Women with overly large breasts often feel like their breasts are out of proportion with the rest of their figure, making them “top-heavy.” They may be experiencing shoulder or back pain, have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly or face unwanted attention because of their large breasts. Fortunately, there is a solution. Breast reduction surgery by board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., of the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery has already given hundreds of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County area women smaller and lighter breasts that are a better match for their frame. During this surgery, known in the medical world as reduction mammoplasty, excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed to make the breasts smaller.
WHAT IS BREAST REDUCTION?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the breast by removing excess breast tissue and skin. The procedure may also be used to reduce the size of the areola, or the dark area surrounding the nipple. In some cases, the areola must also be repositioned to accommodate the new shape of the breast after reduction. This procedure has been safely performed regularly on women for decades, and the results are permanent. In men, breast reduction surgery is called gynecomastia correction surgery and is also performed regularly and safely on thousands of men yearly.
BENEFITS OF BREAST REDUCTION
Breast reduction surgery is an optimal solution for women who have extremely large breasts that are disproportionate to their figure. For many women, this condition can cause back and shoulder pain and create a series of other inconveniences, as well as social embarrassment. Breast reduction surgery has been performed in the U.S. for decades and in some cases, the procedure may require only liposuction to remove fatty tissue. In both men and women, excess breast tissue is not only unsightly but can affect posture, confidence, and self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery may help restore confidence and self-esteem to individuals suffering from social embarrassment and discomfort due to excess fatty tissue in the breasts.
HOW INVOLVED IS THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
Breast reduction requires general anesthesia and three to five hours in the operating room, making it a fairly involved surgery. First, incisions are made around the nipple and areola, sometimes accompanied by incisions along the horizontal fold underneath each breast. Excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the remaining tissues sculpted to give the breasts natural-looking contours. These natural tissues may also be lifted to a higher chest position to counteract the long-term effect of gravity on large breasts. Finally, sutures are used to hold the incisions closed.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER BREAST REDUCTION?
After breast reduction, most patients take between one and two weeks off from work, though strenuous activities or heavy lifting should be avoided for up to two months. During the recovery period, a surgical bra or compression garment is worn to support the breast tissue as it heals. Common side effects include tenderness, soreness, bruising and swelling. Temporary skin numbness or changes in nipple sensitivity are also common.
IS BREAST REDUCTION RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are a woman and are unhappy with the large size of your breasts, breast reduction may be right for you. Some patients find that their large breasts cause physical pain. Others seek smaller breasts for cosmetic reasons. Good candidates for reduction mammoplasty are adult women in good overall health.
HOW MUCH DOES BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY COST?
The cost of breast reduction varies significantly based on the volume and type of tissue removed and the amount of surgical sculpting being performed, among other factors. Financing is available.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
Through breast reduction, Fort Lauderdale and Broward County area women can achieve breasts that are smaller, lighter and a more proportionate match for the rest of their figure. If you are considering surgery, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., today for your consultation at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery.