Breast Reduction near Fort Lauderdale, FL
Very large, heavy breasts can cause many physical and functional problems. Typical problems include neck and back pain, deep grooving on shoulders from bra straps, an uncomfortable pulling sensation on the chest, inability to wear many clothing styles, inability to exercise comfortably, and rashes under the breast. Further, large breasts can cause problems with self-examination and mammography. Located in Coral Springs, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David J. Levens performs breast reduction for the women of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction (mammaplasty) reduces excess breast size and weight along with lifting your breasts. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement in symptoms immediately after reduction. They not only feel better physically but are able to wear many new clothing styles for the first time and can often participate in many activities and sports that were off limits prior to reduction.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
The physical changes to the breasts after reduction surgery are easily seen by most people. What is not so easy to detect are the emotional effects of the surgery. Large breasts can cause women chronic pain in their backs, shoulders and necks, and these symptoms will significantly affect one’s quality of life. Additionally, women who are uncomfortable with the large size of their breasts feel self-conscious and uneasy about their appearances. Breast reduction can actually make a woman feel more feminine.
Good Candidates for Breast Reduction
The best candidates for breast reduction are:
- Bothered by large breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of the body
- Suffering from physical and functional difficulties as a result
Breast Reduction Before and After Photos in Fort Lauderdale, FL
What Happens During Breast Reduction?
During breast reduction surgery, Dr. Levens reduces the size of the lower skin envelope of the breast to reposition the breast mound upward and repositions the nipple and areola upward on the newly shaped breast. To remove excess tissue from the breasts and reposition the nipple and areola, incisions are made in the lower part of the breast. These incisions produce scars, which are visible, but improve significantly over six to 12 months. The scars are usually located around the nipple, from the lower center of the areola to the fold beneath the breast, and in the fold beneath the breast. The extent and location of the scars depend to some degree on the size and shape of your breasts.
Dr. Levens precisely weighs the amount of tissue removed, sits you up on the operating table, and carefully compares your breasts to assure as much symmetry as possible before closure.
Prior to performing the surgery, Dr. Levens will mark your breasts while you are in a seated position, as a guide during the operation. Prior to closing surgery, he will again put you in a seated position so he can carefully compare your breasts to assure as much symmetry as possible. He will also refer to your pre-operative pictures during surgery to assure the best possible result he can achieve in your situation. All incisions will be carefully closed with sutures placed beneath the skin.
After breast reduction surgery, you will wear a special bra for two to three weeks. You will be able to shower two to three days after your breast reduction.
Special Considerations for Breast Reduction Patients
To reposition the nipple upward onto the new breast mound, the nipple is left attached to a stalk of tissue within the breast. This is designed to preserve blood supply and nerve supply, but both may be decreased after reduction. Most patients experience a return of sensation over a few months, but some permanent loss of sensation is possible following reduction. In very large breasts, or breasts with certain configurations, the nipple may have to be completely detached and replaced as a graft.
When reducing the amount of milk-producing tissue within the breast, it is necessary to divide some of the milk ducts that converge at the nipple. For this reason, the ability to nurse may also be decreased following breast reduction. However, many patients have nursed successfully after reduction.
In a small percentage of cases, risks common to all surgical procedures can occur, such as bleeding, infection, and scar tissue formation. Dr. Levens will give you detailed information about these and other rare risks during his discussion with you and in written information about breast reduction.
Recovery after Breast Reduction in Florida
Most patients have minimal pain after breast reduction surgery, but often experience some sensations of tightness or fullness. You may have a moderate feeling of soreness for which Dr. Levens will prescribe medication. Most patients require medication for only two to three days, if at all.
For 48 to 72 hours, you may have a sensation of tightness; this will fade over the next several days as the swelling decreases. You may develop slight bruising on the breasts, which will fade in about one week.
Breast reduction is done on an outpatient basis. The typical schedule of recovery is:
- Bruising and swelling for 10 to 14 days.
- Return to work and social activities within 5 to 7 days.
- Partake in aerobic or strenuous activities within 3 to 4 weeks.
Dr. Levens will encourage you to return to normal activity as soon as you can, but for the first two to three weeks, you should avoid strenuous activity that would push your pulse over 100 bpm. Any aerobic activity at this level increases your blood pressure, and could make you bleed. Also, avoid excessive, exaggerated movements with your arms.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
The cost of breast reduction surgery is based upon an individual treatment plan that Dr. Levens develops during your consultation. After the appointment, we provide you with a total cost and explain our payment options, including cash, personal check, Visa®, MasterCard® and American Express®. If you are interested in financing your breast reduction surgery, our patient coordinators will explain how to apply for CareCredit®, Alphaeon Credit, or Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
Learn More about Breast Reduction
Dr. Levens will review every aspect of breast reduction with you during your complimentary consultation. Patient Coordinators Diana and Chris will discuss fees, financing plans, and scheduling, and answer any additional questions. There is absolutely no obligation to schedule a procedure. To arrange your consultation, please contact us today.
Dr. Levens has been providing breast reduction for women in Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout Broward County since 1989.