Breast Reduction (Mammaplasty)

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is proportionate to your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems. In addition to creating self-image issues, overly heavy breasts can cause real physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

You are a good candidate for breast reduction if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You don’t smoke
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • You experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • You have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Your breasts hang low and have stretched skin
  • Your nipples rest below the breast crease when your breasts are unsupported
  • You have enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin

The success and safety of your breast reduction procedure highly depends on your complete candidness during your consultation. Your surgeon will ask a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of your breast reduction procedure and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure for breast reduction

The Surgery

  • In-House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1½-4 hours duration
  • Post-Op office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort
  • Return to work/driving by fifth day
  • Light exercise at end of two weeks
  • Full exercise at end of one month

For examples of the before-and-after results of breast reductions performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.

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