MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
Monday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Breast Reduction

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What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

At MidAmerica Plastic Surgery in Glen Carbon, Dr. Ryan Diederich performs breast reduction to give women from Maryville, Edwardsville, and the St. Louis area, smaller, lighter breasts. This procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin and repositions the areola and nipple to create a more youthful appearance.


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Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for Me?

Large breasts can cause a variety of health problems, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Skin irritation and infections
  • Postural problems
  • Breathing difficulties.

If you have large breasts that are causing discomfort, are uncomfortable with the size of your breasts, or would like your breasts to be smaller for cosmetic purposes, breast reduction may be the surgery for you.

Breast Reduction
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Breast Reduction Surgery Is a Good Option for You If:

  • You are physically healthy.
  • You have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes.
  • You are nicotine free for at least 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the procedure.
  • Your breasts are too large and you would like them to be smaller.
  • Your breasts limit some of your everyday activities.
  • You have skin irritation/infections under your breasts.
  • You are self-conscious about the size of your breasts.

Risks with Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling, and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanent
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Potential loss of skin/tissue of breast where incisions meet each other
  • Potential, partial, or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Allergies to tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injectable agents
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)
  • Possibility of revision surgery

Before Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation, as needed.
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
  • Get a baseline mammogram.
  • Stop smoking well in advance of your breast reduction surgery.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (If this is OK with your primary care physician. If you cannot stop taking these medications, please let us know).
  • Get your pre- and post-surgery checklist.
  • Pre-Op instructions will be provided before the procedure. Please read these thoroughly for additional information.

The Day of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction surgery is usually on an outpatient basis. You will come to the hospital in the morning and be able to leave after the procedure. You are not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery. Please arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital on surgery day. You will also need someone to stay with you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.

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After Breast Reduction Surgery

After the surgery is completed, dressings will be applied to the incisions and a surgical bra placed. You will come to the office the day after your surgery for follow up and we will remove the bandages for you. Recovery is patient dependent, but you may be sore for a few weeks. You may also experience slight swelling and bruising. Post-Op Instructions will be provided before the procedure. Please keep these close throughout recovery.

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats.

Breast Reduction Results

Breast reduction surgery will make your breasts smaller, firmer, and lighter. Your new breast size should relieve discomfort caused by breast weight. In fact, most patients experience relief from back and neck discomfort almost immediately after surgery! It may take six months to a year for your breasts to round out and take final shape. Over time, the shape of your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and gravity.

Common Questions

Can I breastfeed after breast reduction?

This is very patient dependent. Certain surgical techniques can make this more or less likely depending on what each individual patient requires and will be discussed during your consultation. If breastfeeding is important to you, you may consider waiting until you are finished having children.

What are my financing options?

We understand that cost in an important issue to some individuals considering cosmetic surgery. Many patients opt to finance their procedures to help with the cost of surgery. Dr. Diederich offers a variety of financing options for qualified patients. Visit our financing page for full details about our financing plans.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ryan Diederich

Dr. Diederich is a Southern Illinois native realizing his dream of giving back to the community. He helps patients feel and look their best with his surgical skills and compassionate care.

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Now What?

Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.

For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery topic “Breast Reduction”

*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.