Breast Reduction

Long Island Breast Reduction with Dr. Meredith Vandegrift

Are heavy breasts weighing you down? If you’re living with large, pendulous breasts, you know first-hand the pain and discomfort that heavy breasts can bring. The weight of large breasts can lead to back, shoulder, and neck problems. It can be a challenge to find clothing styles that fit well. Exercise may be uncomfortable or challenging. Bigger isn’t always better, as anyone with large breasts will quickly report. 

If you’re living with the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of heavy breasts, there is an option for relief. Breast reduction surgery can improve your quality of life, exposing new possibilities for movement, comfort, and fashion. Learn more about breast reduction surgery in Long Island by contacting Dr. Meredith Vandegrift. Free yourself from the weight of heavy breasts. 

What Is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also called a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breasts by removing skin, fat, and breast tissue. The breasts are lifted and reshaped, creating a smaller, tighter, and firmer breast. 

Breast reduction surgery can change lives. Our patients experience many benefits from this procedure including:

  • Improvement in body proportions
  • Increased ability to participate in exercise and physical activities
  • Reduction in back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Better clothing fit and more clothing possibilities
  • People see you, not just your breasts

Breast reduction surgery is ideal for patients that feel overpowered or weighed down by large, cumbersome breasts. If your breast size is causing physical or emotional discomfort, it is time to explore breast surgery with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Vandegrift. 

Skin, fat, and breast tissue are removed through the incisions. Sometimes liposuction is used to remove additional fat and to sculpt the breast shape. After the tissue removal is complete, the breast is reshaped and repositioned. The size of the areola may be reduced by trimming away excess from the outer edge if needed. 

Incisions are sutured closed to hold the reshaped breast in position. The breasts are wrapped with compressive bandaging. 

After a short period of monitoring in our recovery center, patients can return home. We’ll provide detailed recovery and aftercare instructions. Patients return to our office to meet with Dr. Vandegrift several times during the recovery process.

Meet Dr. Meredith Vandegrift

Dr. Meredith Vandegrift is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in breast and body rejuvenation that restores a youthful, supple appearance after pregnancy or weight loss.

While offering a full complement of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures including breast lift, tummy tuck, vaginal rejuvenation, and oncoplastic breast reduction, Dr. Vandegrift also has a special interest and expertise in both invasive and non-invasive facial rejuvenation. With a focus on keeping your look natural, she provides a holistic approach to each patient, specifically tailoring a treatment regimen that will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Dr. Meredith Vandegrift: Long Island Breast Reduction Surgeon

Patients seeking breast reduction in the Long Island area often turn to Dr. Vandegrift, an experienced plastic surgeon. While many plastic surgeons in the area have the technical skill needed for this procedure, Dr. Vandegrift’s unique, patient-centered approach helps many patients to feel more comfortable and supported throughout the surgical process. Dr. Vandegrift believes in partnering with her patients to provide them with a supportive and caring environment that is rarely seen in the medical profession. Dr. Vandegrift offers a variety of surgical procedures for the face and body including a drainless tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation

For exceptional results and caring support throughout the breast reduction process, contact Dr. Meredith Vandegrift. Call us at (631) 935- 0303 to get started or learn more.

FAQ

Breast Reduction in Long Island

Modern breast reduction techniques preserve many of the milk ducts, allowing many women to successfully breastfeed after breast reduction surgery. If you’re hoping to breastfeed in the future, let Dr. Vandegrift know so she can discuss breastfeeding and potential complications with you in more depth.  

Most patients have some visible scarring after breast reduction surgery, but thanks to advanced incision closure techniques, this scarring should be minimal. At first, incisions will be dark and prominent on the breasts, but as the tissue heals, scars become lighter and less visible. Most patients tell us the improvement in their quality of life is well worth any scarring that occurs. Aesthetically, most patients also report greater satisfaction with their new breast shape, even if some scarring does occur. 

After breast reduction surgery, your breasts will immediately appear smaller and more youthful. At first, incisions will be dark and very visible, but over time, as the incisions fade, the appearance of the breasts will continue to improve. Most patients see full results about a year after surgery. 

Some insurance policies may pay a portion of the costs toward breast reduction, provided certain conditions are met. It can be a challenge to coordinate insurance coverage for this policy,  but we have been very successful getting many of our patents covered for this life-altering procedure. Talk with your insurance carrier for complete coverage details. 

Breast reduction can dramatically reduce the size of your breasts, but this procedure isn’t one-size-fits-all. You’ll work with Dr. Vandegrift to determine your desired breast size. We consider your aesthetic goals and the size of your body to create breasts that are comfortable and proportionate to your frame. 

The timing required for breast reduction surgery varies, but a typical procedure takes  around 3 hours. 

Plastic surgery is highly customized, making it difficult to estimate the costs of a procedure without an in-person meeting first. We’ll provide a detailed estimate for your breast reduction surgery with Dr. Vandegrift during your consultation.