BREAST REDUCTION in FRANKFURT – GERMANY
Breast reduction, also called reduction mammaplasty, will reduce the size of your breast, and lift your breast. Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery seek relief of their long-standing symptoms related to their large and heavy breasts. Not only are patients affected by their shoulder and back pain, they are often limited in their physical, daily, and social activities, even not feeling confident when they are with their partners. A breast reduction procedure, will make your breasts more proportionate to your body, improving your appearance, while also alleviating the emotional and physical load of large, heavy breasts.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST REDUCTION?
You are probably a good candidate for a breast reduction procedure, if one or more of the following situations apply to you:
- you have a long history of shoulder, neck, or back pain – not related to other degenerative diseases and persisting despite physical therapy
- recurrent rashes /eczema in the area of your breast fold
- your nipples are pointing downwards, below the breast fold
- the majority of your breast volume is below your breast fold
- one breast is much larger than the other one
- you are self-conscious about the large size of your breasts
A breast reduction will lift and reduce excess glandular tissue, breast fat, and excess skin to achieve a breast size and shape that is in proportion with your body, alleviating discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction contact the Frankfurt office of Dr Bianca Knoll to set up your consultation.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT BREAST REDUCTION TECHNIQUES?
There are different breast reduction techniques similiar to the breast lifting techniques , like the inverted T shape techniques, multiple vertical scar methods, and circumareolar techniques. Although each of these surgical techniques have their indication, Dr Bianca Knoll prefers a vertical breast reduction technique (modified superior pedicle, or superiomedial pedicle breast reduction technique after Elizabeth Hall-Findlay) that will result in a natural, beautiful, round shaped breast mound.
It is the goal of Dr Bianca Knoll to conduct the most effective, with the least amount of scaring, breast reduction technique, that is also safe and leads to the desired improvements in breast size and shape. Dr Knoll aims to limit the visibility of scars resulting from your breast reduction as much as possible. Although the incisions will be closed tediously and precise, the incisions still might be noticeable depending on the individual healing. In some patients, unsatisfactory scar formations require further treatments or revisions.
WHAT TO EXPECT UNDERGOING A BREAST REDUCTION
A breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about 3-4 hours. Most of Dr Bianca Knoll’s breast reduction techniques require no drains, and can be either performed safely in an ambulatory setting or with one overnight stay in the hospital. Depending on your general health, and your personal comfort, an overnight stay in the hospital might be preferred.
After your breast reduction you will have some swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides within the following weeks. During that time Dr Knoll and her team will see you regularly in her Frankfurt office to accompany you during the wound healing process. Although most patients do not describe their post-operative course as very painful, you will be limited in your physical activities during your immediate post-operative period to ensure adequate wound healing. The success of a breast reduction procedure is clearly dependent on the meticulous planning, a patient’s realistic expectations and compliance, aesthetic sense of your surgeon, and skilled surgical performance of your surgery.
Dr Knoll and her team will be happy to provide you with further information about your breast reduction procedure and answer your questions during your consultation in our office.
BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY
A breast reduction is not described by our patients as very painful. Most of our patients describe more a burning or pulling sensation after their breast reduction procedure. Many patients immediately feel the relief of the removed weight off of their shoulders. During your post-operative recovery you will wear a support bra for about 6 weeks, and you will see Dr Knoll in her Frankfurt office regularly for dressing changes and check ups. The vast majority of our breast reduction patients will undergo their surgery without using any drains. Initially the breasts will be swollen and bruised.The amount of bruising and swelling may vary from patient to patient, but Dr Knoll’s office will provide you with helpful pre and post-operative care information to allow you an optimal recovery. Dr Bianca Knoll and her staff will have your best interest at heart, and will do everything they can do to have your surgery go well, and your recovery proceed smoothly, safely and with the least amount of discomfort possible.
We are happy to provide you with further information about your breast reduction and answer your questions during your consultation in Dr Bianca Knoll’s office.
BREAST REDUCTION COSTS
The costs of a breast reduction may vary depending on the complexity, surgical technique used, length of the procedure and the details involved. Usually there are 3 different costs associated with surgery: the surgeon’s fee, hospital fee, and anesthesia fee.
Dr Bianca Knoll’s office in Frankfurt will provide you with a detailed cost proposal including all these 3 different costs after your consultation. In some cases a breast reduction procedure might be covered full or partially by your health care insurance. The best thing to do is to come in to see Dr Knoll for a consultation. You will be thoroughly examined and provided with all the information you will need to make an informed decision. You will also receive further information about any type of pre-operative testing required and additional information about your procedure. If you wish to have additional information or would like to schedule a consultation please contact the office of Dr Bianca Knoll, we will be happy to assist you.
We understand that it can be impartial for some of our out of town/ international patients to travel to Frankfurt for an initial consultation. For this reason, Dr. Knoll offers online consultations. By submitting a series of photographs, information about your desired outcome, and a little about yourself, we can start to determine if you are a good candidate. Though a virtual consultation starts the conversation, it does have it’s limitations and does not replace the need to be seen in person for a traditional consultation to finalize plans for a procedure.