Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction – Reduction Mammoplasty – Greater Miami, FL area

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Overview

Every year, thousands of women undergo successful breast reduction surgery in Miami, FL with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso, experience no major problems after their surgery, and are extremely pleased with the results. Reduction mammoplasty alleviates the physical symptoms caused by excessively heavy breasts, and may improve the shape and symmetry of the breasts. Following breast reduction, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better. 

During a completely private consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size, as well as anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. LaGrasso understand your expectations, and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

Breast Reduction Candidates

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have 1 or more of the following conditions:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • Asymmetrical breast (the breasts are not equal in size)
  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath your breasts
  • Indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts

Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Childbirth and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction before having children, and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. If you plan to breast-feed in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. LaGrasso.

Surgical Technique

It is important to find a highly skilled surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct an issue of breast asymmetry.

Incision Placement

The most common incision for breast reduction is what they call “the anchor” or a vertical T. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and recurved. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest. 

During/After Surgery

Breast reduction is always done in an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 – 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7 – 10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6 – 8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year. 

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Breast Reduction FAQs

Will Results Last?

Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.

Smaller Areola?

For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also considered. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.

How Much Reduction?

This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.

Are There Risks?

Fortunately, significant complications from breast reduction are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of women undergo successful breast reduction surgery in Miami, FL, experience no major problems, and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and the risks.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.