Women who have overly large breasts often suffer from back and neck pain, skin irritations, and are usually limited in doing the things they want such as performing specific exercises or wearing certain pieces of clothing. Our Sarasota plastic surgeons perform breast reduction surgery to help such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped, lifted breasts that are in proportion with the rest of her body. Breast reduction surgery can provide a woman with self confidence and helps to alleviate many symptoms.
Breast Reduction Reviews
"40 Yr Old Mom of 3 and Wanted to Do Something for Me! - Sarasota, FL - I have to feel comfortable with my doctor. And with Dr. Derby, he was very friendly and informative. I was happy with him. He even called me on weekend to check up with me. Very comforting to get a call of Sunday from doctor.He is a sexy doctor! - - I had a breast reduction previously out of country and was not satisfied with results. I needed to arrange for a revision and found Dr. Derby. He did an amazing job. I am very happy with my results. I was scared in beginning but afterwards, everything went right.After the surgery, Dr. Derby came to see me in rehab center and was very accommodating, traveling to come see me. The office also is very nice. Excellent service."- F. / RealSelf / Oct 04, 2015
"55 Year Old Suffering Neck and Shoulder Pain Due to Very Large Breasts. Sarasota, FL - Dr. Brian Derby was excellent. From the very beginning I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Derby answered all my questions and concerns. He was professional at all times. - - I had been dealing with neck and shoulder pain for years due to my breast size. During my yearly visit to my primary Doctor I mention the pain I was having and that I was considering breast reduction surgery. She suggested Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. I met with Dr. Brian Derby at the center to discuss having the surgery. He was wonderful. After my consultation I decided it was time to proceed . I'm completely happy with my results. Dr. Derby was very profession during everything. I couldn't had made a better decision to proceed with the surgery. Recovery was difficult at times but, it was will worth it. I feel better, look better and my self esteem is back. I would recommend Dr. Derby to anyone considering reduction surgery!"- A. / RealSelf / Dec 19, 2015
"Best Decision and Great Results - Sarasota, FL - Dr Engel is incredibly talent and patient-oriented. He explained the procedure in detail, was always ready to answer questions, and prepared me for the surgery and post-op period. He has an eye for aesthetics and will really look at your body type to maximize the overall result. His stitches are so think you can hardly see the scar. I can only highly recommend him - - If you are thinking about a breast reduction surgery, I cannot recommend Dr Engel and his team enough. From the preoperative care and explanations, to the surgery and post-op care - they were incredibly competent, friendly and efficient. It took less than 24 hrs post-op to realise how my life was changed by the operation. The result is stunning - you can hardly see any scars (2 weeks post op). The doctors and medical team are really well trained - which is what you need for an operation like this - the aesthetic result is as close to perfection you can get. Gone is the backpack and I am standing upright all the time. I would recommend making them smaller than you might think initially - I went from a DD to a B cup and it looks perfect"- L. / RealSelf / Feb 23, 2016
"Dr. MOBLEY was a great listener and very thorough in his explanation about the procedure. You made me feel very confident that I had made the right decision in hiring him."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Oct 25, 2015
"Excited and Nervous! 34h to 34c/d (I Hope) - Sarasota, FL - Loved meeting him. Spent so much time with me! Will review surgery after its done. - - One week to go! I have been on this site for over a year and it's finally my turn! I have read, laughed, and commented and just love all your stories!! I started looking at doctors last year and just was so unsure if I wanted to do this (I am afraid of looking off without my chest) and did not find a doctor that I really clicked with.So, I started the process again this year, around March, met my final Doctor, and the countdown began! My husband is still on the fence, he loves my chest, but I am so tired of the weight! And I know they will only get bigger and droopier!I have worked hard the last 4 months getting healthy, eating well, losing some weight and firming up, and mentally preparing for this. Of course, I am nervous and excited and know that no matter how much I prepare, it's going to overwhelm me!I am 5'2", 162 pounds, and am a 34 H (with left being about 200cc bigger). I am hoping for some perky small D's when this is all done, but will be ok if they are C's (so insurance covers it).Mostly, I just wanted to say thank you to all the RS women who came before me, and posted your story, the good and the bad. I know I have seen more breasts in the last year, then in my whole life, but it has guided me in ways you will never know! Can't wait to be a member of the IBTC!!"- K. / RealSelf / May 27, 2016
It is important to find a highly skilled surgeon who has experience with this procedure. It is important to maintain a good blood supply to the nipple areola complex as there is risk of discoloration and loss of sensation when blood flow is restricted. Liposuction is also implemented to remove the excess fat while the loose skin will be excised and tightened to form the newly shaped breasts. This procedure is also implemented as a way to correct an issue of breast asymmetry.
The most common incision for breast reduction is what they call “the anchor” or a vertical T. With this kind of approach, the incision is made around the areola, extends vertically down to the breast crease, and then is followed by another horizontal incision along the direction of the fold. The areola will be repositioned once the breasts have been resized and recurved. A lift will also be done so that the breasts will be placed higher on the chest.
Breast reduction is always done in a surgical center under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression bra to protect the breasts. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operative. Results following a breast reduction are usually visible immediately after the surgery. Nipple sensitivity will gradually return within the first year.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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Breast Reduction FAQs
Will Results Last?
Breast reduction is a long-term solution for patients who are affected with excessively large breasts. In cases where there is significant weight gain, the results may be compromised just like any cosmetic procedure that modifies body shape. Natural aging and gravity will take their toll over time and will still affect the breasts with or without the reduction. It is important to maintain a good health routine so that the enhancement lasts for a long time.
For women with larger breasts, the areola is also excessively large. In a breast reduction surgery, an areola reduction is also considered. As an incision is made surrounding the areola, the excess skin will also be trimmed so that it is proportional to the breasts’ new shape.
How Much Reduction?
This varies depending on the doctor’s initial evaluation and the patient’s preference. Often, the reduction results in a cup or two smaller from the original breast size.