Breast Reduction Overview
Women who have overly large breasts often suffer from back and neck pain, skin irritations, and are usually limited to 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.
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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
"Dr. Derby Exceeded My Expectations - I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Brian Derby, Kerri, Lisa and the rest of the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. My experience could not have been better. I recently had breast reduction surgery. The last 3-years I have lived with back pain including upper back spasms. I went to my family doctor several times trying to figure out what was wrong with my back and why the p..."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 23, 2018
"Breast Reduction - Dr Mobley was perfect. Professional, through, sensitive and confident."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Apr 05, 2018
"Breast Reduction - I had a great deal of discomfort after breast cancer radiation and being cup DD size. Dr Mobley took time to decide if he would be able to do anything to help me and in the end we decided to go for it with the understanding there would be scars.I am now free of discomfort!"- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Apr 22, 2018
"Breast Reduction - Just a very relaxed examine and consult with nurses and doctor before surgery and was made to feel comfortable about the surgery. All around good experience."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jul 11, 2018
Breast Reduction Surgical Technique
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 During/After Surgery
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
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.