For some women in Miami, having larger breasts is not all that desirable. These women may find that too-large breasts make their bodies asymmetrical, cause their bra straps to dig into their shoulders and cause pain in their breasts, neck and back. Their self-esteem and even their personal and social relationships can be negatively affected. For some, the weight of their breasts actually affects the curvature of their spine. Fortunately, breast reduction is available to relieve uncomfortable symptoms.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgery that makes the breasts smaller by removing skin, fat, and tissue. Unlike breast augmentation or breast lift, the health problems caused by breasts that are too large allow breast reduction surgery to be covered by health insurance in many cases.
The patient will have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in our Miami office before receiving breast reduction surgery. The surgeon considers medical history as well as a family history. It is important for the doctor to know whether the patient has ever had breast surgery. The doctor takes photos of the patient’s breasts, measures them and discusses how much tissue needs to be removed in order for them to be the size the patient desires. The patient also has a breast exam and a mammography.
Most breast reduction surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will be completely asleep and will feel no pain. During the operation, the doctor then makes incisions in the breasts, removes unwanted tissue, then lifts and shapes the breasts. The nipple and the areola may need to be repositioned, but in most cases they remain attached to their blood supply. The doctor then places sutures deep within the breasts to support them and uses sutures, skin glue, or surgical tape to close the incisions. It takes about three to four months to completely heal from the surgery, but the patient will be able to see the changes in her breasts right away. This is especially noticeable when the swelling goes down.
If you believe that your breasts are too heavy, or you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, you can benefit from breast reduction surgery. Reach out to us here at Flores Plastic Surgery located in Miami to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!