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BREAST REDUCTION
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Breast Reduction
Houston, TX

Breast reduction – also referred to as reduction mammoplasty – is a procedure that alleviates the cosmetic and health concerns caused by very large breasts. Many women with macromastia (excessively large breasts) suffer from physical symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, skeletal deformities, skin irritations, and respiratory problems.

More so, the appearance of large, pendulous breasts can lead to psychological side effects such as excessive self-consciousness, discomfort in social situations, and reduced self-esteem. During this procedure, plastic surgeons reduce breast size so that it is more symmetrical and proportional to the rest of your body.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers breast reduction procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and Texas surrounding communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. The surgeon uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Am I a Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction aims to reduce the size of the breasts by getting rid of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are physically and emotionally healthy
  • You have shoulder grooves as a result of bra straps
  • You have skin irritation under the breast
  • You have other physical symptoms such as back and neck pain due to excess breast weight
  • Your breasts are too large that they limit activity
  • You feel that your breasts are too large
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure
During your initial breast reduction Houston consultation with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine your breasts before letting you know whether this procedure is for you. Since breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure, Dr. Balinger emphasizes you ensure that you are having this procedure out of your own volition, not because someone else asked you to.

Procedure Approach

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited medical facility. The surgeon’s anesthesiologist will sedate you in order to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. Once this is done, the surgeon will create a small incision resembling an anchor running from the areola to the breast crease. Loose skin will be tightened and liposuction may also be used to get rid of excess fat. Dr. Balinger takes great care to maintain proper symmetry and balance nipple positioning while performing this surgery. Once the desired procedure goals have been achieved, the surgeon will close the incisions and apply bandages to the treatment area. You will be put in an observation room where your vitals will be monitored before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Recovery After your Breast Reduction

Recovery after breast reduction in Houston TX varies from one patient to the other based on the nature of the procedure and the patient’s unique healing ability. It is important to have someone to drive you home and help with chores over the first few days of recovery. Dr. Balinger will ask that you move around as soon as you are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. Many patients experience bruising, swelling, and pain in the first week. You will be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are prohibited until you get the green light from the surgeon. It is important that you take plenty of rest during the recovery period. You will also be required to avoid smoking for at least 4 weeks after this procedure. Make sure to strictly adhere to the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure that everything goes on well during recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions or and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

Breast reduction plastic surgery prices Houston can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s breast reduction patients can however expect to pay between $6,000 and $9,500 for this treatment. Insurance companies may cover the cost of reduction mammoplasty that is a medical necessity (i.e. needed to alleviate health concerns such as back pain). Breast reduction that is performed to suit one’s cosmetic desires will not be covered by health insurance. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX communities.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform breast reduction and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for breast reduction, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.
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Average Cost
$6,000 – $9,500
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Procedure Time
1-3 Hours
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Recovery Time
1-2 Weeks
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Insurance
Not Covered
Dr. Balinger offers breast reduction for women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas. Breast reduction is a type of plastic surgery for women who experience physical and emotional symptoms that are related to having overly large breasts.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgery that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to make your breasts smaller. Women who choose to have breast reduction often do so after living with the emotional and physical challenges of having breasts that are disproportionately large compared to their body size.

How much does breast reduction cost?

The average cost of breast reduction is $6,000 to $9,500. After your consultation with Dr. Balinger, we will review the treatment plan and associated costs. Dr. Balinger offers free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

You may want to consider breast reduction if you experience:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain related to your breast size
  • Use poor body mechanics to adjust for your large breasts
  • Embarrassment or self-consciousness about your breast size
  • Difficulty in finding bras and clothing that fits well

How is breast reduction performed?

Breast reduction can be performed with several incision patterns, and Dr. Balinger will describe his incision technique as part of your consultation. After the incisions are made, he carefully removes excess breast tissue and fat to reduce the breast size. He then pulls the skin over the new breast shape and removes any excess.

What is recovery like after breast reduction?

Breast reduction can be extensive, so you should expect to spend a week or longer at home resting. Swelling, discomfort, numbness, bruising, and tenderness are common symptoms after breast reduction. We recommend that you have someone stay with you during the initial recovery period. Swelling may last for six to 12 months. If your breasts have caused you neck, back or shoulder pain before the surgery, these symptoms may gradually improve as you heal.

How long will breast reduction results last?

The results of a breast reduction procedure are considered long-term, but it is possible that your breasts will regain size after the surgery. Dr. Balinger will explain the anticipated outcomes of your procedure during the consultation. Maintaining a consistent and healthy weight helps to extend the results of your breast reduction surgery.
Living with breasts that are too large for your body interferes with many areas of your life. If you are bothered by having large breasts, learn more about our breast reduction procedure. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers breast reduction for women in Houston, Conroe and nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free breast reduction consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.