Breast Reduction, also known as a Reduction Mammoplasty, reshapes large or heavy breasts into a new, more youthful shape. Breast reduction procedures are done by removing excess skin, breast tissue, and fat that cause the bulk of the weight in the breast. Many medical problems are associated with large breasts. These include shoulder strap indents from supportive bras, lower back pain, and skin inflammation below the breasts. Results from Breast Reduction surgery can be very gratifying. Because of the discomfort and pain associated with overly large breasts, getting a reduction is a physical relief to the patient due to the excess weight that is removed. They enjoy the refreshed and more youthful appearance and the lack of physical pain.
Reasons for considering a Breast Reduction
- Pain in the neck area or back due to the size of the breasts
- Breasts that are sagging due to size
- To proportion the frame of the body
- Desire for a more athletic frame
- Not being able to participate in normal physical activity
- Bra, strap or tank top lines due to heavy breasts
Are you a good candidate for a Breast Reduction?
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if:
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations. It is very helpful to look at Before and After pictures to assist you with you expectations and your decision process.
- If your breasts are too large for your body frame and create neck, back, or shoulder pain
- If you have heavy breasts with nipples and areolas (pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) that point downward
- If one breast is much larger than the other
- If you are unhappy and self-conscious about the large appearance of your breasts
- You do not smoke. If you are a smoker, you are strongly encouraged to refrain from smoking for at least a week prior to your surgery date and continue to refrain from smoking for two weeks or until your incisions have healed. This will promote faster healing and reduce the risk of infection.
How is the procedure performed?
The entire procedure requires about 2.5 hours and is done under IV sedation. The surgeon starts by removing excess skin and breast tissue from around the central areolar breast tissue. The nipple is reshaped and placed higher on the breast. We frequently use the vertical breast reduction lift which eliminates the long horizontal scar over the lower part of the breast. This is something the patient can discuss with the doctor at the time of consultation.
Where is the surgery performed?
The surgery is performed in Estetica Institute’s accredited surgical center, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our surgeries are performed at our state of the art surgical ORs by a highly trained staff of professionals who all maintain the highest credentials. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
How long does the surgery take?
Typically, a Breast Reduction procedure takes about 2.5 hours to perform. Patient will recover for about a half-hour after the procedure, and then may go home.
Can I drive myself home?
You cannot drive yourself home after the surgery. We suggest that you arrange for a ride home with a friend or relative. We are happy to help you arrange for a ride and some overnight help if necessary.
What happens after surgery? What is the recovery process?
After surgery, you just should stay home and rest in the 24 hours following surgery. You will be sent home with a package of instructions. Patients may take a shower 48 hours after surgery. Patients will wear a surgical bra that we provide. This bra can be changed to a bra of your choosing about one week later. Following the rest period, we recommend an early return to normal activity, being mindful of extra strenuous activities or workouts. After seven days, the patient will return to the facility to have her sutures removed. Prescription pain medication is usually needed for a few days after the procedure then over the counter pain relievers can subdue any aches and pains the patient may experiencing. After the procedure, patients should follow the directions of the doctor to avoid any post-operation problems.
Our caring and highly trained staff is here to help from your initial consultation through your recovery. The doctors are just a phone call away 24-7 for you after any surgical procedure.
For more information about Bennelli Mastopexy procedures in Palm Beach Gardens performed by the expert plastic surgery staff at Esthetic Institute or to schedule an appointment, please call 561.776.9555.
Dr. Gregory S. DeLange is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. DeLange graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and then completed his Surgery Residency at the University of Texas. After completing a year as Chief Resident, he followed his General Surgical training with an additional two years of Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious University of Florida Shands Hospital. Dr. DeLange is certified by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.