Why Choose Dr. Parakh?

Born and raised in India, Dr. Parakh was inspired in the field of medicine from an early age by her physician parents, who instilled in her a lifelong dedication to excellence, safety, and a personalized approach to treating patients. Dr. Parakh has an impressive and extensive training background that informs her artistry, skill, and precision. After graduating at the top of her class from one of the five most elite medical schools in India, Dr. Parakh traveled to the U.S. to complete General Surgery training at the New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital.

During this time, she discovered a growing passion in the field of aesthetic surgery. She was then accepted into a highly competitive combined Plastic Surgery training program at Cornell and Columbia Universities at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

She also underwent additional education at the world-renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Parakh is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), meaning that she has undergone extensive, in-depth training and exhaustive written and oral examinations to perform any aesthetic surgery with authority and confidence. She is a Verified Doctor and Top Doctor on RealSelf, a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor®: 1st Edition and Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the New York Metro Area for 2019, 2020, and 2021, and one of Bergen County’s Top Doctors in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Benefits of Breast Reduction

  • Relief from pain and discomfort
  • Enhanced stamina and energy
  • Renewal of enjoyment in sports and hobbies
  • A wider range of clothing options
  • A better fit in bras and swimwear
  • A more youthful, proportionate silhouette
  • A more positive self-image

What is Breast Reduction?

During breast reduction surgery, excess skin, fat, and tissue are removed from the breast using a combination of excision and liposuction. The procedure may be performed at the same time as a breast lift to comprehensively reshape the upper torso. Some women choose to undergo a breast reduction as part of their customized mommy makeover procedure.

Women may pursue breast reduction to address the following:

  • Discomfort in the shoulders, back, or neck
  • Irritation, rashes, and chafing where the bra straps press against the skin
  • Fatigue and exhaustion due to excess chest weight
  • Inability to enjoy sports and other physical activities
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Curtailed wardrobe choices
  • Reduced self-confidence
  • A poor self-image

Candidacy for Breast Reduction

Ideal candidates for breast reduction have been unable to achieve their body contouring goals through diet and exercise alone and are seeking a long-lasting surgical solution. They are at a stable weight, are of sound mind and body, have no uncontrolled medical concerns, and do not currently smoke. Lastly, patients should have realistic expectations for their outcomes based on their private consultations with Dr. Parakh.

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What Can I Expect From My Procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis and takes 2-4 hours to complete. If the patient opts to undergo a breast lift or mommy makeover in tandem with their breast reduction, surgical time will be extended.

Dr. Parakh will create your incisions according to your unique treatment plan, removing excess tissue and skin to elegantly reshape the breasts. Low-hanging nipples are repositioned in a more youthful, attractive location. If needed, liposuction can be utilized to trim pockets of fat in the upper body, further sculpting and refining the region. The incisions are then closed with sutures, and the breasts are fitted with compression garment to minimize postoperative swelling.

Incision Placement

There are three common choices when it comes to the incision pattern for breast reduction. The periareolar incision encircles the nipple and is appropriate for those with a minimal amount of tissue to remove. The lollipop incision encircles the nipple and then stretches down vertically to the breast crease. This approach is well-suited to those with a moderate amount of breast tissue to remove.

Finally, an anchor incision can be created by encircling the nipple, running vertically down to the breast crease, and then extending horizontally across the inframammary fold to create the appearance of an upside-down “T”. For women with significant breast tissue, fat, and excess skin, the anchor incision provides the surgeon with the most access and precision in reshaping the chest.

Recovery

After surgery, breast reduction patients will need a responsible adult to drive them home and assist them with basic chores for around 24-48 hours. The doctor will provide a thorough aftercare plan, pain medications, and a compression garment to help reduce swelling.

Most patients can resume work within 1-2 weeks, provided that their jobs are sedentary and do not require strenuous physical exertion. Light exercise can be started 3 weeks after surgery and a full return to exercise typically occurs at around 6 weeks post-op.

Dr. Parakh will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your healing and ensure that recovery remains on track. You will receive continuous support throughout your recovery journey, with all your questions and concerns addressed in a timely fashion.

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FAQ

What are the risks?

Is breast reduction painful?

What are the risks?

All surgeries carry with them the small risk of complications. While breast reduction is considered very safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Parakh, risks may include bleeding, infection, swelling, loss of nipple sensation, scarring, asymmetry, poor wound healing, and others.

Is breast reduction painful?

Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, so patients will be comfortable and at ease during surgery. Afterward, Dr. Parakh will ensure patients are stress-free with prescription pain medications. Ice packs can also be used to help reduce discomfort and soreness.

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