Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction in Montclair, NJ with Dr. Caroline Szpalski

Large breasts can be burdensome, creating stress, fatigue, physical pain and discomfort, and emotional distress that may cause a negative self-image. Breast reduction surgery helps reduce the unwanted side effects of living with large breasts. Reducing the size of large breasts can help restore a healthier body image, rejuvenate your figure, and help you reclaim your confidence.

You have a vision for your body, and fellowship-trained female plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Szpalski and her team want to help you achieve it. Together, they will help you develop a customized breast rejuvenation plan to accomplish your aesthetic goals and improve your overall quality of life, making her your choice as one of the best breast reduction surgeons in the tri-state area of NJ.

Contact us today at (646) 777-0170 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today! We are located in Glen Ridge, NJ and proudly serve patients in the Montclair, Bloomfield, Clifton, The Oranges, Paramus, and Franklin’s Lakes areas.

What Is a New Jersey Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and weight of large breasts, provide lift, and enhance the position and size of the nipples and areolas. During this procedure, Dr. Szpalski will remove excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue. She will then reshape the remaining tissues into smaller, perkier, and proportionately sized breasts.

Breast reduction surgery helps reduce physical discomfort associated with the weight of large breasts, and it also helps relieve the emotional distress many women endure.

Breast reduction aims to deliver natural-looking, proportionate results, and it offers benefits like:

  • Reduced neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Increased energy and stamina for physical activities
  • Less skin irritation or chafing beneath the breasts
  • Significant shoulder indentations
  • Reduced breast sagging
  • Renewed self-image and increased self-confidence
  • Improved overall figure with enhanced clothing options

Why Choose Dr. Caroline Szpalski as Your NJ Breast Reduction Provider

Female plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Szpalski was fellowship-trained in microsurgery and experienced some of the most complex cases in the world at MD Anderson. Dr. Szpalski, who was born into a family of caregivers, knew from an early age she wanted to become a surgeon. Growing up in Africa and Europe, Dr. Szpalski’s unique ethnic and multicultural upbringing offers her a distinct perception of beauty, identity, color, and culture. As such, she brings this unique perspective to her plastic surgery patients.

As a busy surgeon, wife, mother, and New Yorker, Dr. Szpalski understands the diverse challenges many of her patients face. 

As a woman, she knows how breasts can take an important place in a woman’s life and overall well-being. Ever since she graduated from fellowship, Dr. Szpalski has been performing multiple breast reductions per week and has seen how life-changing the procedure is for her patients.

With a less is more philosophy, Dr. Szpalski tailors her approach to each patient’s needs with meticulous detailing to provide natural-looking, long-lasting results for a sense of timeless elegance.

Your NJ Breast Reduction Consultation with Dr. Szpalski

Patient consultations are essential to Dr. Szpalski’s practice. During each consultation, Dr. Szpalski identifies your goals and realistic expectations to determine she is the right surgeon for you. Dr. Szpalski understands that seeing a plastic surgeon is an exciting time for many patients, but she knows it can also cause anxiety or apprehension. For this reason, Dr. Szpalski provides a warm, welcoming, nonjudgmental environment, making it safe to share your concerns.

With remarkable honesty and compassion, Dr. Szpalski loves answering patient questions and thoroughly explaining their procedures. Dr. Szpalski wants each patient to feel empowered while making choices about their cosmetic procedures by educating patients about possible complications, risks, and outcomes. As Dr. Szpalski is focused on providing her patients with exemplary care, she will only perform surgery if she feels it is the correct procedure or will be able to provide the expected results.

Communication is essential and key to a successful outcome. During your breast reduction consultation, Dr. Szpalski will evaluate your medical history, overall health, and conduct a physical examination, including:

  • Current breast size and shape
  • Desired breast size and shape
  • Quality of breast tissue and skin
  • Allergies or medical conditions
  • Previous surgeries or medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, and supplements
  • Current mammogram results
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Family history of macromastia (medical term for breast hypertrophy)

Meet Caroline Szpalski, MD

Female Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey

Rediscover your identity with the help of Dr. Caroline Szpalski, a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon in New Jersey. With a unique multicultural upbringing and a European flair, Dr. Szpalski crafts elegant sophistication into every natural-looking patient transformation. Dr. Szpalski takes a less-is-more approach to plastic surgery to help patients maintain and appreciate their unique appearance and cultural beauty. No matter your aesthetic goals, start your journey toward a more confident you by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Szpalski and her expert team today!

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Breast Reduction in NJ ?

Large breasts can cause pain, discomfort, or emotional distress. Patients concerned about large breasts may find physical relief from breast reduction and an enhanced overall figure. Breast reduction allows patients to take charge of their overall health and become comfortable in their skin again.

Patients should wait at least a year after pregnancy and at least six months after completing breastfeeding before considering breast reduction surgery. 

Candidates interested in breast reduction should: 

  • Be in good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
  • Not smoke, or be willing to quit at least six weeks prior to and after surgery
  • Be finished having children and breastfeeding
  • Be at a healthy, stable weight for at least six months
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Understand the surgical risks and benefits

Preparing for Breast Reduction in New Jersey

Before breast reduction, being in good physical and mental health is essential. While each breast reduction will be unique, here is some general information to help you prepare.

  • Before surgery is not a good time to diet. You should be at a stable weight and avoid crash dieting or weight fluctuations. Stick to a consistent exercise regimen and well-rounded diet.
  • Proper nutrition supports a successful recovery. Eat healthy, balanced meals with plenty of proteins to optimize results and recovery.
  • Stay well-hydrated before and after your procedure.
  • If recommended, see your primary physician for a full examination and appropriate testing, such as blood work or a mammogram, to ensure you are medically fit for surgery.
  • For two weeks before and after surgery, refrain from specific medications, vitamins, and supplements that increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.
  • If you currently smoke, vape, or use nicotine products, you must quit. Patients should stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery and until recovery is complete. All patients must take a nicotine test before surgery and six-week pre-op and post-op visits. 
  • Prepare your home and schedule for recovery. Take time off work, purchase necessary supplies, fill pain medication prescriptions, freeze meals for easy preparation, or arrange a comfortable place to rest.
  • Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home from your procedure and assist you with household management or childcare.

Breast Reduction in New Jersey Procedure Overview

Dr. Szpalski performs all breast rejuvenation procedures in fully accredited facilities at Freedom Surgical Center, St. Joseph’s Health University Medical Center, or Hudson Regional Hospital. On the day of your breast reduction, you’ll arrive approximately 2 hours before your scheduled surgery to meet with Dr. Szpalski and your anesthesia provider. Dr. Szpalski will review your surgery details and answer any final questions you have.

Dr. Szpalski will determine the appropriate technique based on your anatomical needs during your consultation. Dr. Szpalski will remove excess skin, breast tissue, and fat. At this point, Dr. Szpalski will reposition the nipples to a more pleasing location and reduce the areola size, if necessary. After removing the tissues, Dr. Szpalski will place deep sutures within the breast tissue to support the smaller breast contour. All the tissue that is removed is sent to pathology to be analyzed. Results can be expected in 5 to 7 business days in most institutions. You will be placed in a surgical bra at the end of the procedure. Depending on the size of the tissue excision, you might wake up with drains (tubes) to help prevent fluid collection. (one per breast) They usually stay a few days to a week and can be pulled into the office.  Breast reduction surgery can last two to four hours, depending on the procedures included.

Breast Reduction Recovery in New Jersey

Generally, breast reduction surgeries are outpatient procedures, so you will need someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

Following breast reduction, incision sites will be sutured and dressed. You may also be fitted with a surgical or support bra to minimize swelling and support your new contours. You may need to wear a support bra for at least three to four weeks. After your procedure, you should expect swelling, bruising, tenderness, or numbness. You may not shower if you have drains, but once removed, you can shower.

Breast reduction recovery time depends upon the extent of the procedure. Most patients need approximately one to two weeks off work for the initial recovery. During this time, getting plenty of rest and avoiding strenuous activities like exercise and heavy lifting for at least four weeks is essential. Instead, take short walks to promote circulation and healing. It is recommended to get up every two hours while awake.

During recovery, it’s important to ask for assistance completing tasks, especially if you have young children, pets, or others you care for.

Timeless Elegance

How Soon Will I See My NJ Breast Reduction Results?

Immediately following surgery, some breast reduction patients may notice dramatic enhancements to their overall figure. However, patients should expect swelling and bruising that may temporarily obscure their results. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it may take three to six months for residual swelling to subside, revealing full aesthetic results.

While breast reduction permanently removes excess skin, breast tissue, and fat, gaining weight (or pregnancies) can cause fat to accumulate in the breasts, increasing their size and upsetting your results. You’ll experience long-lasting results from breast reduction surgery by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine and thoroughly following all post-operative instructions.

How Much Does a Montclair Breast Reduction Cost?

Breast reduction procedures are highly customizable with different techniques based on your anatomical needs, so the cost varies by patient. During your consultation, Dr. Szpalski will determine the scope of your procedure and your breast reduction cost.

Transform Your Figure with Breast Reduction in New Jersey!

Relieve your discomfort and pain associated with large breasts while you renew your confidence when you partner with one of the best breast reduction surgeons in Montclair, NJ—Dr. Caroline Szpalski! Searching for breast reduction near me? Learn about breast reduction in Glen Ridge, NJ, by calling (646) 777-0170 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation today!

Glen Ridge, NJ Breast Reduction FAQs

Breast reduction surgery is often covered by health insurance plans, but Dr. Szpalski will need to get approval from your insurance company. This process may involve submitting a letter and photos as well as various documentation, such as a letter from your physical therapist, chiropractor, or PCP, to establish medical necessity. Once the authorization is granted, you can proceed with scheduling the surgery, but keep in mind that you will still be responsible for any copayments or deductibles set by your insurance. If your insurance does not cover the procedure, you will have the option to pay for it out of pocket.

If your breast reduction is not covered by your insurance, the price will depend on your body and breast size. Some breast reduction takes 2 hours while others will take over 3 hours, and this will have an impact on the cost of the procedure.

Yes. Losing weight has no risk factors after getting a breast reduction. However, it is vital to understand that fatty tissue deposits make most of your breast, not glandular tissue. Consequently, weight loss through exercise and diet will reduce the size of your breasts. Gaining weight might increase the size of the breast, and a second reduction mammoplasty may be necessary to reduce the breast more. Like any plastic surgery procedure, weight changes after the procedure significantly affect the results of the procedure, and it is recommended to maintain a healthy, stable weight.

In short: Yes, it is possible for someone who has had a breast reduction to breastfeed. However, there are some risks and caveats to consider before undergoing breast reduction surgery. Namely, breast reduction surgery can result in decreased milk production and nipple sensitivity.

Most surgeons do not dictate or require a particular size to qualify you as a candidate for breast reduction. The most vital factor they consider is if the breast size causes you mental and physical health problems.

Experts recommend that patients hold off getting a breast reduction if they are still planning to have children or lose weight. You will experience hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy. As a result, your breast size will increase. You may need a follow-up surgery if you get a breast reduction before finishing getting children to achieve the proportions and contour you desire. Gaining weight might increase the size of the breast and a second reduction mammoplasty may be necessary to reduce the breast more. Like any plastic surgery procedure, weight changes after the procedure significantly affect the results of the procedure, and it is recommended to maintain a healthy, stable weight.

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