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Breast Reduction Northern Virginia

Looking for a breast reduction in Northern Virginia?

Our patients experience a variety of benefits from undergoing a breast reduction procedure, from improving aesthetic concerns to alleviating physical strains.

As such, it’s no surprise that breast reductions have a 97% “worth it” rating on RealSelf from previous patients.

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Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery both lifts and reduces the weight of the breasts and in some cases it may help to alleviate patients of many problems that can come from having large breasts such as neck back and shoulder pain. The American Society of Plastic Surgery explains that many patients’ biggest regret is not having had the procedure performed sooner due to the vast benefits of the surgery. However, Dr. Tattelbaum understands that choosing to undergo a breast reduction procedure is a big decision for his patients and advises that all patients spend time considering their needs and researching the procedure. 

Reasons for undergoing Breast Reduction Surgery 

Breast reduction procedures are often life-changing for patients as they can have both medical and aesthetic benefits. This is why a breast reduction procedure has a 97% worth it rating on RealSelf by previous patients who have undergone the surgery.

Medical Reasons 

  • Reduce back pain
  • Reduce the chance of rashes or infections developing 
  • Reduce shoulder and neck pain
  • The ability to exercise more comfortably
  • Improve posture

Aesthetic Reasons 

  • Have greater flexibility with what clothing can be worn
  • Increase confidence
  • Desire a more proportional figure 

Who is a Suitable Breast Reduction Candidate?

During your consultation, Dr. Tattelbaum will ensure that all patients are suitable candidates for the procedure they wish to undergo. Some factors that can make you a good breast reduction candidate include:

  • Being in good physical health
  • Have large breasts that they want to be reduced
  • Have one larger breast and desire a symmetrical reduction
  • Suffer from chronic back, shoulder or neck pain
  • Have infections or rashes develop under the breasts
  • Can struggle to exercise due to breasts size
  • Do not smoke

What are the different Types of Breast Reduction Techniques? 

There are multiple breast reduction techniques that can be performed depending on a patient’s initial breast size and the extent of reduction they desire. The type of technique performed will affect the placement of the incision lines and the resulting scars from the surgery. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery list the various types of breast reduction techniques as including:

Vertical Breast Reduction – this technique tends to be more suitable for patients who require a moderate reduction. The incision lines are created around the areola and then run directly down to the bottom of the breast in a straight vertical line. However, this technique can be used for smaller reductions only.

Inverted-T Breast Reduction– this the most common breast reduction technique that creates incision lines around the areola and directly downwards, like the vertical technique, but then forms an additional incision under the breasts. This allows for more of the breast tissue, fat and skin to be removed for a more significant breast reduction and better skin tightening. 

Liposuction Breast Reduction – liposuction can be used in select cases. It uses a cannula to vacuum fat deposits from the body and so can be used to reduce breast size for patients who have a high volume of fat in their breasts. 

Additionally, some patients may require a free nipple graft if they have very large breasts and desire a significant reduction. This is not necessary for most patients and will be discussed with you during your consultation if Dr. Tattelbaum believes it will be necessary for your procedure. The free nipple graft is performed by removing the nipple from the breast and repositioning it to a more suitable position on the reduced breast. 

How is a Breast Reduction Performed?

Breast reductions are performed under a general anesthesia and the first stage of the procedure is the creation of the incision lines on the breast. The exact placement of these lines will depend on the surgical breast reduction technique being used and Dr. Tattelbaum will show you these during your consultation. From the incision lines, breast tissue, fat and skin can be removed from the breasts to reduce their size to the desired extent. Generally, a breast reduction procedure takes around two and a half hours to be performed, but the exact time will depend on the size of a patient’s breast and the surgical technique being used. 

After the surgery, the breasts will take time to heal and end up in their final position. The six months following surgery will be when the breast takes on its final shape, which is referred to as the settling process.

Breast Reduction Scars 

Any surgical breast reduction procedure will result in scarring but the specific surgical technique performed will determine the incision lines and therefore, the resulting scarring. Since the incision lines will be explained during consultation, all patients will know the scar locations. However, the specific extent of each patient’s scarring can be hard to predict as some patients will heal better and their scars will fade more than others as a result of their genetics. Despite this, scars will never fully fade and are an unavoidable aspect of the procedure. 

How much is a Breast Reduction in Northern Virginia?

It has become increasingly challenging to have health insurance plans cover the cost of breast reduction procedures. Some health plans may offer coverage for breast reduction surgery based upon the amount of tissue to be removed and a medical criteria. Dr. Tattelbaum’s office can help to explore this for you.

Additionally many patients elect to have this surgery as a cosmetic procedure when they do not qualify for insurance coverage.

For a breast reduction in Northern Virginia, we charge
$8,900 plus a pathology fee (for cosmetic breast reduction only).

For more information on the cost of other cosmetic procedures and surgeries available you can view our fees page

Potential Risks

Undergoing surgery always comes with a small risk of potential complications or issues. The potential risks of undergoing a breast reduction procedure tend to include: 

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Nipple sensation loss
  • Skin loss

Breast Reduction Before and After

Above is a 53 year old woman, before and after a breast reduction. About two and a half pounds of tissue were removed.

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If you are considering a breast reduction procedure and feel you would benefit from undergoing surgery, it is still essential to perform significant research into all aspects of the procedure.

All patients in Northern Virginia looking for a breast reduction should then ensure they see a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has significant experience in performing reductions.

Contact us to book a consultation with Dr. Tattelbaum, a Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who provides all his patients with expert and honest advice. 

Directions from Northern Virginia to our Rockville Office

Get on 1-66 W in Arlington from Lincoln Ave and Fairfax Dr

  • Head north-east on N Virginia Ave towards Great Falls St (0.1 mi)

  • Turn left onto Great Falls St (0.1 mi)

  • Sharp right onto Lincoln Ave (0.3 mi)

  • Continue onto Fairfax Dr (0.4 mi)

  • Use the left lane to turn left onto Langston Blvd

  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Washington Blvd (0.2 mi)

  • Use the left 2 lanes to take the slip road onto I-66 W (0.2 mi)

Take VA-267 W, I-495 N and I-270 Spur N to Tower Oaks Blvd in North Bethesda. Take exit 4 from I-270 N

  • Merge onto I-66 W (Toll road) (1.0 mi)

  • Keep right at the fork to continue on VA-267 W, follow signs for Dulles Arpt/I-495 N/Baltimore (2.1 mi)

  • Use the right lane to take the VA-267 W exit towards I-495 (0.2 mi)

  • Continue onto VA-267 W (0.5 mi)

  • Take exit 18 to merge onto I-495 N towards Baltimore (6.7 mi)

  • Keep left at the fork to continue on I-270 Spur N, follow signs for I-270 (2.1 mi)

  • Merge onto I-270 N (0.9 mi)

  • Take exit 4 for I-270/Montrose Road (0.2 mi)

  • Keep right to continue on Exit 4A (0.5 mi),  follow signs for Tower Oaks Blvd

Continue on Tower Oaks Blvd to your destination in Rockville

  • Turn right onto Tower Oaks Blvd (0.2 mi)

  • Turn right

    A Word From The Doctor

    Welcome to my new and updated website. I hope you find it not only better than my old one, but different from the many others you may be looking at.

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