If you have naturally large breasts that cause you concern due to physical or social issues, you are not alone. In fact, breast reduction surgery is gaining in popularity, with nearly 100,000 of these procedures being performed in the US each year.
Breast reductions are also among the highest in patient satisfaction, and the risk of complications following the surgery is lower than with other surgical cosmetic procedures.
Why Choose Cosmetic Surgeons of Naples for Your Breast Reduction?
Cosmetic Surgeons of Naples offer breast reduction surgery for women who live in or near Naples, Florida.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Nalin Master and Dr. Rebecca Crane, have a combined 70 years of experience and stay up-to-date on advanced or emerging techniques to provide state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures that produce highly desirable results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction improves the comfort, aesthetics, and psychological well-being of women with overly large breasts. You may be a candidate for breast reduction if the cumbersome size of your breasts interferes with your day-to-day activities or levels of self-confidence.
Candidates for breast reduction do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results.
The best way to know that you are a good candidate for breast reduction is to schedule a consultation and get your surgeon’s approval.
Some of the problems women with large breasts experience include:
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Poor posture
- Decreased ability to perform in sporting activities
- Grooves that form on the shoulders due to bra straps digging into the skin
- Irritation, rashes, and infections forming under the breasts
- Inability to fit into preferred clothing
If these problems sound familiar and you are at or close to your ideal weight and don’t smoke, a breast reduction may be the solution you need to attain the figure and comfort you want.
If you do smoke, you will need to quit weeks before your procedure. Additionally, you will have to stop taking birth control pills and medicines that increase bleeding (such as aspirin and ibuprofen).
How Is Breast Reduction Performed?
Breast reduction with a breast lift is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis and usually includes a breast lift.
Typically, an anchor-shaped incision is created. This incision runs around the areola, vertically down the lower pole of the breast, and along the crease beneath the breast (inframammary fold).
This incision allows excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat to be removed. Additionally, the remaining breast tissue is recontoured (lifted) during the operation. The nipple and areola are also repositioned to an appropriate level for a perky and natural appearance.
Great care is taken to minimize scarring, and the scars that do result from breast reduction surgery fade significantly over time.
How Long Is My Breast Reduction Recovery?
You will be given detailed instructions following the procedure to help ensure a successful healing process. A post-surgical bra may be needed to help support the breasts during the healing process to protect the incisions, promote blood circulation, and reduce swelling. This compression garment should be worn for six to eight weeks.
Expect at least one week of downtime before returning to regular activities, such as work or school. Bruising and swelling will continue for several weeks following the procedure, which will improve gradually.
You should wait at least four to six weeks before resuming any strenuous exercise or lifting.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect With Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a very satisfying procedure for alleviating pain in the neck, shoulder, and back. This surgery can also enhance a woman’s appearance by making her breasts more proportional to the rest of the body, which helps her look thinner and allows clothes to fit better.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the right time to schedule a breast reduction consultation?
If you feel you are a good candidate for breast reduction and aren’t planning to get pregnant in the immediate future, you can schedule your consultation at any time.
If you plan to have children, but your breasts are causing severe distress, talk to our surgeon about the changes you can expect your breasts to undergo during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is a chance that your newly reduced breasts may lose firmness and change shape under these conditions.
Should you consider breast reduction before pregnancy?
Genetics, age, body weight, pregnancy, nursing, and hormone changes all affect the breasts. Because of this, it is recommended that women wait until they are finished having children before undergoing breast reduction surgery. However, for many young women with very large breasts, waiting to have this procedure can adversely impact their lives.
What are the risks associated with breast reduction?
Your surgeon will discuss the risks of breast reduction in detail with you before your procedure. Your level of risk may vary depending on your individual needs, concerns, and health conditions. Risks can include:
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- Changes in sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Breast asymmetry
- Unfavorable scarring
- Potential inability or lessened ability to breastfeed
Can I combine breast reduction with any other procedures?
A breast lift is often performed at the same time as a breast reduction to improve the overall appearance of the breasts. Your surgeon will advise you whether this is the best option to achieve your desired aesthetic.
How much will a breast reduction cost?
The cost of a breast reduction will vary depending on the needs of the patients. This cost is influenced by the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, post-surgery garments, and pre-surgical tests. This fee may also be increased if additional procedures, such as breast lift surgery or liposuction of the chest area, are performed in combination with your breast reduction.
Insurance coverage may be available in some cases with prior authorization.
Your Top Breast Reduction Provider in Naples
Breast reduction is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures and boasts high patient satisfaction.
It can balance the proportions of your body, improve self-confidence, and even improve your athletic ability. To learn more about breast reduction surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Nalin Master or Dr. Rebecca Crane, our highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeons.
Call (239) 263-6766 today to schedule your consultation.
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