Why Reduce Breast Size?
Large and heavy breasts can cause back and shoulder pain, and inhibit activities such as exercise. Bra straps may leave indentations in the shoulders and large breasts can affect self-esteem and restrict shopping and clothes wearing. Reduction mammaplasty, commonly referred to as a breast reduction, removes soft tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola. The goal is to give the patient smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.
The reduction mammoplsty surgery is performed in an outpatient setting. If you are admitted to the hospital after surgery, you will be discharged the following morning. Techniques for reduction mammaplasty vary, but the most common procedure involves scar placement that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. You will need to wear a surgical bra for several weeks as the swelling and bruising subside. Please see all of our cosmetic surgery services here.
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Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
For patients interested in decreasing the overall size and weight of their breasts, breast reduction surgery is an excellent fit. Whether you’re seeking to reduce your breast size due to personal or health reasons, a breast reduction procedure can provide the results you’re hoping for. Breast reduction provides excellent outcomes for patients dealing with any of the following due to their breast size:
- Poor posture
- Pain or discomfort in the neck and/or back
- Chronic skin irritation in the breast area
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of low confidence or poor self-esteem
- Exercise and/or physical activity limitations
- Inability to find properly-fitting clothing and/or breast support
- Chafing, redness, and indentations caused by uncomfortably tight bra straps
As with any surgical procedure, the breast reduction surgery process will begin with a consultation with a surgeon, who will determine if you are a good candidate. Your doctor will meet with you to discuss your current challenges and long-term goals, as well as evaluate your present health and medical history.
Can a Breast Reduction Be Combined with a Breast Lift?
Often, breast reduction surgery can contribute to the appearance of lifted, perky breasts due to the removal of excess weight, skin, and tissue. However, the ultimate goal of this procedure is to decrease the size of the breasts, not necessarily reposition them. For that reason, many patients opt to combine breast reduction with a breast lift, resulting in smaller, more youthful-looking breasts overall. Pairing these procedures can offer the best of both worlds in terms of breast surgery: the reduction of uncomfortable weight as well as a beneficial boost, both contributing to a highly improved appearance and quality of life.
Can Men Have Breast Reduction Surgery?
While many patients assume that breast reduction surgery is only for women, many male patients find that the procedure can offer excellent results and an improved physique. Particularly for male patients dealing with gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), a male breast reduction is generally considered the most effective treatment option. Up to 50 percent of men in the United States are believed to experience the appearance of enlarged breasts, whether as a result of genetics, certain prescription medications, or other reasons. The cosmetic issue can occur in patients of all ages, and male breast reduction surgery can be an option for both teen and adult patients.
A male breast reduction is performed much in the same way as a female breast reduction, eliminating excess glandular tissue and fat for an overall firmer, flatter appearance. The cosmetic surgeon focuses on providing a masculine contour to the chest during the procedure, in contrast to preserving existing breasts for female patients.
Schedule a Consultation for a Breast Reduction in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wondering if a breast reduction is right for you? Vanguard Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is more than happy to offer personal consultations, giving each prospective patient the opportunity to meet with the doctor to explore their best-fit options. Our doctors are considered among the best cosmetic surgeons in Florida, working diligently to provide the latest in plastic surgery advancements and cutting-edge techniques. Ultimately, the Vanguard Aesthetic Plastic Surgery mission is to support each and every patient in the process of looking and feeling their best, and ensuring that you feel well-informed and confident every step of the way.
Contact Vanguard Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to schedule your breast reduction consultation in Fort Lauderdale, and let us help you reclaim your health and happiness.