Breast reduction, also referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of overly large breasts to improve body balance and comfort. Patients often opt for a breast reduction when they begin to experience the physical or emotional discomforts of overly large breasts. This includes neck pain and shoulder pain from carrying around extra weight on the chest. Patients might also complain about not being able to wear the clothes they’d like or finding exercise uncomfortable. Patients can find relief from these discomforts and improve their confidence with the breast reduction procedure.
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The techniques used during your breast reduction surgery will depend on the size of your breasts and your goals. Liposuction is often used when excess fat is causing an overly large breast volume. Another technique is surgical tissue excision, usually required when a significant decrease is desired. During the breast reduction, the nipples can also be repositioned, and some women opt for a breast lift as well to remove stretched or excess skin and breast tissue to optimize their results. Dr. Shaddix will go over which techniques are best for you at your breast reduction consultation.
The breast reduction procedure will be performed under general anesthesia in our surgical facility. The techniques used during the procedure will differ from patient to patient. The most common technique requires an incision around the areola and a vertical incision down to the breast crease and under the breast. Excess tissue, skin, and fat will be removed and the nipples and areolas will be lifted to a natural-looking position. The incisions will then be closed with sutures.
After breast reduction, plenty of rest will be required. This involves limiting activity and taking the proper time off work to recover at home. Most women wait one week before returning to work and regular daily activity. Your breasts will be bandaged immediately after surgery and you will then be instructed to wear a surgical bra and/or compression garments to ensure proper healing and reduce swelling. This should be worn for about six weeks or until you have been cleared by Dr. Shaddix.
You can expect some degree of discomfort, but this can be managed with a prescription pain medication from Dr. Shaddix or an over-the-counter pain medication. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shaddix will provide you with all the necessary post-op instructions at the time of your procedure. He will also be available to answer any questions you might have along the way.
Can breast grow back after reduction?
No, although with weight gain, your body will grow in proportion to your new breast size. Breast tissue removed through breast reduction will not return without weight gain throughout the rest of the body.
Can you drink alcohol after breast reduction?
Dr. Shaddix will give you specific instructions for your breast reduction recovery, but typically you should avoid alcohol and all other
Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast reduction?
You may experience some sensation loss or change after your breast reduction, it should come back over time as part of the recovery process. A percentage of patients will experience permanent loss of sensation.
Do you lose weight after breast reduction?
While breast reduction is not a weight loss procedure, the results it achieves can often make people feel more empowered to take control of their exercise routine, no longer experiencing the negative symptoms of having overly large breasts.
Does breast size affect weight?
Breast size only slightly influences weight. In the average breast reduction procedure, only a few pounds are removed to affect the overall weight of a patient.
Does insurance pay for breast reduction?
Insurance will not cover the cost of cosmetic breast reduction. However, if your primary healthcare provider has deemed your breast reduction to be medically necessary, you may be able to find a surgeon who will accept your insurance. Contact your insurance company for help locating a participating surgeon.
To find out more information about what you can expect and determine if you are a candidate for surgery, call Shaddix Plastic Surgery today. We proudly serve Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Destin, Fort Walton, and all of Northwest Florida and the Gulf Coast. To schedule your consultation, call our office or fill out our consultation form below!