Breast Reduction Surgery in Miami
For some women, having large breasts may lead to back pain and other issues that cause physical discomfort and poor body image.
While some women can address these issues through diet and exercise, in many cases, the large volume, percentage of glandular tissue, and damaged skin (stretch marks) make breast reduction surgery the best option to improve the situation.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
A breast reduction, also known as mammaplasty reduction, is a plastic surgery procedure used to reduce overly large breast volume and improve shape. Breast reduction surgery is intended to improve the size, shape, and appearance of breasts and decrease the physical strain that comes with overly large breasts such as poor posture, neck and back pain, and irritated skin from bra straps.
A plastic surgeon removes a specific amount of breast tissue that can include fatty tissue, glands, milk ducts. The doctor will correct sagging skin and place the incisions in areas where the scar is minimally visible while allowing for the lifting and reshaping effect to be achieved.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Breast Reduction?
Ideal candidates for a breast reduction usually developed large breasts either during puberty or over time, and possibly have developed sagging and discomfort due to the excess size. Numerous options exist for breast reduction surgery, depending on each individual patient. Let Dr. Salas at Salas Plastic Surgery Miami personally evaluate you to help find the best options for your desired outcomes.
Breast Reduction Options
There are various breast reduction options, and Dr. Salas will discuss each one during your initial consultation. You will decide together which option is best for your situation.
A typical breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue with an incision along the areola, vertically and horizontally on the breast. During the surgery, the doctor removes excess tissue throughout the breast, repositions the areola, and ensures that the new breasts are smaller, better positioned, more symmetric, and physically pleasing.
Breast liposuction reduction decreases breast size with minimal scarring. Breast liposuction removes only fat from the breasts and no breast tissue. Because it is less invasive than a traditional breast reduction surgery, the surgical time and recovery time are less, but the amount of reduction is also limited. Liposuction for large breasts is an alternative for women who are reluctant to undergo breast surgery.
This breast reduction procedure involves the surgeon making two incisions. The first incision circles the areola. The second incision is a straight line from the areola to the bottom of the breast. The vertical breast reduction works best for moderate breast reduction with the removal of sagging skin.
The inverted-T breast reduction helps women who need significant removal of breast tissue with excessive sagging skin. The plastic surgeon makes the first incision around the areola, the second straight from the areola to the breast base, and the third along the breast crease underneath the breast.
How You Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery
Ensuring that you have prepared well for breast reduction surgery leads to a faster recovery and excellent outcome. We recommend that you prepare for surgery in the following ways:
- Stop smoking: Smoking complicates surgery and slows the healing process. Your surgeon recommends stopping smoking entirely or at least for a week or two before surgery.
- Arrange transportation: You cannot drive home from the surgery, so arrange for transportation.
- Purchase prescriptions: The doctor will give you medications for post-surgery that you should have filled and ready at home. Your doctor will discuss your current medications at the consultation. They could instruct you to stop some medications before surgery as they increase the risk of bleeding. Discontinue all prohibited drugs until after the breast reduction.
- Get a sports bra: A sports or surgical bra compresses and supports your new breasts. You will be wearing it 24/7 for the first six weeks, so be sure it is comfortable, the right size for your new breasts, and opens in the front.
- Prepare a recovery area: The first two weeks are essential to your recovery. You should plan not to lift heavy objects or children. Place what you need on lower shelves, as reaching will be difficult. Also, plan on wearing comfortable, loose clothing. Place all items, such as pain medication, the TV remote, and your phone, in the recovery space for easy access.
What You Can Expect
You should expect to have scars at the incision sites that are red and swollen. Over time they will reduce and fade—plan to limit physical activity for the first two weeks and avoid heavy exercise for eight weeks.
Make arrangements for purchasing necessities until the doctor clears you to drive. The doctor removes the stitches at the post-operative visit. Plan to be back to your routine 2-3 weeks after breast reduction surgery.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
During the breast reduction procedure, Dr. Salas applies his surgical skill and artistic vision, along with years of training, to design a pattern in order to re-create the ideal breast shape for you, and then reduce and reposition the breast volume in order to achieve a more youthful, attractive shape.
The best way to know if you are a candidate is to come in for your private consultation to talk about your goals and expectations. Here at Salas Plastic Surgery Miami, it’s all about the details. We are sensitive to the fact that everyone has a unique situation and body, and will tailor your treatment to help you achieve your goals.
Breast Reduction Risks
As with any surgery, breast reduction risks include bleeding, swelling, possible bruising, infection, possible loss of feeling in the breast, allergic reaction to surgical tape, anesthesia reactions, poor wound healing, difficulty breastfeeding, and other normal surgical risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
While there is no specific breast size that qualifies for breast reduction surgery, overly large breasts that interfere with your ability to lead an active, pain-free life qualify. Suffering from back and neck pain, indentations and irritation from bra straps, and skin irritation in the bottom crease of the breast are indicators that breast reduction surgery will help you.
When you regularly experience pain in your back, shoulders, and neck from the weight of your breasts, the discomfort is a sign you need breast reduction surgery. Another indicator is when you cannot participate in physical activities that keep you in good health.
Breast reduction surgery does not only involve physical limitations. Overly large breasts lead to insecurity and poor self-image for many women. Ill-fitting clothes and a general self-consciousness about the breast area are other reasons for breast reduction surgery. Asymmetrical breasts and the longing for more proportional breasts are additional reasons for breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction happens when the plastic surgeon reduces the weight of the breast by removing breast tissue and lifting the remaining breast tissue while eliminating the sagging skin. A breast lift occurs when the plastic surgeon lifts and reshapes the existing breast tissue and removes the sagging skin to return to a more youthful-looking breast.
Both breast reduction surgery and breast liposuction will have small scars at the incision site. After the surgery and during recovery, the scars will be swollen and red, but this will subside over time. The scars will be in places where clothing can hide them.
Rarely will a woman lose all nipple sensations. The nipples might be less sensitive, more sensitive, or mildly numb. The numbness can disappear over time.
Some insurance companies cover breast reduction surgery since the goal is to remedy back, shoulder, and neck pain. While breast reduction surgery has health and medical benefits, an insurance company might target a specific amount of breast tissue to be removed before covering the cost. The best policy is to inquire with your insurance company well before the surgery to know what it will cover.
Studies show that when the nipple and areola remain attached, breastfeeding is likely. When the nipple and areola are partially attached, the likelihood of breastfeeding varies according to the individual.
The primary goal after breast reduction surgery is for the breasts to heal well and thoroughly. Many doctors understand that a woman is anxious to return to exercise. Upper body exercise is discouraged.
Lower body exercises such as walking, stationary biking, swimming, water aerobics, and lower bodyweight exercises are acceptable. Refrain from doing any upper body exercise until your plastic surgeon clears you for physical activity.
Schedule a Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation in Miami
An initial consultation is necessary for you and the doctor to discuss your medical history and whether reduction mammaplasty is a good option for you. Together, you will discuss aesthetic goals for your breasts and any known allergies, medical conditions, and past surgeries.
Dr. Salas will outline options for breast reduction and take photographs of your breast area for comparison. You will have the opportunity to discuss the possible complications and risks. If you and the doctor agree that you are suitable for breast reduction surgery, you will move forward to the next appointment.
If you’re interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery at Salas Plastic Surgery contact us today to schedule a free consultation.