The breast reduction procedure may be life-changing for women who have experienced lifelong discomfort from overly large, disproportional, or pendulous breasts.
For those who have breasts that pose an inconvenience to lifestyle, fashion, and physical activity, breast reduction may be an effective way to permanently address this problem. To ensure that future revision is not necessary, breast reduction should only be done once the breasts have reached a consistent, mature stage of development.
When to Consider a Breast Reduction
Ideal breast reduction candidates are healthy women whose breasts have reached full development and who have been maintaining a stable, healthy weight. Patients may require breast reconstruction for the following reasons:
- Disproportionately large breasts
- Heavy breasts that may cause stress on the body
- Nipples or areolas that point downward
- Asymmetrical breast sizes
- Skin irritation below the breasts
- Restriction of activity due to breast size
- Dissatisfaction with breast size
Patients who smoke, have certain medical conditions, or take certain medications may have slower recovery times. Those who intend to have additional children or breastfeed in the future may wish to postpone breast reduction.
What are the steps of the breast reduction procedure?
A general anesthetic is administered for patient comfort prior to the procedure. The most common incision placements are around the areola, along the breast crease, and a vertical line connecting the two. Excess tissue is removed, the areola is resized if necessary and repositioned at a higher level. The skin is reattached on the underside of the breast and the incisions are closed with fine sutures for minimal scarring.
How long is recovery following the procedure?
A compression garment may be used to minimize swelling or bruising and provide breast support during recovery. A tube may be placed for proper drainage of any fluids which may accumulate. The initial appearance may be obscured by swelling and bruising, which may increase for the first few days. The stitches may be removed during the next 1-3 weeks, during which time a support bra may be provided to protect the breasts and keep them in place. Their size and shape should normalize over the next few weeks.
Is there scarring from a breast reduction?
There will be visible scarring from breast reduction. However, the extent of scarring depends greatly on the particular technique used. In most cases, scarring will not be visible in underwear or swimwear and will continue to fade for six months.
How will I feel after the procedure?
There may be some general discomfort and tenderness in the treatment area initially, which can be managed effectively with supportive clothing and the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Are there any possible complications?
The breast reduction procedure has a very low incidence of complications. These may include asymmetry, the difference in nipple height, surface irregularities, and loss of sensation. Much like other surgeries, breast reduction also has a low risk of infection, poor wound healing, and bleeding.
Learn More About Breast Reduction in Tampa
For more information about breast reduction, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact us at 813-631-1500. Our Tampa Palms cosmetic surgery office is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel. Dr. Gerard Mosiello is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Tampa Palms, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and the entire Tampa Bay area. He has expertise in a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including breast augmentation and enhancement, breast lift surgery, breast reconstruction, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring.