Breast Reduction
in Novi, Michigan

Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure that can enhance the quality of life for many women who suffer from the physical and emotional discomfort of having overly large breasts. This plastic surgery reduces breast size and reshapes and repositions the breasts to create a more proportional and natural appearance.

Whether you experience back or neck pain, skin irritation, or self-consciousness due to large breasts, breast reduction surgery can provide relief and help you feel more confident in your body. With advancements in surgical techniques, breast reduction surgery is now safer, making it an excellent option for those seeking a permanent solution to reduce their breast size.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to reduce the size and volume of breasts while improving their shape and position. During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Lakin will remove the excess breast and glandular tissue to achieve a smaller breast size and reposition the nipple to a more natural and youthful height.

Breast reduction surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is completely asleep.

Dr. Lakin, our plastic surgeon, will make an incision around the areola and down the breast, then remove the excess fatty tissue and skin. The size and shape of the incision will vary depending on the extent of the breast reduction and the patient’s anatomy.

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple and areola are also repositioned to create a more natural appearance. The surgeon may also reduce the size of the areola if necessary. The goal is to achieve a more proportionate breast size and shape that is in balance with the rest of the patient’s body.
Once the breast tissue has been reshaped and repositioned, the incisions are closed using sutures. The surgeon may use either dissolvable sutures that do not need to be removed or traditional sutures that are removed during a follow-up appointment. The incisions are then covered with dressings or surgical tape to protect the area and promote healing.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery can be an excellent option for women who experience physical and emotional discomfort due to overly large breasts. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, several other physical symptoms and emotional factors may make you a good candidate.

Physical Factors:

Emotional Factors:

To determine if breast reduction is right for you, you will need to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Lakin. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your medical history, examine your breasts, and discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure.

Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery

After breast reduction surgery, patients can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which will gradually subside over the following weeks. Patients should plan to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks following surgery.

The recovery timeline will vary depending on the extent of the reduction and the patient’s overall health. Most patients can expect to return to work and light activities within 1–2 weeks after surgery and resume all activities, including exercise and lifting heavy objects, within 4–6 weeks.

Patients will receive detailed post-operative instructions from Dr. Lakin to ensure a smooth and safe recovery. These instructions may include information on caring for the incision site, managing pain and discomfort, and wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling.

Results and Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery can offer a range of physical and emotional benefits, including improved physical comfort, better posture, and a more proportionate and youthful appearance of the breasts.

Breast Reduction Cost in Michigan

The cost of breast reduction in Michigan varies between $5,000 and $10,000. At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that finances can be a concern for some patients, which is why we offer various financing options to help make your breast reduction more affordable. We at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery are committed to making breast reduction surgery accessible and affordable for all patients. Our team is available to discuss the financing options and answer any questions about them.
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Preparing for Your Breast Reduction

Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, you will need to take certain steps to prepare for the procedure.

You may need to undergo a physical examination and certain medical tests to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. You will also need to arrange for transportation to and from the surgical facility and arrange for someone to stay with you for the first few days after the procedure.

Our team may also ask you to avoid certain medications, such as aspirin and blood-thinning medications, for several weeks before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding and complications.

To arrange for your recovery, you may need to take time off and make necessary adjustments to your daily routine, such as arranging for childcare or assistance with household chores.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Excess breast tissue is removed through incisions made around the areola and down the breast.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia.
Breast reduction surgery typically takes 2–4 hours to complete, depending on the extent of the reduction.
Yes, patients will need to wear a surgical bra or compression garment after surgery to help reduce swelling and support the breasts.
Yes, there will be some scarring after breast reduction surgery, but the breast reduction scars will typically fade over time.
Breast reduction surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed, so it’s important to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with your plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Like any surgical procedure, breast reduction surgery carries some risks and potential complications, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in nipple sensation. However, these complications are rare; most patients experience a safe and successful procedure.

Post-surgical care instructions are given to the patients to facilitate their recovery and avoid any potential side effects of the surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

Dr. Gregory Lakin of Illuum cosmetic surgery in Novi, Michigan.

Dr. Gregory Lakin, M.D.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Lakin is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Novi, MI who believes cosmetic surgery should illuminate the best versions of his patients. He is bilingual in Spanish after growing up in South Florida and living abroad for 7 years in Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico. He moved from his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his family to practice in Novi and live closer to his wife’s family. Dr. Lakin has nearly 20 years of experience in plastic surgery and has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in South Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland, and Detroit. He has memberships in national plastic surgery organizations and has received numerous national awards in plastic surgery.

Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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