Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large breasts are as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.
According to research, more than 95% of patients who had their breasts reduced enjoy a better quality of life post-surgery. This is regardless of the amount of breast tissue removed.
Patients who underwent breast reduction surgery can enjoy many benefits:
Breast reduction in Miami can resolve problems such as:
The risks of breast reduction vary from patient to patient, and all surgery involves some inherent risks. Dr. Zaydon can review some of the most common concerns for breast reduction surgery at your consultation appointment once the two of you have had a chance to discuss your health history.
If you are interested in getting a breast reduction, it’s best to talk to a qualified plastic surgeon. Your candidacy depends on your needs, goals, and the doctor’s assessment of your overall health.
Generally, the ideal candidates for breast reduction are women who:
You will find out if breast reduction is a good option for you during your consultation with Dr. Zaydon. He will perform a physical examination on your breasts and interview you on your medical history, lifestyle, and surgery goals. If our plastic surgeon believes that you are a good candidate, he will develop a customized treatment plan that is aligned with your expectations and desired results.
It is crucial to prepare yourself physically and emotionally before you undergo surgery. Dr. Zaydon will discuss where and how the surgery will be performed as well as what to expect during the recovery stage and when to come back for follow-up. He will also instruct you on what to do on the day of surgery itself.
Be sure to arrange for someone’s help in getting you home, as you are not allowed to drive on your own after the surgery.
The surgery entails the removal of fat and glandular tissue as well as excess skin in the breasts. The technique that our plastic surgeon will use on you depends on his assessment of your unique condition. The composition of your breasts, desired reduction size, and personal goals and preferences are generally considered. If excess fat is the main reason why the breasts are large, and there is no excess skin, the doctor may perform liposuction alone.
Breast reduction surgery is divided into 5 steps:
The surgeon will numb the operative site through anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Incisions will be made on the skin to access and remove the tissues underneath and achieve a firmer and rounder contour. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are 3 types of incisions:
This is also known as the donut method, wherein a circular type of incision is made around the areola.
The incision is shaped like a racquet or keyhole. The surgeon creates an incision around the areola, followed by a vertical incision going down to the bottom of the breast.
Inverted T incision
This type of incision is used in traditional breast reduction surgery, wherein 3 incisions are made. When combined, the result is shaped like an inverted T or an anchor. One incision is made around the areola, one horizontal incision is made along the breast crease, and another vertical incision downwards to connect the first two.
Dr. Zaydon may use any of these three incision techniques, depending on the breast anatomy and the patient’s needs and goals. Through different surgical methods, he can customize the surgery to achieve specific aesthetic outcomes.
The incisions will serve as an opening to access the tissues under the skin. The nipple will be repositioned and some part of the areola will be removed as needed.
The surgeon will remove excess breast tissues and the breast will be lifted and reshaped. For sagging breasts, the nipples and areolas will be moved to a higher position.
After the breast is reduced to the desired size and shape, the breast tissues will be sutured to support the breast, and the incisions will be closed using sutures, adhesives, or surgical tape.
You will be able to see the changes almost immediately after the surgery. As you recover, the swelling in the surgical site will ease, and the incisions will fade.
You will likely experience some swelling and bruising of your breasts. Medication will help with the discomfort after surgery. In addition, it is important to maintain good wound care to help your incisions to heal well.
You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks. Patients usually wear a special surgical bra for a few weeks following the procedure.
You should plan for a week of downtime prior to returning to work. Dr. Zaydon will discuss your specific postoperative instructions at your follow-up appointment the day after your surgery. These may include:
During the surgery, you will be under anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. After the surgery, and when the effects of anesthesia wear off, it is expected to feel some discomfort and pain. Dr. Zaydon may prescribe oral pain medications to help manage the pain.
This is decided on a case-to-case basis. Usually, younger women have better skin elasticity, so their skin may contract on its own to fit the reduced and smaller breast after surgery. On the other hand, older women and those with a lot more excess breast tissue may need a breast lift, as skin tightening can no longer rely on elasticity alone.
The following side effects breast reduction surgery will be experienced during the recovery phase:
Although the risk is minimal, the following complications may also happen:
To avoid complications, it is recommended that the surgery must be performed by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon. You should also follow your preoperative and postoperative instructions and adhere to the treatment plan.
You will see the results immediately after the surgery. Your breasts will look considerably smaller and they will feel firmer and tighter. You need to wait for a few weeks to months to see the full results.
The healing and recovery process differs in every patient. Within a week or two after surgery, most patients can already do light activities. To prevent complications, it is important to ask the recommendations of your plastic surgeon.
The amount of scarring depends on the type of incision. Dr. Zaydon takes extra care to keep the scarring minimal.
Breast reduction surgery includes the removal of breast tissues, milk ducts, and nerves, which may affect your ability to produce milk in the future.
If you are a breastfeeding mother, it is vital to disclose this information to Dr. Zaydon during your consultation. He will incorporate this into the treatment plan, and you can both work out the best solution for your needs.
There are many factors to consider when determining the cost of surgery. Since every patient is unique, the cost may also differ.
During your consultation, you can ask Dr. Zaydon for a price quote. His services are very affordable without compromising quality and outcome.
If your breasts are giving you physical symptoms such as back pain or neck pain and other health problems, breast reduction may be considered medically necessary and, therefore, can be covered by insurance. You can either talk with your insurance provider about this. We can help you verify your insurance coverage for you.
The results of surgery are permanent. Although factors such as weight gain, gravity, and aging may affect the appearance of the operated breasts over time, you can counter these by having a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a normal weight.
If you think you need breast reduction surgery, don’t hesitate to consult Dr. Thomas Zaydon. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
With over 20 years of experience in the field, Dr. Zaydon is also highly skilled in the latest plastic surgery techniques to provide patients with an exceptional experience.
Dr. Zaydon serves as a workers compensation plastic surgeon and a plastic surgery expert witness for liability cases. He has reviewed many legal documents and has served as an plastic surgery consultant for both plaintiff and defendant.
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