Breast reduction is a common procedure typically used to alleviate symptoms of large breasts. Women with macromastia or gigantomastia (terms for enlarged breast tissue) often experience a variety of painful symptoms such as neck, back, and shoulder pain and are unable to participate in activities such as running and other exercises. Breast reduction is also an option for men with gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts.
This procedure can reduce the size of your breasts, giving you a more proportionate figure and eliminating the pain and skin irritation. However, the breast surgeon you choose is an important step in the breast reduction process, which is why our board-certified plastic surgeons suggest asking these questions to ensure you get the best care and great results.
1. Is He or She Board-Certified by the ABPS?
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) has certified nearly 10,000 physicians since 1937. This certification requires our doctors to complete additional education and training. They must take written and oral exams, and there’s a 10-year limit to ensure board-certified plastic surgeons continue to stay up to date on emerging techniques and technologies. Whether or not a physician is ABPS-certified is often reflected on their website.
2. How Much Experience Does He or She Have in Breast Reduction?
When you come in for your initial consultation at Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh or with any plastic surgery office, you’ll want to come equipped with a list of questions. How many breast reduction procedures have they performed? Is breast surgery their specialty? How can you prepare for surgery and recovery? Our plastic surgeons have years of experience in breast reduction and other breast procedures and believe in providing a customized approach as each patient is unique.
3. Do They Provide Patient Reviews and Before and After Galleries?
Many plastic surgeons provide breast reduction before and after photos and patient testimonials so you can get a glimpse of your potentials results and hear firsthand experiences. We rely on reviews for many products in life and plastic surgery is no exception. If you still have concerns after seeing their gallery and listening to patient reviews, ask if you can speak with a former patient as well.
These are just a few questions to consider when you choose a breast surgeon for your breast reduction. Your comfort level with the physician and plastic surgery office is another aspect to think about. You want to make sure you choose someone you feel comfortable asking questions throughout the process as you’ll interact with him or her and their office for at least several months.
Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Raleigh
If you’re interested in breast reduction, please contact Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh today at (919) 785-0505 to schedule your initial consultation. Our plastic surgeons are all board-certified and have years of experience in breast surgery. We provide face, breast, and body procedures and treatments to patients in surrounding North Carolina areas including Cary.