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Breast Reduction Fort Worth & Southlake

Breast Reduction Information and FAQs as provided by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Heistein

Breast augmentation involving implants is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Jonathan Heistein.

For most, breast reduction surgery is aimed at reducing the volume of the breast to alleviate such ailments as neck and back pain, shoulder pain and rashes beneath the breasts. For others, it is a way to better fit into their clothes and improve self confidence. Either way, reduction patients are some of the most satisfied patients in plastic surgery.

As with the breast lift, a breast reduction may use either a lolly-pop incision or, more commonly, an anchor incision. Occasionally, breast reduction may be performed with liposuction alone. Recovery is about 2 weeks.

I have very large breasts and I suffer from back and shoulder pain. How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

The best candidates for breast reduction are women who are in good overall health, are at a normal, stable weight and whose breast development is complete. If you are a smoker, it is important to quit smoking completely for several weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking after your surgery can interfere with healing and compromise your results and your health.

I am considering breast reduction surgery but I am not sure that I am finished having children, should I wait?

Because there are many changes that come with pregnancy, some women prefer to postpone breast reduction surgery until they have finished having children. As the breasts enlarge during pregnancy and breastfeeding and then reduce in size, some of the results of breast reduction surgery may be compromised. However, many women do have breast reductions before having children and are happy with their decision.

Will my health insurance pay for my breast reduction?

Sometimes health insurance providers do cover breast reduction surgery, but not always. It often depends on the amount of breast tissue being removed and the symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

Can I have a breast reduction if someone in my family has had breast cancer?

If someone in your family has had breast cancer, then you may be at a higher risk for getting breast cancer, whether or not you have breast reduction surgery. If such is your case, it is very important to discuss your family’s medical history with Dr. Heistein. Usually, after being informed of the risks and benefits, you will be able to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Does Dr. Heistein perform many breast reductions?

Dr. Heistein performs a large number of breast reduction surgeries each year, and is experienced and skilled in the latest breast reduction techniques. Many other plastic surgeons only perform a few breast reduction procedures each year. Because of this, they lack the vital experience an expert surgeon needs to provide optimal results.

Do you have hospital privileges and, if so, with which hospitals?

This is important because a surgeon who does not have privileges at a hospital (that is, the right to use the hospital’s facilities) may not be adequately trained. A hospital will always thoroughly check the credentials of a surgeon. Sometimes, when a surgeon operates in his or her own facility, there is no guarantee that the surgeon is adequately trained.

If you have considered breast reduction surgey, you can rest assured that Dr. Heistein has been credentialed by and has privileges at most of the major hospitals in and around Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas.

Do you have before and after photos available for viewing?

Photos from before and after breast reduction procedures will allow you to assess a surgeon’s work and determine what look you would like to achieve for yourself. However, there are two considerations that are important above all others: you must be comfortable with your surgeon and your surgeon must listen to your needs. Making sure that these occur will help to ensure that you get exactly the results you want!

I do not live in the Fort Worth or Southlake areas. Can Dr. Heistein still perform my breast reduction?

Dr. Heistein has many patients who travel from outside the Fort Worth or Southlake areas to have breast reduction surgery as well as other plastic surgery procedures. Because of this we have several options available to meet your individual needs. Feel free to ask about this at your consultation.

How can I find out more about breast reduction?

The best source of information is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact our office at 817-820-0000.

Our offices are located in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. In addition to breast reductions, Dr. Heistein provides breast ifts and augmentations, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts, and more.

After having two children my breasts have changed shape and lost fullness. I would like to improve the size and shape of my breasts, but I still want them to look natural—not fake. Is this possible through breast augmentation/breast implants?

Dr. Heistein sees many women who share your same concerns. Breasts often change in size and shape after pregnancies and many women seek breast augmentation to restore their breast to their former shape.

During your private consultation, Dr. Heistein will answer any questions you have about breast implants, breast augmentation surgery and recovery and he will carefully listen to your desired results and concerns. This is the best way to ensure patient satisfaction.

Dr. Heistein does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to plastic surgery and understands that no two patients are exactly alike. With Dr. Heistein, natural looking results are completely possible through breast augmentation.

I am considering breast augmentation surgery, but I am not certain that I am finished having children. Do breast implants interfere with breastfeeding?

Many women with breast implants are able to breastfeed. Occasionally, breast augmentation can interfere with breast feeding.

Will pregnancy affect my breast implants?

There are two important parts to keep in mind when it comes to pregnancy and breast implants. The first is whether implants will allow you to have a normal pregnancy. The answer to this is simple: implants will not affect your pregnancy in any way, so you will be able to have a normal, healthy child.

The second question many of Dr. Heistein’s patients have is, “What will the pregnancy do to my implants?” Many people think that pregnancy will totally ruin their implants if they get pregnant after getting breast enhancement. This is absolutely not true. In general, pregnancy does not do anything to the implants. In fact, they will stay the same shape, size, and position after the pregnancy that they were before the pregnancy. However, the shape of your breast may change significantly. That is, most women, when they get pregnant will have breast that are enlarged or engorged. After you deliver the baby, or finish breast feeding, your breasts will usually deflate or lose volume. This means that the skin was stretched out for 9 months plus the time for breast feeding, and then the fluid inside the breast goes away. When it does, you may have some breast sag, if your skin does not shrink down. This would be the same if you had breast implants for over a year and then decided to remove the implants-you may have some breast sag.

So, after pregnancy, you may have some breast sag, but the implants will be fine. That is why some people choose to have a breast lift by Dr. Heistein.

My breasts are two different cup sizes. Can this be fixed through breast augmentation?

Yes. Breast augmentation is frequently and effectively used to achieve symmetry of the breasts.

Is it safe to have breast augmentation surgery during the same setting when I am having another cosmetic surgery?

Generally yes, but it depends on the individual patient and the length and difficulty of the planned operations. Dr. Heistein will be happy to discuss this with you. Many women like to combine plastic surgical procedures in order to take less time off from work or to reduce the amount of time that they will need help with childcare. It can also reduce the overall cost.

Common procedures performed in conjunction with breast augmentation include tummy-tuck and liposuction. Breast augmentation performed with a tummy tuck is commonly referred to as a “mommy makeover.”

Can I get better cleavage with breast implants or bring my breasts closer together?

Many of Dr. Heistein’s patients wonder if they can have better cleavage or bring their breast closer together with breast augmentation or implants. Cleavage for most women is created by a good push up bra. After implants, that will still be the situation. Unfortunately, there are many women with small breasts that are too far apart for a even the best push up bra! Fortunately, implants can significantly help the situation. The most important part is how the surgeon performs the breast augmentation. That is why it is important to have your breast augmentation surgery by Dr. Heistein. Dr. Heistein takes great care uses his years of experience to give try and give you the exact amount of cleavage you want. During the consultation, Dr. Heistein will discuss what type of cleavage you will have after your surgery. It also depends on the size of the implants and how far apart the breasts are currently. For example, if you have breasts that are far apart, you would need an implant that is wide, so that the implant will “be” your new cleavage.

Will I have to have surgery every 10 years?

There are a number of websites on the Internet that claim women with breast implants need surgery every 10 years. This is not absolutely true. For patients who have breast implants, there are two reasons why surgery may become necessary. The first is if capsular contracture occurs (fibrous, scar-like tissue that squeezes the implants), and the second reason is if an implant leaks. Additionally, a patient might want to have another surgery is because she wants to remedy a problem. Breast sag is the most common reason a patient would want another surgery. Larger breasts are more affected by gravity and, over a long period of time, a patient may wish to undergo another surgery in order to counteract the sagging effect that can take place. It is difficult to predict how much time will pass before sagging occurs – if it occurs at all – because skin type, nutritional habits, sun damage, smoking, breast implant size, and how much support the patient wears can all influence whether breast sag occurs. Undergoing surgery to correct an increase in breast sag is something many patients choose to do nothing about – because it simply does not bother them. Therefore, you do not absolutely have to have breast surgery every 10 years.

Are breast implants safe?

Saline breast implants are very safe. They are filled with salt water that is naturally absorbed by the body, so a leak poses no danger to the patient. There is currently no research which shows saline breast implants to be unsafe.

Silicone breast implants are also considered safe by the medical community. Most plastic surgeons agree that silicone breast implants do not cause any cancer or diseases. In fact, the FDA has approved silicone breast implants for general use. If you would like to learn more about the difference between saline and silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Heistein would be happy to speak with you.

Can I have breast implants if someone in my family has had breast cancer?

If someone in your family has had breast cancer, then you may be at a higher risk for getting breast cancer, whether or not you have breast augmentation surgery. If such is your case, it is very important to discuss your family’s medical history with Dr. Heistein. Usually, after being informed of the risks and benefits, you will be able to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

Will I be able to exercise after breast augmentation surgery?

Definitely! After you heal, you will be able to exercise as much as you like.

Does Dr. Heistein perform many breast augmentations?

Dr. Heistein performs a large number of breast augmentation each year, and is experienced and skilled in the latest breast augmentation techniques. Many other plastic surgeons only perform a few breast augmentation procedures each year. Because of this, they lack the vital experience an expert surgeon needs to provide optimal results.

Do you have hospital privileges and, if so, with which hospitals?

This is important because a surgeon who does not have privileges at a hospital (that is, the right to use the hospital’s facilities) may not be adequately trained. A hospital will always thoroughly check the credentials of a surgeon. Sometimes, when a surgeon operates in his or her own facility, there is no guarantee that the surgeon is adequately trained.

If you have considered breast implants, you can rest assured that Dr. Heistein has been credentialed by and has privileges at most of the major hospitals in and around Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas.

Do you have before and after photos available for viewing?

Photos from before and after breast augmentation procedures will allow you to assess a surgeon’s work and determine what look you would like to achieve for yourself. However, there are two considerations that are important above all others: you must be comfortable with your surgeon and your surgeon must listen to your needs. Making sure that these occur will help to ensure that you get exactly the results you want!

I do not live in the Fort Worth or Southlake areas. Can Dr. Heistein still perform my breast augmentation?

Dr. Heistein has many patients who travel from outside the Fort Worth or Southlake areas to have breast augmentation surgery as well as other plastic surgery procedures. Because of this we have several options available to meet your individual needs. Feel free to ask about this at your consultation.

How can I find out more about breast augmentation?

The best source of information is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact our office at 817-820-0000.

Our offices are located in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. In addition to breast augmentation Dr. Heistein provides liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts, and more.

Our Office Locations

Fort Worth

800 8th Ave. Suite 240, Fort Worth, TX 76104
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Southlake

521 West Southlake Blvd. Suite 175, Southlake, TX 76092
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