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
"Helen is simply the best and a total doll! I have been seeing her for over 12 years now for dysport injections and not only is it painless, I come out flawless every time!"- A.R. / Google / Jul 01, 2020
"Lipo Arms, Upper back, bra rolls, upper chest,abdomen,inner thighs - I've had some lipo done before which had a positive impact on my actual body shape( lower ab/ flanks). I lose and gain weight often due to depression so i've been working on it. This time, when I gained weight it looks went to my upper body is a serious way. Also i've gained visceral fat in my upper abdomen that can only be reduced by diet and exercise, so that's my current task . In the meantime , i've grown tired or this heavier weight up top so i've been researching doctors for a few months around Texas. I also had consults with surgeons in Atlanta and Miami . I was attracted to those flashier doctors at first because they do really aggressive lipo and I feel like I need aggressive especially since i've had some lipo before. That means there will be scar tissue in some areas that will be tougher to maneuver. I'm not interested in a BBL or fat transfer. I'm never going to be a skinny person nor am I gym rat often enough to build and maintain a 6 pack and perfect toned arms and legs. I'm not saying it's impossible but it is improbable. I'm realistic about my expectations with lipo so I know that once this procedure is done , i still have work to do in order to get the upper abs to flatten. In any case , I decided against the Miami doctors because I saw a lot of stories online about women dying on the operating table from various missteps of the surgeons. Of course I know not all Miami doctors are bad but I saw enough. The Miami price are very cheap and tempting. I saw a lot of reviews about women saying they felt like they were in an assembly line and the doctors just rush and bring people in and out. I wanted to save money but not for that much additional risk . Elective surgery is a risk all together-but why add on more risk unnecessarily. So I started to look at smaller boutique surgery centers and found several in my own city which is Austin Texas. From start to finish I had 8 consults. I decided on Dr. Levesque here in Austin and he has a fairly small operation with privileges at a local surgery center. He offers liposuction under general or local- depending on how much work you want and if you want to be fully under . I felt a great vibe from the staff and the prices were fair and I was able to choose general because I didn't want local based on a prior scary experience with a bad doctor. I know i'm the type who needs to just be put under. Of course there are extra costs to go to the surgery center and for an anesthesiologist. Small price to pay for my sanity and surgeons can be more aggressive while you're under and the results tend to be better . The downside( in my opinion) is that the recovery is harder when you go under general because the doctor can just go to town on you pretty forcefully so you're sore. My surgery is tomorrow- May 15th. I'm nervous but I've been in this process before so i'm fully prepared , lol or I think I am. I'm getting lipo to my back, arms, bra roll, inner thighs and some touch up on the abs."- T. / RealSelf / May 15, 2020
"What a joy to work with Helen Klingensmith! Helen has been my preferred provider for Dysport for many years and I’m so pleased to be connected with her through Levesque Plastic Surgery. Her bedside manner is unprecedented...she is very thorough and always explains what to expect and is very compassionate. Her technique is unrivaled — I have NEVER even had so much as a pinpoint bruise. I highly respect Helen and recommend her without hesitation."- G.R. / Google / Jul 12, 2019
"Dr. Levesque and his staff are the best you will ever find, as health care professionals and as people. I will miss visiting with them, now that the jaw reconstruction is complete."- M.M. / Yelp / Jul 09, 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.