You may be considering breast reduction if you have extremely large and heavy breasts that may be causing back, neck, or shoulder pain, rashes, bra strap grooving, or simply because your body looks out of proportion. Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, provides breast reduction procedures for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and surrounding communities in Central Florida.
Breast reduction surgery reduces the size, weight, and volume of one or both breasts, and may also be used to alter the shape and position of the breasts and areola (darker skin surrounding the nipple).
Excessively large breasts often cause numerous concerns such as pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, and some patients develop a spine condition known as thoracic kyphosis that may cause respiratory problems. Some patients complain of uncomfortable rashes underneath the breasts or deep grooves from the shoulder bra strap. Others simply want to improve their appearance by creating a more proportioned and streamlined body contour. If your breasts are too large or heavy for your overall frame and are causing any type of physical discomfort or embarrassment, you may benefit from breast reduction.
Breast reduction is a safe procedure that may help alleviate the following conditions:
Each procedure is personalized to the individual and will depend on such factors as your age, lifestyle, and goals. Breast reduction surgery requires incisions through which the excess tissue and skin are excised, reducing the size, weight, and volume of the breast tissue. The nipple and areola may be moved to a higher position, and the size of the areola may be reduced. The skin around the breasts is tightened, and the breast tissue is lifted to create a streamlined body contour.
Breast reduction surgery results can be longstanding with maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. Some longevity of results is dependent on each patient’s unique tissue quality. Surgery cannot prevent such factors as the aging process, weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and other factors that may affect the size and shape of your breasts over time. Some patients choose to have a follow-up procedure after some years to address other concerns that may arise over time.
You should plan to take about a week of downtime to recover from your breast reduction procedure. It is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort for the first three to seven days. You may be required to wear a compression garment to support the swollen tissue and assist the body in adjusting to its new shape. After a week you may return to office work and light activity. Most of the swelling and discomfort will subside within three weeks, and you may gradually return to more strenuous activity and exercise. In about two to three months, the breast tissue will have settled into its new contour and scarring will begin to fade.
In the majority of cases, your ability to breastfeed in the future will not be impaired by breast reduction surgery, and many patients who’ve had breast reduction are able to nurse their babies successfully.
Every patient’s needs are unique, and every procedure is personalized, so costs may vary between patients. Health insurance may cover breast reduction in cases where it is required to alleviate medical or structural conditions. To help our patients manage costs and payment, Dermatology + Plastic Surgery offers financing and flexible payment options.
If you are uncomfortable due to overly large or heavy breasts that impair your quality of life or self-confidence, consider a breast reduction procedure. Residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, or neighboring communities in Central Florida can learn more about breast reduction procedures at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD. Contact our office for a consultation today.
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