Also known as reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The procedure is usually outpatient, lasts 2-3 hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and/or a burning sensation. Risks of surgery can include infection, bleeding, fluid collections, asymmetry, and/or excessive scarring. Patients are usually able to return to work after 2-3 weeks, but should refrain from strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks. Reduction mammaplasty is occasionally covered by insurance if the procedure is deemed to be medically necessary. Learn more about breast reductions.
Most skin cancers, whether they are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, or other types of cancers, are removed surgically. If the cancer is small, the wound left behind generally heals without difficulty. However, when the cancer is large, or in a difficult location on the body, surgical excision can leave behind a large scar or a permanent change in a body structure. In these cases, a plastic surgeon is an important resource and can offer different reconstructive techniques - from simple scar revision to a transfer of tissue - to restore most patients to acceptable appearance and function. Learn more about melanoma and skin cancer surgery.
Our surgeons offer a variety of options for wound repair, from wound care clinics, to skin grafting, to pedicle and free flap repair. Every circumstance is different, and plans are individualized to give optimal results.