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For some women, large breasts might be prized for their aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, as you age the profile of your breasts can change. This can gradually start to affect your posture and potentially lead to chronic back problems.

In many of these cases, Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis might recommend a breast reduction to assist your body and ease your back or shoulder pain.

This surgical procedure involves removing a moderate amount of skin and excess breast tissue to reduce the overall weight and size of your breasts. This will also serve to tighten the breasts and raise your bust line.

Thoughtful preparation and quality aftercare are important to a quick recovery after a breast reduction. If possible, you should try to take at least a full week off from work or two weeks from strenuous activities.

Be sure to tell Dr. Togba or Dr. Ellis about any medical conditions or medications that might increase your bleeding risk. You might also need to stop taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications before and after the breast reduction surgery.

You will need to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight during the evening before the breast reduction. Wearing loose fitting clothes on the day of the surgery will help make it easier to move and get dressed afterward.

You will need to be fully sedated throughout the breast reduction. After spending time in recovery with your nurse, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you the first night. It would also be helpful to have someone help out around the house for a few days after the breast reduction, so you can focus on your recovery.

In some cases, your doctor might insert a small plastic drainage tube under your skin to help release any minor fluid and postoperative bleeding.  If so, they will explain to you how to properly care for it. Drains are usually removed within 3 – 5 days after your procedure.

If you are in the East bay or Oakland, CA, area and you are contemplating a breast reduction, you should call 888-811-4829 to set up a consultation with the team today.