About Breast Reduction Surgery
Excessively large breasts can cause physical and social problems for women. In addition, extremely large breasts can create issues with insecurity and embarrassment. Dr. Andre Y. Levesque is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Austin, TX who has helped countless women regain their confidence and enjoy the life they want as a result of their cosmetic breast reduction. This procedure at Levesque Plastic Surgery reduces excess breast tissue and skin to recontour the breasts to a size that better suits the body. It also reconstructs the size of the areolas and nipples and repositions them for an overall balanced look. In most cases, a breast lift is performed to provide women with a tighter, youthful appearance.
If you suffer from oversized breasts that interfere with daily life, a surgical breast reduction may be a good option to achieve the shape you want. This surgery is ideal for women who experience anxiety or are not able to lead an active life because of the heaviness of their breasts. If you also have ongoing skin irritations or back pain, this surgery can greatly diminish these annoyances. Should you wish to receive this surgery, it is important to maintain a steady weight so you do not risk altering your results. Selecting a skilled surgeon who understands your concerns and goals and has the training to produce a natural appearance is vital for the outcome of your surgery.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"I am so excited I saw Helen Klingensmith today! I am very picky about who touches my face and I haven’t seen anyone since Helen left Devenir Aesthetics. So I was ecstatic to learn she joined Dr. Andre Levesque’s plastic surgery office and I just got back from having Botox. As always, Helen was amazing. It didn’t hurt one bit (and I am not a fan of needles), always double checked where she was injecting and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. I am super excited to get rid of these wrinkles again! Thank you Helen – you are the best ever!"- J.K. / Google / May 29, 2019
"I've been to Helen many years for Botox/Dysport injections. Her extensive training overflows in her expertise far exceeding my expectations of beautiful, lasting results every single time. Her adorable personality is a bonus! And I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Dr. Levesque & his wife! Professional, kind & warm bedside manner. All & all a fantastic staff!!!"- C.B. / Yelp / May 13, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. As an RN of 26 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see many patient-physician interactions and his is by far above the typical personality and behaviors of many surgeons. In this day we have many choices out there, why not choose the best! I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires the use of general anesthesia. Your surgery will be performed at one of the accredited hospitals or surgical facilities where Dr. Levesque has full medical privileges. The time frame for the surgery is dependent upon a few factors, including the incision type, the overall surgical technique, and the amount of tissue removal needed. Nipple and areola repositioning is another factor that could play into the length of your procedure. Typically, liposuction is needed for tissue and fat reduction to decrease the breast size. At the time of the initial consult, all of these factors are discussed with Dr. Levesque beforehand so you know exactly what to expect. Potential scarring is also carefully discussed. However, modern methods have led to a significant decrease in the overall amount of scarring patients may have. Depending on the difficulty of the reduction, either an anchor or a vertical incision will be made. The breast tissue will be removed, and the surrounding tissue and skin will be pulled and lifted for a tauter appearance.
What to Expect
After surgery, our patients will be observed closely in a quiet, comfortable recovery room and then sent home to heal. A thin tube for draining will most likely be placed near the surgical site to assist with bleeding. A medical sports bra will be worn for several days to increase blood flow to the breasts during the initial healing period. Within about a month, the breasts will naturally settle into their new position and the post-operation effects will cease. Most of our patients at Levesque Plastic Surgery remark they feel much lighter and more confident following their surgery. After breast reduction, you will finally be able to buy the clothes you want and happily flaunt your new shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with Dr. Levesque during your consultation. Once he has developed your treatment plan, it will be easier to estimate your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more. Our team will help you find low-interest financing to make your treatment affordable. We can also work with your insurance company to see if they will cover some of your costs.
Will my insurance cover breast reduction?
In some cases, your health insurance may cover part of the cost of breast reduction surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. If you are considering using your insurance, tell Dr. Levesque so he can help with your claim. You should talk to your insurance company to find out if your policy may cover the surgery and what they need to approve it. Your insurance will most likely decide based on measurements like your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area to assess your need for a breast reduction.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipples and areola will be shifted to a higher position on the breast during surgery. If a large amount of tissue and skin is being removed, your nipple-areola complex may need to be relocated. Dr. Levesque will choose a technique like the anchor incision so the nipple and areola can be moved higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolatome. All of these options will be discussed during your consultation before Dr. Levesque helps you decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed. While some women may still be able to breastfeed after a reduction, some cannot. It is difficult to predict whether your surgery will cause you problems with breastfeeding. For this reason, Dr. Levesque recommends that patients be done having children when they choose to undergo this procedure.
Can my breasts re-grow after surgery?
After reduction surgery, your breasts can get bigger or smaller with significant weight changes. This is why it's helpful to be at a healthy, stable weight before your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will talk to you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery and what you should do afterward to ensure that you are happy with your results.
Smaller Breasts, Larger Life
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Levesque has helped countless women reclaim their health for a fuller life with cosmetic breast reduction. During your first visit at Levesque Plastic Surgery, Dr. Levesque will talk you through all of your options to reach your desired outcome and develop a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. You no longer have to continue living with the discomfort, inconvenience, and lack of confidence that can often accompany oversized breasts. We welcome you to call our cosmetic practice in Austin, TX to discover more about this exceptional breast reduction procedure.