Breast lift and reduction surgery is a popular procedure for women looking to reduce their breast size and improve the shape of their breasts. The procedure is often performed to help treat back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, which are common complaints of women with large breasts.
Breast lift and reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be asleep during the procedure. It usually takes anywhere between 2-3 hours to perform.
The average cost of breast lift and reduction surgery in the U.S. is $5,000-$12,000. This can vary depending on factors like where you live (many metropolitan areas have higher costs than rural areas), your insurance provider, etc.
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What is an Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure used to remove the excess fat, tissue & skin from the breasts of men and women. If you have large breasts, you may choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery is ideal for those who would like a smaller chest. This includes both males and females. Some women find too big of a chest can get in the way of obstruct certain activities and men often do breast reduction surgery to feel more comfortable in their body.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed in office or at an off-site surgery center, and it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t have to stay overnight in the hospital after. During the procedure, breast tissue is removed, and the breast is reshaped so you will have natural curves and your chest will appear as though nothing was ever done.
It is the surgeon’s goal to make sure that you are left with aesthetically pleasing results as well as minimal scarring. In general, the procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours depending on the details of your individual case and the amount of reduction that is necessary to obtain your desired results.
After your breast reduction surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room to wake up from anesthesia, and so the doctors and nurses can make sure there are no complications. Once you are discharged to go home, you may experience some swelling and soreness.
During the recovery time, it is important to listen and pay attention to your body, so you know when to call your doctor for help. Generally, the swelling and soreness will subside anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after your surgery.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Female patients feel a relief of the back, neck and shoulder pain. Women with larger breasts often experience musculoskeletal issues due to the added strain of large breasts. Male patients have an improved self image and confidence.
Cosmetic Surgeries & Procedures
All cosmetic surgeries and procedures are discussed in detail so you can obtain a solid understanding of the surgery, recovery time, and expected results. We encourage you to visit our Before and After Galleries, so you can view prior patients, their real results, and the quality of work performed by Dr. Zubowicz and his team.
The most important factor for every surgical outcome is your choice of a board certified plastic surgeon. Do your homework, ask lots of questions, review before and after photos, and read patient reviews. Plastic surgery is a decision that will last a lifetime, so make an educated decision that you can feel good about tomorrow and in many years to come.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
Breast augmentation is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. When fat from another part of the patient’s body is used to create the improved breast volume, the procedure is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation.
What breast augmentation surgery can do
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve balance of breast and hip contours
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury.
What breast augmentation surgery can’t do
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.
Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making this decision.
What is breast reduction surgery?
A breast reduction, also known as a mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure which can serve various purposes for individuals suffering from side effects brought on by large breasts. First, the reduction mammoplasty can help give women a more proportionate breast size that properly suits their body frame.
Similar to women with small breast which crave a fuller breast appearance, women suffering from abnormally large breast desire a natural looking bust. Furthermore, a breast reduction can help restore breasts that have experienced volume loss brought on by pregnancy, weight gain, or aging.
Although a reduction mammoplasty is often done to increase the attractiveness of abnormally large breasts, it can also serve to alleviate women from neck, chest, and back pain. Unlike most elective cosmetic procedures, a breast reduction may be covered by medical insurance due to the physical and emotional side effects brought on by heavy breast.
Breast Reduction is not limited to the female population. Oftentimes, men experience an excess amount of breast tissue in their pectoral area as well. This can be caused by a variety of reasons such as hormonal imbalances or sedentary lifestyle; however, this issue can be addressed through a gynecomastia procedure (male breast reduction).
This procedure may help those suffering from
- Back pain
- Pain under breast due to chaffing,
- Unwanted attention
- Emotional distress.
Unlike the breast augmentation procedure, this surgery can be performed on individuals ranging from fifteen and older, depending on the amount of breast tissue present. However, like all medical procedures, these candidates must be in good standing health and free of any life-threatening conditions.
Pros and cons of breast reduction
The reason why an individual may want to undergo a reduction of breasts varies but the benefits of this procedure are evident. This procedure is one of the most common procedures performed on the female population therefore information is available virtually everywhere online.
It is 100% safe and proven to be a very effective procedure providing results to a variety of ages. Body confidence can be fully restored after undergoing the reduction procedure, improving your overall daily life.
The con of this procedure include any side effects and complications that may occur. When undergoing any cosmetic procedure, understand that there will always be a chance for side effects, risks and complications.
The mammoplasty can be potentially challenging and requires attentive preoperative planning and recovery care. A few of the more familiar risks include infections, internal bruising, hematoma, modification to the nipple and breast sensitivity, soreness, bleeding, fluid imbalance, capsular contracture, and embolism.
All potential side effects from the procedure can be efficiently treated through proper instruction follow through and medication for pain management.
The ASPS states that:
“ The decision to have reduction surgery for breasts is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks of breast reduction surgery and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or plastic surgery staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.”
Risks are rare but may Include:
- Harsh scars
- Infection if wounds are not properly treated
- Temporary or permanent loss of sensitivity in the nipple
- Hematomas and Bruising
- Embolism (Blood clots)
- Improper incision healing
- Irregularities is breast shape
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Accumulation of extracellular fluid
- Inability to breastfeed if nerve is not properly intact
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Breast reduction procedure candidates
If individuals are experiencing the side effects of heavy breasts such as sagging or back pain, they may be a candidate for this procedure.
Unlike most cosmetic procedures, most can visually note or understand that the breast reduction is necessary to alleviate their discomfort. The breast reduction works to not only improve breast anatomy, but also correct drastic and exaggerated breast development.
This ASPS states,
“Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience 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 can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain. Breast reduction is a good option for you if you are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, don’t smoke, are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large, have breasts that limit your physical activity, experience back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, have shoulder indentations from bra straps, and/or have skin irritation beneath the breast crease”.
How Reduction mammoplasty is performed at Jolie Plastic Surgery
Breast reduction Miami is performed through a variety of different techniques and incision methods. Most breast surgeons have mastered a specific method, but some individuals may benefit more from a specific technique due to their situation and ideal result.
At the moment you decide you are ready to evaluate your reduction mammoplasty options, schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate which method would be ideal for you.
The General Steps for the Reduction Mammoplasty include:
A reduction mammoplasty surgery is considered a major cosmetic procedure due to the incisions and extraction of skin tissue. Therefore, this surgery must be performed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and painless procedure.
While receiving general anesthesia, the patient is intubated by way of a certified anesthesiologist who inserts a breathing tube through your throat. Throughout the procedure, the anesthesiologist will administer intravenous medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.
At first you will feel at ease and calmed at the intravenous medication begins. After you are relaxed, the general anesthesia will be administered. This is the moment in which you will not remember feeling or consciousness throughout the procedure. Your blood pressure and pulse will remained at a low level and monitored during the entire process.
Rest assured that Jolie Plastic Surgery provides the highest trained anesthesiologists in the South Florida Area. Our anesthesiologist team constantly overlooks the patient’s vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing at the time of the procedure.
The breast surgeon creates either a circular incision around the areola or an anchor style incision around the breast and nipple. Once the incision is made, it is pulled upward so that the doctor can work on reducing the breast tissue. During this process, the nipple remains intact with its nerve and blood supply in order to avoid loss of nipple sensitivity.
The incision are then sutured to bring together the reduced breast size. By laying the sutures, the breast surgeons are able to create new support for the newly formed breasts. Although the scarring is permanent, through the use of specific gels, the patient can lessen their appearance.
Breast reduction techniques
In selecting an ideal reduction mammoplasty procedure for your situation, note that the techniques vary by the incision method. These incisions include the lollipop, the anchor, the crescent incision and the circumareolar (Benelli) method.
The Lollipop Method
The lollipop method is tailored to women suffering specifically from large, hanging, or sagging breasts. This technique is named “lollipop” because of the incision made around the areola (nipple) leading down the lower center of the breasts. The lollipop incision allows plastic surgeons the ability to provide tightening and reduction techniques.
The Anchor Method
The anchor method is ideal for individuals with a longer distance from the crease of the breasts to the nipple. Also, this incision technique is best for those who suffer from a significant “droop” appearance in the breasts.
The incision is done similarly to the lollipop but continues along the lower sides of the breasts. Although this method is considered to be the most invasive, the anchor incision allows for the surgeon to work with most breast surface area, providing the best results.
The Crescent Method
The crescent method is tailored to women who have usual sitting breasts but are specifically suffering from downward facing nipples. The crescent breast is performed by creating an incision on the northern end of the areola in the shape of a crescent moon. This allows the surgeon to remove excess skin between the breast and nipple, which causes the downward appearance.
The Circumareolar Method
This method, often known as the Benelli incision, is performed on women who will benefit from a mild breast reduction as opposed to a more invasive option. The technique works by executing an incision throughout the entire circumference of the areola. The reduction mammoplasty surgeon then crafts the desired breast appearance by removing the excess skin around the nipple. The nipples are then stitched back into the breasts leaving them in a natural yet reduced state.
Breast reduction Miami combined with other cosmetic procedures
Breast reduction and lift
If women are experiencing sagging breast in combination with excessive volume brought on by pregnancy, weight loss, or age related factors, they may decide to undergo a breast lift and reduction at the same time. A highly trained surgeon can bring up the breast tissue all while decreasing its size for a more natural appearance.
Breast reduction and implants
If women have extremely asymmetrical breast or wish to plump their breast appearance in which a way breast tissue cannot supply, a reduction and implant procedure may be helpful. Reduction with implants for breast is ideal for those women who have experienced loss of skin elasticity and/or stretchmark around their breast. Many women opt to have a reduction, lift, and implant place in there breast for the best results!
How much is a breast reduction?
The price of the reduction mammoplasty procedure varies according to:
- Surgeon’s experience
- State in which the procedure is performed
- Complexity of the procedure
The complexity of the procedure depends on the amount of skin and breast tissue that must be extracted as well as the type of incision selected. Jolie Plastic Surgery reduction prices range between $2,500-$8,000 depending on various factors.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons expanded on the cost of this procedure by stating:
“Reduction mammoplasty costs can vary widely. The average cost of reduction mammoplasty (aesthetic patients only) is $5,631, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A surgeon’s cost for reduction mammoplasty surgery may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic location of the office. Your surgeon may offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask”.
The Cost of Cosmetic Procedures at Jolie Plastic Surgery include:
- Surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Medical/laboratory tests
- Prescriptions for medications
- Post-op garments
- Surgeon’s fee
Breast reduction surgery recovery & results
Before the surgery, each patient receives a thorough explanation as to what actions will aid in their healing process and what items or movements they should avoid. Patients will be shown how to properly take care of wounds in order to illicit the best results.
As with other breast procedures, recovering from the reduction mammoplasty and reduction may take some time. Pain and discomfort is to be expected within the first two to three weeks post-operation. However, this pain will be managed by the pain prescriptions provided by the doctor.
Patients must wear a pressure garment to aid in the healing process until told. After the pressure garment is no longer needed, the doctor will provide you with a bandage and or/sports bra to be worn until further notice.
Preparing for surgery and choosing your plastic surgeon
This procedure may mean different opportunities to different individuals.
For some, this procedure will alleviate back pain brought on by excessively large breasts. For others, the breast reduction and reduction may mean having the desired breast size that they may have always desired. Although the reason to undergo surgery may differ, making the choice to go through with this procedure is one of the first steps to a more self-empowered outlook on life.
The ASPS states that Prior to breast reduction surgery:
“You may be asked to get lab testing or a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue, stop smoking well in advance of reduction mammoplasty surgery avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding”.
In preparation for the surgery, patients must quit smoking 1 month before and after the procedure in order to ensure proper healing process. Plastic surgeons also suggest that patients increase intake of immune-boosting vitamins such as vitamin C.
However, blood thinners such as vitamin E, omega 3s, and aspirin must be discontinued before surgery as they may lead to complications. Patients are advised to fill any prescriptions for pain management before the surgery to ensure a painless recovery.
We always suggest that patients perform thorough research when deciding which plastic surgeon to perform any procedure on their body. Remember that the results for cosmetic procedures are supposed to be durable; therefore, you should be very comfortable with your doctor. We suggest looking into the doctor’s educational history, training, and previous work such as before and afters.
If you are interested in this life-changing procedure, call Jolie Plastic Surgery at (305) 262-8347 so that you can embrace your beauty once again!