Breast reduction surgery involves eliminating excess skin and glandular tissue from overly large breasts to reduce their size and provide a more attractive shape. Also known as “reduction mammaplasty,” this procedure is desired by women who wish to achieve breasts that are in more proportion with the rest of their body. Dr. Timothy Alexander performs breast reduction surgery for patients all over South Florida and surrounding areas.
Ideally, candidates for breast reduction are in good overall health and do not smoke. Patients cannot be pregnant or nursing, and the breasts must be fully developed before undergoing surgery. It is important that individuals have realistic expectations about the results of their surgery and seek breast reduction as a means to improve one or more of the following conditions with their breasts:
Drooping or sagging
Back, neck, and/or shoulder pain
Regular rashes or bra indentations
Limited physical activity
Breast reduction is usually completed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
An anchor-shaped incision is made around the areola that extends downward towards the breast crease, where a horizontal incision is made along the fold. After the correct breast skin and tissue are excised, the incisions are closed.
Once the procedure is finished, the incisions are bandaged, and the breast area is wrapped with a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising. Medication will be prescribed for any pain or discomfort that may exist during recovery. Most patients feel like they can return to work about a week after surgery, but they should avoid sleeping on their stomach for four weeks. To ensure a safe recovery, all exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month to give the body enough time to heal.
If the size of your breasts is effecting you physically or emotionally, we encourage you to contact our private office today. Dr. Timothy Alexander is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and has over thirty years of experience performing plastic surgery. To schedule a consultation with our surgeon, call (954) 589-0722 or conveniently fill out our online consultation form. We hope to hear from you soon!