Breast Reduction Surgery in Florida
Patients with large, pendulous breasts may suffer from neck, back and shoulder pain due to the weight of their breast and the pull of their bra. Breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and weight of the breasts in order to reduce these symptoms. It can also restore a more natural shape to the breast, and return the nipple to a more normal position on the breast mound. This procedure may be performed using a variety of incisions depending on the size and shape of the breasts. Dr. Tyrone routinely utilizes a wide variety of breast reduction techniques to help obtain optimal surgical results. Some of the newer techniques can give excellent results while limiting the length of the scar. This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, and may be covered by your medical insurance plan.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at Dr. Tyrone’s ambulatory surgery facility located in Gainesville, Florida. Our convenient location allows Dr. Tyrone to easily perform breast reduction surgery on patients from not only Gainesville and Alachua county, but also on patients from all of north central Florida. Dr. Tyrone understands that the decision to undergo breast reduction surgery is an important one. Dr. Tyrone knows the importance of educating you before, during and after the procedure and firmly believes the most informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident and satisfied patients.
Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few of the commonly asked questions regarding breast reduction surgery. We understand that patients often have many other questions, and we strongly encourage you to write them down and bring them with you to your consultation. Dr. Tyrone is happy to answer any question you may have, and believes the most informed patients are the most satisfied patients.
- Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
- What will my breast reduction consultation with Dr. Tyrone entail?
- Where are the incisions placed for breast reduction surgery?
- What do I need to do to prepare for my breast reduction surgery?
- What results can I expect from my breast reduction surgery?
- Where will my breast reduction surgery take place?
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that reduces the size and enhances the shape of a woman’s breast. It is one of the more common procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tyrone. Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are patients who have large pendulous breasts, large breasts which are out of proportion to the rest of their body and patients who have one breast which is much larger than the other (ie breast asymmetry). Patients with large breasts often have neck and back pain as well as skin irritation in between and underneath their breasts. Patients with macromastia (ie large breasts) also frequently have bra-strap grooving. If you have large breasts and symptoms as previously described, insurance may cover the costs of your surgery.
Dr. Tyrone performs breast reduction surgery with the latest, most refined techniques available. Following a breast reduction, symptoms of back and neck pain as well as skin irritation are often corrected. Though scarring is permanent, the scars do fade over time. Despite the scarring involved in breast reduction surgery, patients who have had breast reduction surgery are amongst Dr. Tyrone ’s happiest plastic and cosmetic surgery patients.
What will my breast reduction consultation with Dr. Tyrone entail?
During your initial breast reduction consultation, Dr. Tyrone will inquire about your medical and surgical history including current medications and allergies. It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history as safety is Dr. Tyrone’s top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted complications after surgery. You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking a breast reduction. Details of breast reduction surgery will be discussed including the location of the incisions and resultant scars. The risks of surgery will be discussed in detail.
You will then be asked to put a gown on, and Dr. Tyrone will examine your breast for any abnormalities. Differences between the 2 breasts (i.e. asymmetry) will be noted and proposed incisions demonstrated. Based on your examination, measurements and photographs, Dr. Tyrone will be able to determine which breast reduction technique will work best for you. Dr. Tyrone encourages you to ask any questions during you consultation. Following your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator to discuss scheduling your surgery and answer any questions you may have forgotten to ask Dr. Tyrone. Numerous before and after photographs of actual breast reduction patients will be reviewed during your consultation.
Breast reduction surgery is not an exact science. Although the majority of women experience no complications, Dr. Tyrone will discuss potential risks and complications of breast reduction surgery at the time of your consultation. Prior to undergoing breast reduction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, it is important for you to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with your procedure.
Where are the incisions placed for breast reduction surgery?
Incisions are typically located around the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) extending down to the fold underneath the breast, and underneath the breast itself. There are many “short scar” techniques that eliminate the incision placed underneath the breast. Dr. Tyrone will let you know during your consultation if you are a candidate for a minimal incision breast reduction. Candidates for a minimal incision breast reduction are frequently those patients seeking a small reduction and have minimal excess breast skin and stretch marks. When a short scar breast reduction technique is used, liposuction is frequently utilized to reduce the lateral and axillary breast fullness. For patients seeking a breast reduction who do not wish to have any scars, a lipo-breast reduction may also be an option (utilizing liposuction to reduce the volume of the breasts with several small incisions). This may be an option if skin quality of the breast is good and minimal nipple elevation is required. Just as any other surgical scar or incision, incisions from breast reduction surgery predictably mature and fade over time. Dr. Tyrone will instruct you on how to optimize and support your incisions in the postoperative period to obtain the best scar possible.
What do I need to do to prepare for my breast reduction surgery?
Once you have scheduled your breast reduction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions that discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your breast reduction surgery, you may need basic blood work and medical clearance from your primary medical doctor. You will receive prescriptions form Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator prior to breast reduction surgery. A mammogram may be requested if Dr. Tyrone feels it is indicated. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from your breast reduction surgery.
You will receive a list of medications (ie aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your breast redcution surgery with Dr. Tyrone. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after breast reduction surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before your breast reduction, shower and wash as you would normally and do not eat or drink after midnight.
What results can I expect?
Provided you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be lighter and higher up on your chest. If you had a large breast reduction and suffered from back pain, neck pain and rashes underneath your breasts, these will often be significantly improved. Your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better. If your weight remains stable, your breast size should remain stable as well. Maintaining a relationship with Dr. Tyrone after your breast reduction surgery is important to help you address any changes and other concerns which may arise. Regular examination by Dr. Tyrone and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated.
Where will my surgery take place?
Dr. Tyrone performs breast reduction surgery at Laser and Outpatient Surgical Center. Every measure has been taken to ensure your safety and comfort. Anesthesia services are provided by board-certified MD anesthesiologists.
When you arrive at the outpatient surgery center for your breast reduction with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the preoperative area. Dr. Tyrone, his nurses and the anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your surgery.
If Dr. Tyrone feels a hospital is a more appropriate setting for your surgery, he has full privileges at several local hospitals including Shands UF.
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