Breast Reduction

Many women seek cosmetic surgery to enhance their chest size; yet, a balanced and pleasing look may need a breast reduction procedure. A breast reduction (mammoplasty) can alleviate years of physical pain, self-consciousness and fatigue.

Large and heavy breasts can produce strain in the back, neck, shoulders, legs and hips, as well as skin irritation from clothing and bras. They can also limit participation in athletic activities, or make it uncomfortable to play with children or pets. Many women are genetically predisposed to have large cup sizes, which means diet and exercise may have little effect. For all these reasons, breast reduction surgery remains one of the most practical and popular solutions.

Breast Reduction Consultation

Clients regard Dr. Peter Capizzi as the breast reduction surgeon in North Carolina. His outstanding surgical skill and eye for detail lends patients newfound freedom, levity and relief. Within the Capizzi MD office, each woman can explore her options and make the right choices for her goals and lifestyle.

During your appointment, Dr. Capizzi will listen to your concerns, take your measurements, and review your records and photos. After a thorough discussion, he will be able to recommend the best options for your goals.

Sometimes he will suggest a breast lift along with a breast reduction. Childbirth, breastfeeding, age or weight fluctuations can often result in significant sagging and a lift gives patients the results they desire.

What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?

Dr. Capizzi will perform the best type of procedure for your body after carefully considering your cup size, medical health and goals. He will ensure that the breasts are perfectly proportioned and the surrounding skin is taut and smooth. Breast reduction takes approximately two hours.

The most common method of breast reduction is to create an incision shaped like an upside-down ‘T’ or anchor. This incision runs from the areola down to the crease and along the natural curve of the breast. The doctor will then remove excess fatty tissue, and begin the process of repositioning the nipple and areola. These are carefully corrected to preserve symmetry and parity, safeguard breast sensation, and to create a pleasing outcome.

Before & After

Take a gander at Dr. Capizzi’s before and after photos, giving you a visual representation of his stunning results.

Other Mammoplasty Techniques

Dr. Capizzi may also consider the LeJour (short-scar), Hall-Findlay, and SPAIR, which eliminate the incision at the crease. Another option is the circumareolar and crease procedure, which eliminates the vertical incision. The doctor sometimes recommends liposuction to trim fatty underarm tissue. This additional treatment can help improve the contour and attractiveness of the breasts.

Preparing For Surgery

It’s important to prepare for your procedure to achieve the best results and speed up healing. Here is a short checklist for you to follow:

  • Stop the use of creams or lotions on the areas of your body near the surgery site (breasts, shoulders, neck etc)
  • Choose a friend or family member as a designated driver on the day of your procedure. You will not be able to drive yourself home after exposure to anesthesia
  • Choose clothing that is loose and comfortable, preferably a button-down blouse or sweater.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Although recovery will vary, Dr. Capizzi’s breast reduction patients are usually overjoyed with their results immediately following the surgery. The doctor and his exemplary team will tailor your recovery plan to your lifestyle, your outcomes and your wishes. It is advisable to rest for the first few days, avoiding any strain or lifting and engaging only in light activity. Drains are rarely used but if they are, they are removed at your follow up appointment. Stitches will dissolve in 30 days. After surgery, you may experience some tenderness or lack of sensitivity in the nipple. This is normal and almost always temporary. Sensation will return in a matter of weeks. Dr. Capizzi and his staff are on hand to guide you through the entire recovery process, ensuring your complete comfort and peace of mind.

Patient Stories

Having been through the Capizzi experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.