulder and neck pain because of their overly large breasts. This procedure can also relieve the physical restrictions, clothing issues and unwanted attention often associated with excessive breast size.
If you live in or near Northwest Indiana and breast reduction might help you, request a complimentary consultationrequest a complimentary consultation online, or schedule an appointment at Dr. Galante's Schererville or Valparaiso office by calling (800) 721-3244.
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Talking it Over
During your consultation, you can ask questions and discuss your goals and concerns with complete confidentiality. Dr. Galante will explain all of your options for surgery and possible outcomes. To help communicate your goals, you may want to bring pictures of breast sizes and shapes you like.
In some cases, health insurance may pay for all or part of your breast reduction surgery. Check with your insurance carrier prior to your consultation to determine coverage, and find out what documentation they require.
You will be under general anesthesia, so you will sleep through your surgery. Dr. Galante normally performs breast reduction as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day. However, you will need someone to drive you home and care for you for the first few days.
During the procedure, Dr. Galante removes excess skin, fat and tissue from the breasts. He also repositions the nipples and, if desired, reduces the size of the areolas (the darker skin surrounding the nipples). He then reshapes the breasts to make them physically smaller yet natural looking.
- Dr. Galante will also perform a breast lift along with your breast reduction. To only correct issues such as sagging and skin laxity with minimal to no removal of breast tissue, he may recommend a breast lift instead of a reduction procedure.
- For answers to some common questions about cosmetic procedures, review our FAQs page.
After Your Breast Reduction Procedure
After surgery, you will have stitches and possibly drainage tubes to remove any excess fluids. Your breasts will be bandaged for support and to protect the incisions. You will receive detailed instructions about keeping the incisions clean, and the stitches will be removed within the first week.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery is usually less painful than most women expect. This is because the nerves and skin at the surgery site have been stretched considerably for a long time, which makes them less sensitive. You will be sore for a few days, and you can manage any discomfort with prescribed medication. You can resume light activities after a few days, depending on your level of soreness.