BREAST REDUCTION

Eliminate Your Pain and Discomfort

What is a Breast Reduction Surgery?

Mammaplasty, or more commonly known as a breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that decreases size. The process consists of extracting the breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve smaller breasts.

Why Undergo a Breast Reduction?

Patients frequently undergo reduction surgery in our Tampa surgical center to ease pain caused by the weight of their breasts. This procedure also creates proportionality with the rest of the body and maintains a natural look.

Are You a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

If any of the following circumstances applies to you, then you may be a good candidate.

• Breast asymmetry
• Aching in the back, neck or shoulder caused by breast weight
• Physical restrictions due to breast weight and size
• Skin irritation and outbreaks below breasts
• Grooves on shoulders cause by taut bra straps
• Large breasts that are not in proportion with the rest of the body
• Weighty breasts with downward-pointing areolas and nipples
• Self-consciousness, low self-esteem and lack of confidence caused by breast appearance

Successful Breast Reduction Methods

Several methods can be employed to reduce a patient’s breast size successfully. However, the most common procedure involves three incisions:

• An incision around the areola
• A vertical incision from the bottom of the areola down to the fold underneath the breasts
• A third incision follows the natural contour of the crease

These three incisions allow the surgeon to remove excess breast tissue, before shifting the areola back to a natural position. The surgeon then uses excess skin above the nipple to reshape it. The nipples remain attached to the original tissue to maintain sensation. The nipple and areola are stretched before surgery and will, therefore, seem smaller after the procedure. Many women also report having better sensation to the nipple after breast reduction because of the nipple sensory nerves being less stretched after a breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

Week One

• Medication is prescribed to help you deal with the discomfort.
• Your breast area is lightly bandaged, and you will wear support garments.
• Rest at home and do no lifting; walking is recommended.

Week Two

• You may return to work usually within a week or less following surgery, unless your job requires lifting, in which case you should return to light duty upon return to work.
• Your breasts may still be swollen, and light bruising may still be somewhat visible.
• Refrain from lifting heavy items.

Weeks Three and Beyond

• You start feeling more comfortable and you return to most of your normal activities.
• You may begin increasing strenuous activity and resume lifting heavier objects.
• Most of the swelling has resolved but you may still experience mild swelling for a few more weeks.

When Should I Get a Breast Reduction?

Surgeons recommend that patients wait for their bodies to develop fully before undergoing surgery. For women who plan on having children and breastfeeding, it is best to postpone breast reduction surgery until you no longer plan to breastfeed.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding alter the shape and size of a woman’s breast. Although breast reduction can be performed at any time, it is important to discuss future family plans with the surgeon before scheduling a procedure. Many patients go ahead and have reduction surgery before they’ve had children. It is best to discuss with Dr. Egozi your future plans to optimize the timing of your breast reduction surgery.

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